I kid you not: Senator Obama's campaign adviser is now saying he is not "like a high school-girl waiting for date."
There are so many disturbing things about this adviser's comments and the plans being made by Senator Obama one hardly knows where to begin, let alone end.
Here's a few, just off the top of my head:
- The tin ear showing underlying misogyny and sexism reveals itself again, via the adviser's remarks. Every high school girl in America and everybody who ever was one or respected one should be disgusted by this comment. Why? Because it is disgusting. And no less disgusting because made by a woman. (Based on her name, I'm guessing that the adviser is female. But women, like men can be misogynist and sexist toward women. Sadly, sometimes the most bigoted people are those who have internalized a larger cultural attitude often applied to them.)
- Then there's the fresh display of contempt not only for women, and not only for Senator Clinton, but also for voters' rights. This time it is the superdelegates Senator Obama wants to tamper with. Note that even if right this minute he succeeded in getting every superdelegate to say he or she would be or is supporting him, a superdelegate is in no way way pledged before the actual Party Convention: they are committed by their ballots at that time and they can change their votes in between balloting if it takes more than one round to select a nominee.
- Senator Obama is either not as smart as I would assume him to be or he is as arrogant as many others think he is. But either way, his plan to claim this nomination prior to the only event this year at which a candidate can become the official candidate of the Democratic Party further demonstrates a peculiar approach to internal Party rules. Senator Obama insists on them when it suits him; and disregards them when they do not. Let us hope he does not take take a similar approach to laws.
Courtesy of ABC News
The Obama campaign is not worried about the tempest that erupted at a Washington, D.C., hotel on Saturday when top Clinton adviser Harold Ickes threatened to take the fight over Michigan's delegates all the way to the convention.
"He said 'reserve the right,' not that he was going to do it," said Obama adviser Anita Dunn. "They have to get through the next three days. I've been there before."
Now that the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee has decided what to do with the Florida and Michigan delegations, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is 68 delegates away from clinching the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.
Obama's campaign expects to win around 38 delegates in the final three contests of Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Montana. If he hits that mark, it would leave him 30 superdelegates away from his party's nod.
The Obama campaign is pushing superdelegates to come on board by Tuesday so that Obama can claim his party's presidential nomination when he speaks that evening at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The site was chosen because it is the same place where Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will formally receive the GOP's presidential nomination in early September.
Asked if Obama would wait to get a concession call from Clinton before claiming the nomination, Dunn said the onus was on Clinton now that the Democratic Party has firmed up the number of delegates needed to claim the party's nod.
"He's not going to wait by the phone like a high-school girl waiting for a date," said Dunn. "That's not Barack Obama."