Obama is the projected winner of this last primary, though no margin is estimated at this time.Obama to speak from Saint Paul.There is good information out there that Clinton and Obama are working out a meeting as soon as possible.There is also excellent information out there indicating that Clinton is interested in being vice president.These two things are probably related.
In Saint Paul, at the same stadium where the Republicans will hold their convention later this sumer.I won’t be live blogging this because it won’t be as suspensful as Clinton’s speech. He is expected to acknowledge his position as presumptive nominee.
Clinton thanks South Dakota who “had the last word” in this primary season (oops, that would be Montana, but whatever).She honored Barak Obama and his supporters for “all they have accomplished.”Clinton noted the great increase in previously uninvolved voters and the unprecedented raising of money, as well as the importance of her campaign in relation to women’s rights and political standing. (Especially noting the women in her campaign who were born before women were allowed to vote in the US.She noted that people across the country and the territories all had a chance to vote for the candidate they felt would be best, strongest, most experienced, etc. and that the majority of people voted for her. She noted that she had won the swing states necessary to get the necessary electoral votes in the general election.Clinton ran over the litany ways in which the Republicans have screwed up our country and the rest of the world, noting as well that the average hard working person is invisible to the president. But not to Hillary.Then, she asked the question: Continue reading Clinton Speaks in New York City
Fifty seven to forty three percent.
For the first time in history, a black man is one of the main candidates for election to the office of the President of the United States, having achieved the number of delegates required to be offered the nomination of the Democratic Party. This is based on recent declaration by several super delegates for Obama and the estimated outcome of the South Dakota polls, which closed moments ago.
A Christian legal organization says it has sued to stop New York from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.The Alliance Defense Fund says it filed its lawsuit Tuesday in a court in the Bronx. Several Republican state senators are named as party to the suit.Gay marriage is unconstitutional in New York. Gov. David Paterson however told state agencies on May 14 that New York must recognize same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts, Canada and other places where they are legal.The Arizona-based legal group filing the lawsuit has intervened elsewhere in gay marriage and religious freedom cases including those involving abortion and what it calls traditional family values.source
Most importantly, Clinton seems to be stressing the importance of the party (the Democratic Party) winning in November. Continue reading AP: Clinton is open to VP spot
Ted Kennedy is out of brain surgery with good results, according to a recent news report. Continue reading Kennedy Surgery Over
AP has called the race. They have used 11 delegates expected today to be awarded to Obama from primaries, which is a little premature in my view (I mean, why not wait until after the election like we are supposed to). It also includes, and this is very interesting. 16 super delegates that have told AP they are going to throw their lot in with Obama but who have not yet done so. The existence of a bunch of such super delegates was heavily hinted at by various media mucky mucks over the last couple of days. Continue reading AP:”The Democratic Primary is Over, Obama Wins”