Sunday, June 1, 2008

Obama Fired Up and Ready to Go to the White House

Barack Obama just gave a great speech in Mitchell, South Dakota, on the day that Hillary Clinton won handily in Puerto Rico, but the day after the Democratic National Committee finally settled the crisis of how to count the votes of Florida and Michigan, and settled this in a way which was both fair to Hillary Clinton but brought Obama to less than 50 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

It could not have been settled any other way. As I've been saying since January, before either primary, the DNC initial decision to not count any of the votes was inane and destructive. But with that decision in effect on the days of the voting, there was no way those elections could be considered fair and reflective of the popular will. In Michigan, where only Clinton's name was on the ballot, who can say or assess how many people would have voted differently had Obama's name been on the ballot, too.

Whatever happens in the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, Obama will only need a small number of uncommitted superdelegates to go over the top. He spoke with humor and style and humility today in South Dakota. He spoke again of how he had acquired the "fired up" and "ready to go" chant from a woman in South Carolina, a small-town political leader. That's because, more than most politicians, he listens rather than dictates to America.

Obama spoke today like a President.
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