The Politico reports that a virtual smoke-filled room is in operation, with Democratic party 'elites' busily deciding how to derail Hillary Clinton and confirm Barack Obama as the party's candidate.
Hoping to avoid a summer-long bloodbath for the Democratic presidential nomination, some party leaders such as Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen have urged a convention of superdelegates in June, after the caucuses and primaries are over.
The idea sounds exotic, but recent public declarations and Politico interviews with top Democratic officials have made clear that something like what Bredesen proposed is already underway — not with a big meeting but with an intensifying series of exchanges among party elites.
The early voting in this virtual convention is bad news for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her hope that Democratic leaders will settle the nomination is starting to come true — with Barack Obama so far emerging as the beneficiary.
After a 10-day slog of self-inflicted wounds and fatalistic headlines for Clinton, these party elders are clearly tilting against her hopes for keeping the nomination contest open indefinitely.
The Democrats’ virtual convention is taking place publicly, with statements like the remarkable comment by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that Clinton should get out now, and semi-publicly, with background comments made by top operatives to the media.
It is taking place also in private entreaties by e-mail or phone — the modern equivalent of smoke-filed rooms — as advocates for Obama urge an early end to the race and Clinton backers plead for time and warn about his general election vulnerabilities.
Ah, the electronic age. The press certainly appears to have settled on who to back – the nonstop negative reporting on Hillary Clinton is telling. The quick shedding of negative reporting on Obama is also telling. Does anyone doubt that if someone like Jeremiah Wright was connected to John McCain that there would have been endless reporting on the sinister connections? The screeching would have been a serious risk to eardrums everywhere. Unless Obama makes a huge mistake in the next few weeks, Clinton is done. The writing is already on the wall for her.