A Paris apartment building glimpsed through branches of spring blossoms.
No matter how the Clinton campaign tries to spin the reality, in the concrete terms of delegate numbers, Obama emerged from Tuesday's primaries and caucus still very much the leader. The most likely outcome is that Hillary Clinton gained 187 delegates and Obama gained 183 - a difference of only four delegates! Obama's expected to chalk up wins in Wyoming and Mississippi this weekend, increasing his large delegate lead.
"This election will come down to delegates.... Again and again, this race has shown that it is voters and delegates who matter, not the pundits or perceived 'momentum.'" - Mark Penn, chief strategist for Hillary's campaign, Feb. 13, 2008.
"When the dust settles from today's contests, we will maintain our substantial lead in delegates. And thanks to millions of people standing for change, we will keep adding delegates and capture the Democratic nomination.
We knew from the day we began this journey that the road would be long. And we knew what we were up against. We knew that the closer we got to the change we seek, the more we'd see of the politics we're trying to end -- the attacks and distortions that try to distract us from the issues that matter to people's lives, the stunts and the tactics that ask us to fear instead of hope.
But this time -- this year -- it will not work. The challenges are too great. The stakes are too high. Americans need real change.
In the coming weeks, we will begin a great debate about the future of this country with a man who has served it bravely and loves it dearly. And we will offer two very different visions of the America we see in the twenty-first century. John McCain has already dismissed our call for change as eloquent but empty. But he should know that it's a call that did not begin with my words. It's the resounding call from every corner of this country, from first-time voters and lifelong cynics, from Democrats and Republicans alike.
And together you and I are going to grow this movement to deliver that change in November." - Barack Obama
Update 11:15 p.m. Paris time:
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is giving new meaning to the term "blood sport" in politics. She's wasted no time today in stepping up the nasty, mean-spirited campaign tactics she's adopted within the past week: making false or misleading statements; absolutely outrageous race-baiting and trying to rip apart the Democratic party by siding with the Republicans. Apparently she cares only about winning the nomination, never mind that the math shows that's nearly impossible. Funny how she's so intent on "throwing the kitchen sink" at another Democrat, yet as senator, she hasn't expended even a fraction of that effort standing up to George Bush's threats to the Constitution or our civil liberties. She didn't even bother reading the intelligence reports, before voting to send our troops to war in Iraq.
It's also odd that Hillary spends so much time trying to distract attention from her own lack of transparency and accountability. She and John McCain are the only presidential candidates who have refused to release their tax records, nor has Clinton been truthful about the White House's release of the Clinton papers. According to the White House press secretary, the papers have been ready since Jan. 31 for a Clinton representative to pick them up. Maybe there's something in those records Hillary Clinton doesn't want voters to see.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times and Talking Points Memo report Clinton has received some questionable campaign donations.