Do the math: the Pennsylvania primary changed nothing. Sen. Barack Obama still leads Hillary Clinton by 131 delegates overall and 156 pledged delegates. NBC News has allocated a 75-65 split for Clinton out of Pennsylvania; 18 delegates have not been allocated. So Clinton won only ten delegates more than Obama in Pennsylvania. Since Super Tuesday, Clinton has gained 12 Superdelegates; Obama has gained 83. With just nine contests remaining, Obama has won more delegates, more votes and twice as many contests.
Clinton would have to win 69 to 70 percent of the delegates in every remaining state to catch up to Obama. Even if Obama and Clinton each win a state in the May 6 contests in Indiana and North Carolina, Clinton would need to win 80 percent of the delegates in every remaining state and that's impossible! The race is over, but Clinton refuses to admit it. And the media is having a field day covering the Clinton-orchestrated circus.
In reality, the Clinton campaign is in the red, running negative attack ads while not paying its bills. Mark Penn's firm is owed $4.5 million; other debtors - including small businesses - are owed over $6 million. After an appeal last night, Clinton apparently raised about $2.5 million - but that should go towards paying her debts, not propel the campaign forward.
From the New York Times editorial board:
"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.
Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.
If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race....
It is getting to be time for the superdelegates to do what the Democrats had in mind when they created superdelegates: settle a bloody race that cannot be won at the ballot box. Mrs. Clinton once had a big lead among the party elders, but has been steadily losing it, in large part because of her negative campaign. If she is ever to have a hope of persuading these most loyal of Democrats to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs."
In exit polls in Pennsylvania, voters complained about the negative tone of the race, with 68 percent of voters saying Clinton attacked Obama unfairly. Meanwhile, John McCain still refuses to release his medical records or his wealthy wife's tax records.
Update 6 p.m.: Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry - a superdelegate - announced today he is endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Henry called Obama "an inspirational leader who can unite the country."
Also, nearly 50 of John Edwards's most prominent backers lined up behind Sen. Obama today, less than two weeks before the North Carolina primary. The group includes Ed Turlington, Edwards’s former national general campaign chairman; three North Carolina members of Congress and 46 local activists, philanthropists and business leaders, among others.
Speaking from his law office in Raleigh, Turlington said he had not expected to endorse a candidate after Edwards dropped out of the race. “I thought I was going to be on the sidelines,” Turlington said, adding that he made the decision about ten days ago, after speaking to Mr. Obama. “I think his candidacy is doing a lot of important things that are similar to themes that John Edwards ran on.”
Among those things, he said, were Sen. Obama’s pledges to change the culture of Washington and fight for issues important to working people.