It's over; why doesn't the fat lady sing?
The flow of Democratic superdelegates to Sen. Barack Obama continued this morning -- including another defection by a Clinton supporter -- as both candidates turned westward to Oregon's May 20 mail-in primary, already underway. Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.), an early African American supporter of Clinton, jumped ship this morning, telling the Newark Star-Ledger that he backed Clinton when he thought Obama's campaign was "just a trial balloon."
Well, not properly used, but the point is stark.
Among the previously uncommitteds now behind Obama: Ed Espinoza, a Democratic National Committee member from Long Beach, who also urged uncommitted superdelegates to make their declaration by May 26. Evidencing the kind of behind-the-scenes lobbying underway, Espinoza said he backed Obama in part at the urging of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, for whose presidential campaign he had worked before Richardson dropped out.
Carville won't like that; his Judas urging others to support the Herod candidate.
Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who ended his presidential bid earlier and has yet to endorse, joined the pundits and said today he thought Obama would be the nominee. "It's very difficult to make the math work" for Clinton, Edwards said on NBC's "Today" show, but deflected a question about whom he supports. "I voted and I'm going to keep that between me and the polling booth right now."
One more voice calling for the fat lady to sing.