Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Clinton Likely to Suspend Bid on Friday

An item in an NY Times blog:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving to suspend her campaign and will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Friday, according to a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton. Her decision came after Democratic members of Congress urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.

About time. Now, for plain speaking, here are words from Representative Rangel:

“We pledged to support her to the end,” said Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. “Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.”

Plain speaking.

More, and some of the same, appears in a story; I've linked to my google doc version of it. A voice from the past: “I was for Hillary — I wasn’t against Obama, who I think is very talented,” said Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president. “I’m glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.”

And back at the Senate club: On Wednesday, Mr. Obama was received like a hero when he showed up on the Senate floor around midday to vote on the final version of a budget blueprint for 2009. Senators from both parties embraced him and congratulated him on having clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

Nice touch. O, to be a fly on the wall: Mr. Obama huddled for several minutes of intense conversation in a corner of the Senate chamber with Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the onetime Democrat who became an independent and has endorsed Mr. McCain.

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