With the pledged delegates and narrowing the gap of superdelegates, one has to ask if Obama is now the inevitable nominee, as some have said for over a month now. In the short answer, I’d have to say “Yes,” mainly because to take the nomination, Hillary Clinton would have to use the superdelegates and some argument of electibility. This will not fly with Democratic Party activists who are continuing to promise mass chaos at the Denver convention should this be the case.
A report on Obama’s superdelegate gains from USAToday:
WASHINGTON â€” The Democratic nomination race is murkier than ever. Hillary Rodham Clinton is rising in the polls while Barack Obama is gaining ground among superdelegates who will decide the winner.
Obama has spent the past 10 days coping with his loss in Pennsylvania and new controversy sparked by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. At the same time, he has won 15 endorsements and Clinton has netted 10 from the VIP contingent called superdelegates.
Obama is ahead in overall delegates. His campaign is keeping a count of how many more he needs to reach 2,025 and win the nomination. On Thursday, tallying the latest additions on both sides, it put the magic number at 283. (The Associated Press had the number at 288.5 on Thursday.)
Clinton’s top endorsement this week was North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, whose state votes Tuesday. He appears in a Clinton ad describing her as resilient and determined.
Obama made gains Thursday with a high-profile switcher: Joe Andrew, a former national party chairman from Indiana â€” the other state that votes Tuesday.
Andrew urged other superdelegates to coalesce behind Obama. “It is time for us to unite, time for us to take on John McCain,” Andrew said. He said the presumptive Republican nominee has benefited from the long Democratic battle.
Here’s a short clip of Clinton responding to questions about Obama’s superdelegate gains:
Nothing has changed for several months away from the fact that Obama is leading in pledged delegates from primary and caucus wins. Even if Clinton wins by narrow margins in Indiana and, somehow, in North Carolina, Obama will still lead.
Here’s the bottom line, does Hillary Clinton want to risk taking the nomination through the use of superdelegates or not? If not, then the campaign is done. If so, then it will continue as it is.