Obama moves forward, sights set on McCain

The media pundits along with the Obama campaign have decided that the race is done and Obama is the nominee. As such, his campaign has taken a forward-looking perspective toward the general election and a new strategy of taking on John McCain in November.

First, a report on it from Fox News:

While Hillary Clinton vowed to continue her fight “until there’s a nominee,” a general consensus was growing among Democrats Wednesday that the contest to become the party’s presidential candidate had already been decided beyond a reasonable doubt.

As the New York senator campaigned in West Virginia ahead of next Tuesday’s primary, Barack Obama’s campaign worked to finish off Clinton and began to focus on a general election battle against John McCain.

At least four new Democratic superdelegates shifted toward Obama on Wednesday, convinced by his double-digit victory in North Carolina and better-than-expected showing in Indiana that he will be the candidate who takes on McCain in November.

Among the newly added supporters was Virginia’s Jennifer McClellan, who used to support Clinton, as well as North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek, North Carolina Democratic National Committee member Jeanette Council and California DNC member Inola Henry.

A report from the IHT:

“At this defining moment in history – a moment when we’re facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril – we can’t afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush’s third term.”

McCain, though he clinched the nomination weeks ago, still faces significant signs of dissatisfaction among Republicans. One in four Republicans voted against him in North Carolina, as did one in five in Indiana.

Media types like Tim Russert have also been calling it over:

Then you have the upcoming Time Magazine cover:

Plus, Obama has picked up 4 more superdelegates:

All adding up to bad news for Clinton since the media has decided Obama is the nominee and, subsequently, they’re arguing that she should drop out.

My guess is she stays in until June in the hopes that, in some miraculous move, Obama withdraws and hands her the nomination. I don’t think that’s going to happen so it’s not looking good.