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Obama picks up Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry superdelegate vote; Clinton had won state.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.—The Obama campaign on Wednesday is not pressing their often used argument that uncommitted superdelegates should take the lead from the vote in their states. Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma said on a conference call he will cast his superdelegate vote for Obama, despite Clinton winning the Feb. 5 Oklahoma vote by 55 percent.


Plouffe, updating a number from the first conference call of the day said with Henry’s support, Obama is only 293 delegates away from getting the 2,024 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. The Obama campaign is pushing the narrative that it is a foregone conclusion that Obama will win no matter the contests ahead in the nine states plus Puerto Rico and Guam.

Henry dodged a direct answer on why he was making his choice known the morning after Obama lost the Pennsylvania primary.

He said it was time for superdelegates—party leaders and elected officials—to decide. “Maybe I can persuade other superdelegates to make their position known,” Henry said.

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Ah yes, the democratic process of the democratic party at work again!

AND SHE THOUGHT THE THROOPS WOULD RALLY AROUND HER, THINK AGAIN
DEAR HILLARY, NO ONE WANTS YOU, AND YOU DON'T HAVE 6 WEEKS TO RUN
A SMEAR CAMPAIGN, PAYBACK IS A BLANK AIN'T IT!

Although all of the so-called "internal strife", currently being displayed by the Democrats is tiresome, it in no way exceeds the damage the Republicans have exacted on our country over the past 7 years. Anyone who is put off by the antics of the Democrats enough to be considering McCain, is a bigger moron than Bush.

YOU KNOW I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU PEOPLE WONT TO CLOSE THIS RACE. THERE IS STATES THAT DON'T EVEN GET TO VOTE AND THAT IS NOT RIGHT. THEY HAVE TO TAKE WHAT EVER YOU PICK. SO GET OVER IT AND LET THE OTHER STATES HAVE THEIR VOTE. BOY IF IT WAS YOUR STATE THAT DIDN'T GET A SAY YOU WOULD FEEL DIFFERENT. OH YES YOU WOULD. AS FAR AS BRAD HENRY I HOPE THEY DON'T DO AS YOU DID. YOU SOLD OUT YOUR STATE. HILLARY HAD THE 55% SO SHAME ON YOU HENRY. I'VE BEEN A DEMOCART ALL MY LIFE AND I'M 73 YEARS OLD (AND VOTED FOR YOU),BUT IF OBAMA GET THE NOMINEE I'LL GO INDEPENDENT WITH LOU DOBBS. BILL DID US A GOOD JOB WHILE HE WAS IN OFFICE AND SO CAN HILLARY. GOV. HENRY YOU KNOW HOW MUCH BETTER THINGS WAS BEFORE BUSH TOOK OFFICE. BILL JUST COULDN'T KEEP IS ZIPPER CLOSED, BUT AS FAR AS RUNNING OUR COUNTRY IT WAS IN A HELL OF ALOT BETTER SHAPE THAN IT IS NOW, AND OBAMA WHILE HAVE TO LEAN ON KERRY,KENNEDY,ROCKFELLOW, BOY THAT SURE IS A CHANGE. AGAIN HENRY SHAME ON YOU AND I'LL NEVER HELP YOU IN ANY WAY AGAIN JODIE OKLAHOMA

Once again, the election process proves the american people have NO SAY in determining who is president. Why do we even vote if the electoral college and these so called "super" delegates can vote against what their state votes. This is "Super" screwed up.

If Obama need the 2024 Delegates to get the Democratic Nomination, then , more power to him.

However, he must first beat the Female Constitutional Attorney ( Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton). Good Salesman make good Politicians and that's why nothing is being done in Washington D C.

Obama is another Salesman with little or no accomplishments. You are being brainwashed by Obama. We don't need another Salesman in Washington. We need a Problem Solver. Hillary is a problem solver.

Wake up people!!! COLIN POWELL ( who is the only qualified black to be President) made the case against Iraq on Weapons of Mass Destruction. He even showed Satellite Pictures of American Intelligence, indicating that Iraq had Mobile Weapons of Mass Destruction. At this time Iraq was still under Sanctions and Probation from The 1st Iraq War by George H Bush Sr... Since Iraq was not following the Rules of the Weapon Inspectors and Saddam Hussein Bluffed Weapons of Mass Destruction, George W Bush Jr Declared War on Iraq the 2nd time, inorder to finsihed what his father left undone. Congress didnot authorize a second war. Nor did Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Rodham has been against Wars since her enrollment at Wellesley College in Massachusett. She participated in many non-violent Marches against the War in Vietnam and Civil Rights. After Graduating from Wellesley, she was recognized in Life Magazine as a Political Meteor. She later had an offer to go to either Harvard or Yale Law School. Since Harvard Law School didnot support Women Rights, she went to Yale.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Obama breaks "the rules" again. Amid calls for superdelegates to follow the will of the people, we get this. Nice. DNC wants an Obama presidency. DNC is in control of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Whatever "the rules" are at the moment, you can bet the DNC has worked hard to make sure "the rules" work for Obama.

I have supported you in every issue however, if you believe that your personal choice overrides the voter of Oklahoma, that my vote doesn't count then I can no longer support you.

It is funny how everyone puts down Obama like Hilary is some Idol or something. You know what the sad part about this whole thing is who can make who look worst. As a woman I lost all respect for her because she literally let her self be made an ass after Bill went on national television and not only embarassed himself but his wife and daughter as well. I guess getting his *%&^ was more important than the shame he left them both to deal with. Hilary is nothing but a female version of George Bush. She is a liar and sneaky after that stunt she pulled on how she was in the middle of crossfire in Bosnia okay here is the killer of that one how the heck do you not remember being in the middle of crossfire but oh wait as she stated on the debate "I'm not dumb". Well guess what you sure fooled me. Either way my point is it cannot get any worst than it is now but remember when you decide to vote to think about something. She voted and still refuses to admit it with George Bush on many issues but still denies doing it and just proves her truth credibilty with many voters she has now look at her differently. So before anyone goes on about bad mouthing Barack well think about this he has pulled in a record number of people who have registered to vote and literally has pulled in record numbers in every state they have campaigned in so he must be doing something right.Thats why my vote will go to him and not the female blue eyed devil who goes by the name of Hilary Clinton. Oh one more thing her record and experience she has is mostly sitting shotgun in her husbands role as president.

I agree with you Jodie from Oklahoma. I am from Oklahoma myself and Brad Henry is no better than Frank Keating was, look at our roads how bad they are, I could go on but not enough space. And yes I am a democrat and I voted for Henry. BUT thank God he can't run again. I am very good friends with Jim Wilson I think I will give him a call. I would love to see Brad Carson run for Mr. Henrys spot, I would vote for him like I did When he was in the US House of reps. HUM thats an idea I'm very good friends with Brad Carson to, think I'll give him a call to. I know they wouldn't go against the will of their voters. I'm in my 50's and we have both seen Presidents come and go and Bill Clinton was a great President even though he couldn't keep his pants zipped.

Bill Clinton didn't ride dirty (as Rev.Wright says) on the American people. Our Economy was great , Our Gas wasn't almost $4.00 a gallon, People could afford their homes no matter what the cost, and we dang sure wasn't in a war. Alot of people blame Clinton for not geting Osama when he was in office but alot don't know that Clinton knew where Osama was and told Congress where he was and that they could get Osama, but Congress said no. That is why Clinton didn't get Osama, it wasn't because he didn't try. You can't blame Bill Clinton for 9/11 like most do, blame Congress. It seems like the Clintons are blamed for all the troubles in the US today.

The Two-headed Giant that Barack is battling — the Clintons and the Republican Machine are very good, I would say excellent at re-labelling a person and re-characterizing them by use of Media brought and sold by the Republican Party most for the part to shape, mold, distort, lie, carricature a person so the very thing they are not is not seen and what they are not is seen! Barack's achievement in Pa -- to close the gap was a success due to the fact that the Clintons' have an army of political hacks that owe them and they call in favors all over the country -- Barack does not have that long coatail behind him, but what he does have is political people who are tired of the spin and dishonesty and loyalty to the corporations and who want change so they turn to Obama for that best sense of hope and inpiration which can bring about real change. Obama does not have to tear down his oppnents or speak with a Loud Voice for the masses to hear him. He is up against a Mighty Giant in the Clintons and the Republicans: Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, Wolf Blitzer, and Fox News TV which berate and belittle Barack daily 24 hours a day and yet he is the one that is still standing and still winning although bloodied and bruised up as Rush Limbaugh asked his loyalists to do, and the very Republicans that are helping her now will turn on her like a mighty sword come Fall is she is the nominee! They must know some things that they are holding back on because they are trying their darndest to get her to become the Democratic nominee, that is who they want to run against and so she has a stallworth ally in the Republicans for now. I don't think she is going to make it over the goalpost, no matter what. As Michael Moore so ably pointed out in his recent endorsement, Hillary Clinton chides Barack for his Pastor being Rev. Wright, yet who did they turn to when Bill was facing Impeachment due the Monical Lewinsky scandal, who did they call -- yes, the very Rev. Wright himself, such hypocrisy! However, we, the people do have a say in this process, although that too can be questioneed with some of the suspect "voting machines" still in process. But we will battle on for indepedence and a true democratic say in this process of ours!

I've never seen such a pure hate campaign in my whole life just by reading these comments I would dread for either one of these Democratic Candidates to win. Especially Barack Obama and his wife with her horrible comments about America and him there's too much to say.But the race isn't over because I hope alot of people choose my road and go republican..........And I would wear an American Flag anytime!!!!

YEA BUDDY, NAFTA IS A GREAT THING, ISN'T IT WHEN JOBS ARE BEING
OUTSOURCED TO INDIA AND EUROPE, AND EVEN MEXICO!
PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES, CARS, LIFE SAVINGS, THAT'S WHY BILL
WAS RIDING DIRTY, HE DID EVERYTHING TO BENEFIT HIMSELF AND HIS
FAMILY, NO LONG TERM BENEFITS FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR
CITIZENS, TALK WHAT YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I'LL LET YOU KNOW THE WHOLE
TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, AND YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
BOTTOM LINE IF HILLARY IS MARRIED TO BILL, SHE ISN'T MUCH BETTER!
MISERY LOVES COMPANY!
DON'T MENTION REV. WRIGHT HE'S AN AMERICAN PATRIOT,NOT A GUY
WHO USED DEFERMENTS TO STAY OUT OF THE ACTIVE ARMED FORCES, LIKE
CHENEY, BUSH JR., AND BILL CLINTON!

Fact is, as James pointed-out with first comment, having these superdelegates in the Democratic Party is NOT very democratic....And Sue, what politician can bring down gas prices? Answer: None of them... And you don't see any comments from the candidates on how they would. We are at the mercy of the Sheiks, Hugo Chavez, the greedy stockholders, etc.. And thats the truth. Oh yeah, China and India would have to stop buying records amount of oil and that also isn't happening. Oh yeah, we can't build any modern refineries, either. Your pals who claim they are environmentalists have successfully stopped that. Same goes for cleaner and more efficient (and safer) nuclear energy. I bet your one of those who wants us to be more like Europe. Well, they've had $5 and $6 and now higher a gallon prices for years. So be careful what you wish for, you got it.

I voted for Hillary in the primary for my state, however, that was early on. Since then, she has gone negative and started lying and even fear mongering just like the repubs. When you started loosing you started the kitchen sink approach. Well...you should go back to the kitchen and use it to cook, you obviously have lost the trust factor. NO THANKS HILLARY. I'M THROUGH WITH SUPPORTING YOU. If you can't tell the truth now, how can you as President?! And by the way, I don't care how tired I am, I know when I've been shot at or not! You act as though the country OWES you the Presidency, I think not.

Blahblahblah, give me a break. Truth be told, the economy was falling in the latter stages of Clinton's presidency. Also, Hillary voted for the war, just like she was for NAFTA, which screwed people out of their jobs, and voted for the resolution to go to war with Iran, so spare me the anti-war crap she did 30 years ago. Also, Michigan and Florida broke the rules, it's not Obama's fault, plus Obama won more states, more delegates and more votes, so once again, spare me the Hillary's getting screwed, Obama's winning fair and square, deal with it.

Concerned and Disappointed. Nice trick how your compartmentalize your rationale that the last 7 years of historic deficit spending are an extension of the Clinton presidency. You may want to up your meds.
As I recall. When Clinton left the office we had a 5 trillion dollar surplus. We were respected by the World and had our senior citizens protected for their final years of life. Now we are in an endless war, 9 trillion dollar deficit, no respect in the World community, and less safe than we were in 2000. How do you justify those truths? As far as your expertise on NAFTA. If you will recall, the legislative body majority was Republican, not Democrat. Sure Bill Clinton voted for it, but so did most all of the politicians in Washington. Outsourcing to India and such is not a product of a North American Free Trade Agreement!
You might want to do a little more research. Obama may be in the lead but Gov. Henry should respect the Oklahoma mandate to vote Clinton. Maybe Keating got his insurance company to fund the Henry family's college educations. Maybe he could run for Governor of Illinois since he is a lame duck. I agree with one point that I think you were making. The Democrats are their own worst enemy. Who could ever devise such an idiotic system where elected officials elect our presidential nominees. It is unconscionable.

John Kerry said that when they passed NAFTA NOBODY expected the American corporations to be so greedy as to sell out their own people in the extreme manner they have. Kerry supports Obama.
But ONLY HIllary has said she KNOWS how to FIX the loopholes industry's exploited.

The Obama operation and the bloggers for him (paid staffers and vols) owe Hillary, the party, and the country a huge apology. You're rude. You don't have your facts straight--it seems this is the first time you're encountered a newspaper.

In my humble opinion, when the governor decides to act in his best interest instead of the interests of his State and the people who voted for him, its time for a new governor. Elected officials aren't elected for their opinion...they're elected to act on the will of the people.

Brad only sided with Hillary because David Boren holds the keys to Brad's would-be kingdom- the presidency of OU.

David Boren is just getting even after Bill hired a new CIA chief that would have yanked his security clearance for being a closeted homosexual- that's why he left DC suddenly to go back to OU. BTW that appointment was done in retaliation for Boren siding with the Republicans in killing the 1993 energy bill that both Bill and Al wanted and thsi country needed. And why did David side that way? Because he's in the pocket of big oil, much like Brad.

These guys supporting Obama are as dirty as they come. Don't ever forget that. Obama is the Establishment candidate. Ain't no two ways about it.

Phil,

I don't care if your Rev Wright served in the military! This is not about the military. You and Wright are alike because you are both looking for excuses to help justify Racist comments.

Axelrove strikes again.
Further hypocrisy from the "Superdelegates MUST vote according to the popular vote in their state" spin team.
Where did Obama and his guys come from, that no one even blinks about that lie, let alone write about it? Krypton?

The problem is too many Democrats. They main priority is "Party Line". They do not believe in bipartisanship. We need 50:50 Dems and Republicans. Then they are to debate and come up with the proper decision. No more buddy/buddy relationship. This is what we put them in office to do. I want to see them actually work for their salary.

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