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Clinton campaign blasts Obama for premature victory lap. Not yet "mission accomplished." Wolfson memo.

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WASHINGTON--The Obama campaign plan to claim victory Tuesday night in Des Moines, is "a slap in the face" to millions of people who have not yet voted, says a memo from Clinton campaign communication chief Howard Wolfson. Not quite "Mission Accomplished," Wolfson writes. But in politics perception is often as important as reality, so Obama's staking the claim to the nomination---based on the majority of pledged delegates--makes political, if not mathematical sense.

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To: Interested Parties
From: Howard Wolfson, Communications Director

Date: Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: Mission Accomplished? Not so fast.

Senator Obama’s plan to declare himself the Democratic nominee tomorrow night in Iowa (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10184.html) is a slap in the face to the millions of voters in the remaining primary states and to Senator Clinton’s 17 million supporters.

There is no scenario under the rules of the Democratic National Committee by which Senator Obama will be able to claim the nomination tomorrow night. He will not have 2210 delegates, the number needed with Florida and Michigan included in the process, nor will he have 2025 delegates, the number needed to secure the nomination without Florida and Michigan.

Premature victory laps and false declarations of victory are unwarranted. Declaring mission accomplished does not make it so.

While Senator Obama inaccurately declares himself the nominee, Senator Clinton will continue to work hard, campaigning for every vote in the upcoming states and making the case that she will be the best nominee to take on John McCain and be our next President.

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Shows how out of touch Harold Wolfson is, it has been announced by The Obama Campaign team there will be no celebration rally yet. Harold wants to remember which campaign team told the voters the race would be all over by February 5th 2008 ????? - it may be more fitting for Harold and Mark Penn to spend time in a "Strategy Inquest" who let Hillary down the most and are allowing her now to look a bitter old loser. Americans do like someone who accepts defeat in a gracious way.

This is the most horrriffic display of continued arrogance surrounding Obama's campaign.
Who is he and what is he, is the big question?

Clinton campaign communication chief Howard Wolfson. Not quite "Mission Accomplished"

Be advised that there is a reason why Clinton's group is saying this that they don't want anyone to know about. It's tied in with someone else that will both explain many things from the past and also surprise us. The bottom line is No ONE is going to like learning what this is.

Marty Didier
Northbrook, IL

Yes, I like Hillary Clinton. But unless more people know more about Obama's connection to Rezko and his money etc soon and know that his squeaky clean image is just that - an image projected by a well-run publicity machine, he's going to be the Dem nominee and once this is the case, the GOP will bring this issue out in a BIG way to demolish this credibility and along with it the Dem Party's hope of taking back the WH.
There are very few blogs on this topic - I think this site has one of the most extensive blogs on this topic. Most of the majors either do not have this news at all or they classify this under 'news' rather that 'politics' - so relatively few people even know enough about this topic to be passionate about it.

Consequently, all they 'argue' about are the same old topics - who is more racist, who has more popular votes, delegates etc.

There are important and ethical questions here that need to be debated and answered by Obama BEFORE he gets the nod or go into the final lap before it's too late - it goes to his credibility and his central message of 'change'. The only change he'll bring to Washington would be a different bunch of lobbyists, including Mr Nadhmi Auchi (an Iraqi billionaire)!
For the sake of democracy, Obama owes it to the American people to answer these questions BEFORE he gets the nomination.

Thank you.

Though this is what your leads may state, I have yet to find supporting evidence to corroborate this entry. Politico.com is one source. Give me four more before the evening is over and maybe I will agree with you.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/19/obama-will-not-declare-vi_n_102388.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10438.html (Is the same news source you are using for this entry?)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080519/pl_politico/10438

Seems as though they are a little baffled on this tidbit of news themselves.

THE LAST GUY TO SAY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, DIDN'T COMPLETE THE
MISSION!
BARACK OBAMA NOT ONLY IS ABOUT TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION, BUT
HE IS ABOUT TO TAKE OUT THE GOP, THE GOP CAN GO FISHING WITH THE
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS!
MCCAIN AND LEIBERMAN ARE ABOUT TO START A STAGE TOUR, THE RETURN
OF ABBOTT AND COSTELLO!

Marty Marty Marty don't TEASE me.
Diddling? I'd need to see a photo first.

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