On Capitol Hill, three uncommitted senators, Tom Harkin (Iowa), Thomas R. Carper (Del.) and Ken Salazar (Colo.), met Monday to discuss a “quick conclusion” to the Democratic race, but Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) privately urged them to delay any announcement until the final votes have been counted, according to multiple Democratic sources.
And I wrote about that profile in courage, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), last night.
Let me explain something about politics that shouldn’t need explaining to guys who are accomplished enough to be elected Senator. It is far better for Barack Obama to hit the magic number tonight as a result of the votes of the people, than for Obama to hit the magic number tomorrow as a result of the votes of the superdelegates. After all we’ve been through, shouldn’t that be clear by this point? Additionally, Obama is going to Minnesota tonight, to the site of the Republican convention this summer. He needs to be able to announce there, with all the cameras watching, that he is now our party’s nominee. We are missing a huge opportunity because of people like Harkin, Carper and Salazar who, for whatever reason (I hear that some folks on the Hill don’t believe that Reid told them to wait), are delaying their decisions and further the damage to our party. And one thing tonight is certainly NOT about is Hillary Clinton. How in God’s name does anyone pervert Obama reaching 2,118 delegates as a moment we should devote to the loser? You people are responsible for letting this mess drag on far too long. Now is your chance to fix it. So fix it. Perhaps they need a nudge. Don’t email, call their offices now and tell them this is getting ridiculous. And we’re watching.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA): 202-224-3254
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE): (202) 224-2441
Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO): (202) 224-5852
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): (202) 224-5244