Top Hillary superdelegates go public: This better end soon, they say

The only reason top Hillary supporters would be going public like this is if they feared that Hillary plans to drag this campaign out a lot longer than this week.

First there’s this that Joe found earlier today from Tom Vilsack, “a national co-chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign”:

“It does appear to be pretty clear that Senator Obama is going to be the nominee. After Tuesday’s contests, she needs to acknowledge that he’s going to be the nominee and quickly get behind him.”

What Vilsack did, in speaking out publicly against the woman whose campaign he co-chairs, was the political equivalent of a slap in the face. The only reason Vilsack would speak out is if he sees the writing on the wall and thinks Hillary doesn’t. And, he doesn’t think private chats with Hillary are getting anywhere – that she now needs to be publicly pushed into going away.

Then there are these 3 Hillary superdeleates in the LA Times:

“It would be most beneficial if we resolved this nomination sooner rather than later,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a high-profile superdelegate who backs Clinton. “The more time we have to get through a general-election period and the more time we have to prepare in advance of the convention, the better.”

“She’ll do the right thing for America, and I don’t think we’re going to fight this at the convention,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, a top Clinton supporter and party superdelegate, speaking on CBS. “Because even were we to win it, unless it’s going to change enough delegates for Sen. Clinton to get the nomination, then it would be a fight that would have no purpose.”

Alice Huffman, a member of the rules panel and a superdelegate committed to Clinton, said she would not support an appeal if Obama had clearly won the delegate fight.

“What’s the point for a challenge, if a challenge doesn’t change the status of anything?” asked Huffman, the president of the California branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.

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