2008 Tonight: Oregon and Kentucky
posted by May 20 at 9:15 AMon
Here we go again. Except this time, maybe the results will be definitive—or sort of definitive.
WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama would like to begin shutting down the nominating contest with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday night as two more states — Kentucky and Oregon — hold their primaries. But he wants to do it subtly.
Oregon, a state that’s likely to be in play in the general election, is expected to go for Obama. Kentucky, a state that’s not likely to be in play in the general election, is expected to go for Clinton. And after the polls close tonight—at 4 p.m. PST for Kentucky and 8 p.m. PST for Oregon—Obama is expected to have passed the milestone of having secured a majority of pledged delegates.
He’ll be in Iowa for a full-circle moment in which he declares… Well, no one’s sure exactly what he’s going to declare, but it’s expected to be something very close to a declaration of victory.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, seems to be staying in until the (bitter?) end of the primary season. That end will come early next month after Puerto Rico votes on June 1 and South Dakota and Montana vote on June 3. No one really knows what will happen at that point. Remember when this was supposed to end on Super Tuesday? And with Ohio and Texas? And in Pennsylvania? Now it’s supposed to really, truly end on June 3 but we’ll have to wait and see what Clinton decides. It’s all up to her.
Meanwhile, Clinton is starting to more directly address the sexism she’s experienced on the campaign trail:
In an interview after church services in Bowling Green on Sunday, Clinton for the first time addressed what women have been talking about for months, what she refers to as the “sexist” treatment she has endured at the hands of the pundits, media and others. The lewd T-shirts. The man who shouted “Iron my shirt” at a campaign event. The references to her cleavage and her cackle.
“It’s been deeply offensive to millions of women,” Clinton said. “I believe this campaign has been a groundbreaker in a lot of ways. But it certainly has been challenging given some of the attitudes in the press, and I regret that, because I think it’s been really not worthy of the seriousness of the campaign and the historical nature of the two candidacies we have here.”
Later, when asked if she thinks this campaign has been racist, she says she does not. And she circles back to the sexism. “The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable, or at least more accepted, and … there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when it raises its ugly head,” she said. “It does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the comments by people who are nothing but misogynists.”
For its part, the Obama campaign is pushing out this video of its huge, record-breaking rally in Portland on Sunday:
And also is directing people to this Flickr slideshow of the rally, courtesy of The Oregonian.