When she announced her endorsement, she said, “I am endorsing Barack Obama today, because he has inspired an enthusiasm and idealism that we have not seen in this country in a long time. I am endorsing Barack because he is a new kind of leader – speaking with a different voice, bringing a new perspective and inspiring a real excitement from the American people. He is able to dissolve the hard cynical edge that has dominated our politics under the Bush Administration. I believe Barack can unify the American people to address the many challenges facing our nation. “The energy that Barack has unleashed is impossible to contain.”
Obama now leads Clinton among Senate super delegates 14-12. Twenty Senate Democrats are still uncommitted. The Senators from Michigan Florida are currently excluded from this tally, but even if we include them, it is a tie 14-14.
In the two states only powerful Michigan senator Carl Levin is uncommitted. The other two Democrats already endorsed Clinton. I think one can judge the shift in momentum of this race by asking yourself if you can remember when Clinton picked up her most recent Senate endorsement. Except for John Murtha, Clinton has not picked up a major endorsement of any kind in a couple of months.
Politicians are creatures who act out of their own self interest, and many elected Democrats had worried for the better part of a year that a polarizing figure like Clinton could weigh down the entire Democratic ticket. Once Obama got on a roll, these same politicians saw the potential for an Obama led party to create a coattail effect.
Having Obama at the top of the ticket could help Democrats in all races up and down the ballot. With each passing day, it is looking like Hillary Clinton will need a miracle to capture the Democratic nomination. She may vow to fight on, but the reality is that there aren’t many rounds left in this fight.