Clinton Going After Pledged Delegates in North Dakota

There have been repeated reports that the Clinton campaign is going after delegates pledged to Obama. While her campaign has previously denied this, ABC News reports that Clinton is going after pledged delegates in North Dakota:

Sen. Hillary Clinton made a blunt appeal to North Dakota delegates to switch their support to her, despite the fact that Sen. Barack Obama handily defeated her in the state’s caucus in February.

In an indication of how tense the battle has become for each Democratic delegate, Obama abandoned the campaign trail in Pennsylvania and scooted to North Dakota for the state party’s annual dinner last night, despite the fact that he’s already won 14 of the state’s 21 delegates as well as six of the state’s seven superdelegates.

The two candidates also will battle for votes tonight in Butte, Mont., when Democrats there hold their annual dinner. The Montana primary, which offers only a handful of delegates, is scheduled for June.

Clinton made it clear to North Dakota Democrats last night that she believes there is no such thing as a pledged delegate and highlighted that stubborn streak in her appeal for delegates to switch from Obama to her when the Democratic national party holds its nominating convention this August.

The strategy appears futile. Pledged delegates are chosen for their loyalty to the candidate. Clinton is unlikely to pick up more delegates by such tactics, but they do reinforce the view that she is willing to do anything to win the nomination, regardless of how dishonest.

The Sweet Dreams Ticket

Marc Ambinder reports on yet another push for a so-called dream ticket of Clinton/Obama:

Hillary/Obama ’08 becomes official today. In a way.

A Clinton insider who served as ex campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle’s executive assistant for several years has set up a new website, and plans to register with the Federal Election Commission today.

VoteBoth urges Democrats to support a joint Clinton-Obama ticket.

Its creator, Adam Parkhomenko, resigned from the campaign three weeks ago.

He had been one of the first employees of the 2006 incarnation of Clinton’s political action committee, HillPAC, and his proximity to the powers of the campaign will raise the question of whether the effort is sanctioned by the campaign. (Parkhomenko says that the idea was his own.)

It looks like one more desperation move from Clinton supporters. Having Obama running as VP wouldn’t make the prospect of a Clinton presidency any more palatable to me. While I doubt they have any interest in the reverse ticket, I would still vote for Obama if he felt forced to run with Clinton, but would see her as a poor choice for running mate.

Rather than the Dream Ticket, how about the Sweet Dreams Ticket? Since Hillary Clinton seems to like answering the phone at 3 a.m., Obama could promise to make her a special White House assistant in charge of handling any crisis calls which come in at that hour. This would allow Obama to have a good night’s sleep and enjoy sweet dreams, keeping him refreshed for during the day when the real work is done. As there is rarely a call at 3 a.m. which requires presidential intervention, Hillary Clinton’s poor judgment and lack of ethics is not likely to do the country any serious harm in such a position.

Another Poll Shows Clinton Losing Support in Pennsylvania

When there was only one poll showing Clinton and Obama virtually tied in Pennsylvania (with a two point lead for Obama) most wrote it off as an outlier. Now a second poll shows that Clinton’s previous lead has been wiped out. The American Research Group shows both Clinton and Obama tied at 45%. Clinton lead 51% to 39% in the previous poll taken March 26-7.