Pelosi, Reid, and Dean set superdelegate deadline

Last night we heard Hillary say that she wasn’t making any decisions anytime soon regarding her presidential bid. This gives her some time to see if she can raise more money and if the Michelle Obama “whitey” video surfaces today as the rumors say it will. If it does and the video is as damning as people say it is, then that gives Hillary a lot more leverage with not only the remaining uncommitted superdelegates but with those who have already publicly said they will support Obama to get them to change sides and support her.

A new problem has arisen today for the Hillary camp, however. According to the LA Times’ Top of the Ticket, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean have set a Friday deadline for all uncommitted superdelegates to pick their candidate. This would force Hillary out of the primary race and bring it to a close.

With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday — and thus end the now hopeless, one-time frontrunning campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination’s victory to Barack Obama, who’s gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party’s nomination.

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Assn., issued the brief statement for unity just minutes ago:

“The voters have spoken,” they said, adding later, “Democrats must now turn our full attention to the general election. To that end, we are urging all remaining uncommitted super delegates to make their decisions known by Friday of this week, so that our party can stand united.”

This certainly puts to bed Hillary’s quest for the Democratic nomination. Even if the Michelle tape surfaces today, Friday may still be too soon to really tell what the damage will be as it can sometimes take several news cycles for a scandal to truly take shape and hurt a candidate seriously. By Friday, uncommitted superdelegates may still choose to go with Obama.

But who knows. This is politics and anything can happen in a span of two days.

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