Sunday Show Wrap-Up
6:27 PM, Mar 9, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
Howard Dean made the rounds this weekend to discuss the increasing likelihood of the nasty fight inside his party continuing all the way up until the convention. "There's two things they can do," he said on Face the Nation. "One is to have this kind of an alternative process, which we're talking about now, and the other is simply to appeal to the Credentials Committee at the--at the convention, which is controlled, actually, by the delegates, not by me. And they can do a lot of things at the Credentials Committee. I think it's very unlikely that Florida and Michigan, given how close this race is, are going to be seated as-is. But everybody's going to work very hard to find a compromise within the rules that's fair to both campaigns that will allow Florida and Michigan, in the end, to be seated."
Despite the fact that it seems increasingly likely that Clinton will be down in both the delegate count and the popular vote, her supporters haven't given up hope yet. "Well, sure, Tim, because, number one, Hillary Clinton has won states with about 260 electoral votes. Barack Obama has won states with about 190," said Ed Rendell on Meet the Press. He added that "the traditional role of the superdelegates is to determine who's going to be our strongest candidate. Tim, you and I have been doing this for a long time, as Tom has, and we know the big four in any presidential election recently are Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. And in all four of those states--Pennsylvania hasn't voted yet, but I assume we're going to do real well--Hillary Clinton will have taken those states."
And it's not just about the math. As George Will pointed out on This Week, "for her to beat Obama in the Spring and the Summer, she has to argue-to John McCain's advantage-that Obama is not winnable, not plausible as a president in November. She started doing that and it may be working."
Fox News Sunday guest Rep. Mike Pence talked about the overriding issue of this campaign: the war in Iraq. "As the Kurdish prime minister told me over lunch, I think it's seen as fragile because while the enemy has been in many respects largely beaten back in the center part of the country and in al-Anbar province, as we saw in grim detail in the car bombing and suicide bombing in Baghdad this week, this is still a lethal enemy that will use deadly force to upend the progress of stability and democracy in this country. â€¦ I did run into anxiety among many Iraqi officials about talk of a precipitous American withdrawal from Iraq. Several Iraqi leaders with whom we spoke and, frankly, regular Iraqis on the street, see the vital and critical importance of a durable American presence, at least in the near term."