Sunday Show Wrap-Up
1:47 AM, Apr 28, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
As my colleagues noted earlier, Barack Obama made his long-awaited sojourn to Fox News Sunday. Barnett and Goldfarb hit on a couple of important topics, but the boss may have had the most succinct evaluation: An "elegant and attractive performance, but somewhat substance free." About the only thing of interest was Obama's insistence on raising taxes on the upper-middle and upper class.
On This Week, meanwhile, Clinton-surrogate Evan Bayh laid out the groundwork for counting Florida's vote in the overall popular vote. "Florida does count in terms of the popular vote. The DNC can choose not to seat the delegates, but they don't have the right, by law, to not count the votes; the state of Florida counts the votes. They voted for state legislator, for state senator, for Congress . . . they voted to amend the state constitution! As a matter of law, those votes count, and the DNC can't override state law." Clinton's newfound lead is, literally, the worst case scenario for the Democrats--it creates the possibility of a convention in which the superdelegates will be forced to choose between a candidate who wisely gamed the system to rack up a big pledged delegate lead by taking caucus states and a candidate who won the most total votes.
Clinton advisor Howard Wolfson showed up on Face the Nation to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of the superdelegates on his boss's trump card: Obama's electability. "I think after significant losses in Ohio and Pennsylvania on behalf of Senator Obama," he said, "I think Democrats do have questions about whether or not he is going to be able to reach out and successfully win over the kind of blue-collar voters that Democrats need to win in order to take the White House back in November."