Thursday, April 03, 2008

Lou Dobbs on the Democratic race

As Susie Madrak cleverly noticed, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while."

Watch the video for the full megillah. Transcript. Just a partial excerpt:

DOBBS: I mean this has reached a silly, silly proportion. And the reason it has reached this silly, silly position right now in my opinion is because we in the national media have played along with this pro Obama nonsense for a very long time.

SCHNEIDER: Well, I think the national media has calculated here and I've done this calculation, is it's difficult to see how Senator Clinton can overtake Obama in either pledged delegates or popular votes. The calculation I did shows that in order to overtake his delegate lead, pledged delegates, he's behind in super delegates.

She would have to win about two-thirds of the remaining pledged delegates. That's very tough for her to do. And in popular votes, she would have to win about 56 percent of the remaining voters. She's done that in only a few primaries, so it just looks a very difficult thing for her to accomplish. Some people in the Obama camp say well if it's so tough, why doesn't she just get out now and spare us all the battle.

DOBBS: If I may say, you have got some broccoli, some onions and some apples in all of that. Bill, let me ask you this. As an Independent and I've got no view one way or the other on the Republican or the Democratic side of this thing. But what you said was she can't win the nomination. Neither can Senator Obama.


DOBBS: The fact is they're separated by just about 130 delegate votes.

SCHNEIDER: That's exactly right.

DOBBS: And she has the lead in super delegate votes, so why in the world is there this compulsion, this absolute insistence in the national media to talk about the fact she can't win the nomination? Neither can Senator Obama. And I have never seen in my career greater favoritism being applied in the national media broadly speaking than in this campaign in behalf of Senator Obama and against Senator Clinton.

SCHNEIDER: Well you're exactly right that neither one of the two candidates is likely to be able to win a majority of the delegates before the convention. The super delegates is going to make one or the other of them finally the nominee. Closure is going reach -- be reached by the super delegates. (CROSSTALK). . .

. . .DOBBS: But Bill, this is going on without challenge in too many quarters in the national media and I'm talking about major broadcasts, news organizations, major cable news organizations, major newspapers and magazines and it's going on unchallenged. And it's absolutely to me obscene. Have you ever seen anything like it? . . .

. . .Well and the very idea that this should not go to convention, that this should not be decided by the super delegates, could we put forward this headline for everyone in the national media supporting either Obama or Clinton? This race, unless there is something amazing in terms of a development unforeseen here, will be decided by the super delegates. Is that a correct statement?

SCHNEIDER: That is correct.