The news media report that, adding the delegates earned in tonight's primaries and superdelegates newly committed to him, Senator Obama now has enough votes to win the Democratic party's presidential nomination on the first ballot. Senator Clinton is expected to speak later tonight, but it remain unclear whether she will concede or hold out in a final effort to change the minds of superdelegates. If the reports hold up, history will obviously have been made, but it would have been so either way. I've favored Obama in this particular campaign, but I suspect the outcome tells more about the faults of Hillary Clinton than it rewards the virtues of Barack Obama. Despite all the present persistent whining about alleged misogyny, I submit that, had another woman campaigned from a power base like New York State with as much name recognition as Hillary Clinton has, she could very well have beaten Obama across the country. I don't believe that any powerful female politician would be perceived as Hillary has. There is too much particular history involved for that to be plausible. This campaign has been a national referendum on Hillary Clinton as much as it's been a rally to Obama's charisma. She is too much of an individual, too much of a historical figure already, to have been judged as some abstract female. So let's hear no excuses from the Clintonites and the feminists and the feminazis. If they want to keep fighting, and if she does, let them; this is still a free country. Let them have their own party if they want, something they probably wouldn't allow other people, and see how many people come.
From this point forward, if the media have called it right, it will be Obama who sets the terms of his own electability. He was a little bit gutless late in the game in finally quitting his silly church, but McCain's similar predicament with his past pet preachers should clean that slate. During this last month, Obama has been fighting with one hand tied behind his back, voluntarily it seems, since he never saw fit to refute Clinton's criticisms with the obvious references to her own electability issues. This made it seem at least superficially that Clinton's argument was undisputed or indisputable, if only because Obama would not make the obvious comparisons to show that he was more electable than her. He was probably wise in withstanding the storm, since doing as I would have liked would probably have made it even less likely that hard-core Clintonites would finally vote for him. One hopes, however, that he'll be less reticent with Senator McCain, because it needs to be made clear that the Republican is ready and willing to get more Americans killed for no good reason, and it is not bad form, or mean, or negative, to say so.
As of 10:00 p.m., my time, it is not over.