UPDATE II: (after the jump)
I haven't seen this widely reported anywhere but ABC (and Reuters) sites. CNN ended "Situation Room" segment with the story displayed as "Breaking News."
Here's the article and the link:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the presidential race on Friday and cede the Democratic nomination to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, ABC News reported on Wednesday, without citing any sources.
From CNN's Campbell Brown, Clinton will suspend her campaign. She will not release her delegates. Leverage... She is planning a birthday party for her mother in NYC tonight.
A couple of thoughts:
First, let's take a DEEP breath and think this through. We will have details soon enough, one way or the other. Clinton will release items prior to Friday, especially to those close to her campaign. We'll check in with Taylor Marsh and others later to see if Taylor's privy to anything.
Second, if she does quit, we could all go into speculation mode. But I think that is unwise until we have additional details. Then we can speculate and weigh options, actions, if any.
Third, as a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton I've said from the beginning of her campaign that I'm with her on this journey. I have also said (here) and to her that whatever she decides I am with her. This is HER decision - not the media's, not the boys' club, not the Obama blogs, not ours. There will be time in the next day or two to assess what this might mean and to deal with immediate and (possible) short- and long-term fallout from the decision.
I was stunned to turn on my television to see the "Breaking News" banner at the bottom of my screen (CNN), but the media and Obama's supporters have also been after her like coyotes on a carcass the last 24 hours and I knew last night that the pressure was going to be intense (and had, in fact, already begun).
It now appears that Clinton will officially "suspend" her campaign on Saturday, according to CNN:
The Clinton campaign said she will make the announcement at "an event in Washington, D.C.," where she will also thank her supporters.
A day after the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana, Johnson sent a letter to House Majority Whip James Clyburn to lobby the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Clinton as Obama's running mate.
Saying Clinton would "entertain the idea if it's offered," Johnson said, "This is Sen. Obama's decision. If the Congress members can come together and agree as I do that it would be in the best interest of the party to have Sen. Clinton on the ticket, they carry that petition to Sen. Obama."
"This is not a pressure. This is elected officials giving their best judgment," said Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television.
Johnson's letter to Clyburn says, "You know as well as I the deep affection that millions of African-Americans hold for both Senator Clinton and President Clinton."
It continues, "But most important, we need to have the certainty of winning; and, I believe, without question, that Barack Obama as president and Hillary Clinton as vice president bring that certainty to the ticket."
Seems like an appropriate time for a Bette Davis analogy. How about this one from "All About Eve"?
"Fasten your seatbelt; it's going to be a bumpy night."
Better yet, here's the real deal. Enjoy!
Read into this well-known and oft-repeated scene anything.you.like and share your thoughts!