There are various estimates of what might be decided at the meeting but most fall somewhere in the range of halving both states delegations, boosting the number of total delegates needed to clinch to the nomination without much changing the overall lead held by Barack Obama.
For all the attention focused on the DNC meeting this weekend, the real action is happening in the hierarchy of the Democratic Party, where the chieftains are preparing for the real endgame. One by one, party leaders are making it crystal clear that they aren't going to stand for any more tomfoolery once the primary season ends on Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday said she would "step in" to end things if the campaign doesn't come to a natural conclusion shortly. House Majority Whip James Clyburn said he would announce his endorsement on Tuesday. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mixed no words about the direction he sees things going, saying in a radio interview that "simple math indicates" Obama is the presumptive nominee.
Democrats are weary of a process which has energized the party but threatens to divide it the longer it goes on. Few have the stomach for a fight at the convention, knowing the losing history of nominees chosen that way. And, with prospects brighter than they have been for decades, it's understandable.
Still, wrapping up the primary contest remains a delicate task. For weeks, party leaders and Obama partisans have gone to great lengths to avoid making it appear that anyone is trying to shove Clinton out of the race. Her supporters, particularly women and those blue-collar voters in Midwest battleground states are too important to offend. With no more votes to be found or delegates to be won in the primary process, though, the patience is wearing thin.
Much will depend on how Clinton reacts over the next week. Her campaign has projected travel through June 6th (where to remains a mystery since there are no more states to be won). If Obama reaches the magic number by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning with a combination of pledged and superdelegates, he will certainly declare victory. If the process closes without, or even before, Clinton's agreement, the healing will be harder.
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