Ask Ty...May 7

Q: Dear Ty,

Can it please be over?


Ty: Dear ABC,

Good question and an even better observation. Here's the short answer: It's over.

On the surface the Indiana-North Carolina split could indicate that the democratic nomination process would continue indefinitely, or at least until the convention. But, rest assured ABC, it's over. It may not be officially conceded, but it's over. Breathe easy and go back to your other pursuits. As the late and legendary Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn would say, "This game's in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin'!" That is, the game's outcome is set; only the final score is in question.

Here's why:
The Clinton camp is broke. Financially, she and Billy Blowjob have now loaned nearly $15 million to the campaign. Money, as you know, is the key to modern presidential politics. Spiritually, insiders are finished working hard given there is widespread acknowledgment that the game is over.

North Carolina (a big state, a southern state, and an important state) was a landslide. This was predicted. Indiana was the key state here and perhaps the key to the nomination process. Clinton had to win big. Indiana was decided by less than two percentage points.

It was also clear that Indiana was influenced by republicans voting for Clinton. Why? Since No Change McCain has the nomination locked up voters were urged to vote for Clinton. The thinking there is twofold, 1) Disrupt the democratic nomination process, and; 2) help Clinton to the nomination. She's easier to beat in November. [Note: McCain only received 73% of the republican votes in North Carolina and 77% in Indiana. That's a lot of votes against the presumptive nominee]

Superdelegates are trickling toward the Obama camp in a manner that suggests that there is an organized effort to respectfully depart the Clinton camp while strongly hinting that she should pack it up.

The Clinton camp will argue that the nomination is not locked at 2,024 delegates but--mid-game rule change--at 2,209 delegates. Remember Florida and Michigan? Well, nobody likes mid-game rule changers, right?

Super-superdelegates say they're looking at "electability" rather than the "candidate who wins the most primary delegates." On the surface that looks like a dig at Obama. Not at all, it's telling Clinton to shut up.

Barry Oh!® is winning despite stupid ex-pastors, competitor negativism, and republican intervention. Oh, and he's right with regard to the stupidity of the "Clinton-McCain Gas Tax Scheme." Generally, he's still running a Hopey-Positive campaign. People like that.

And to extend the discussion to the general, I'm going to go ahead and declare Barack Barry Oh!® Obama then next president of the United States of America®. [Note: Corey, go ahead and add "Barack" and "Obama" to all spell check dictionaries]. Why anyone would want to be the president is beyond me though.

Just a guess (and, as always, I've been wrong before),