WASHINGTON - Top Democratic leaders intend to push for a quick end to the battle for the presidential nomination when primaries are over next week, said Thursday, adding that he, and party chairman Howard Dean will urge uncommitted delegates to choose sides.Normally I detest Harry Reid, but he's on point for stepping in here. Hillary Clinton never gave a damn about "counting all the votes" when she was ahead in the polls. But now that she's about to lose the Democratic nomination for president, she's every bit the sore loser, so much so that her only goal now is to antagonize her white, liberal base and take away Barack Obama's chance at winning the presidency so she'll be the presumptive pick to run again (and win) in 2012. So at the end of the day Black liberals, who once worshipped the ground the Clintons walked on, but are only now seeing Billary for the lying, scheming, ruthless scum that they truly are, will only have themselves to blame when Barack Obama loses the presidency to John McCain. After all, they are the ones who helped create the Clinton monster.
"By this time next week, it will all be over give or take a day," Reid said of the marathon race between the front-running Barack Obama and .
Obama is within 44 delegates of clinching the nomination, according to The Associated Press tally, and leads Clinton by roughly 200 delegates.
Democratic officials said Pelosi already has begun contacting uncommitted House members urging them to weigh in soon after the primary season ends. Numerous Democrats have expressed concern that a protracted nominating campaign could harm the party's chances of winning the White House in the fall. John McCain effectively wrapped up the Republican nomination in March.
Tantalizingly close to the nomination, Obama stands to gain a minimum of roughly 20 delegates in remaining primaries in Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota under party rules that distribute them proportional to the popular vote — even if he loses all three. He would need to enlist the support of uncommitted superdelegates to amass the rest.