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Obama in Esquire

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Whether he becomes president or not, this dude will be able to wallpaper his house in nothing but magazine covers.

Here’s a taste of the lengthy piece for Esquire by Charles P. Pierce called, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” set to be on magazine stands next week:

He’s an impermeable man now. He is smooth and clean, and there’s nothing jagged or dangling or out of place. He seems to have emerged into this campaign, and into this moment in history, fully formed. One of the chief — and most deadly accurate — criticisms of Hillary Clinton was that her entire campaign was based on the inevitability of her nomination. The cynic has watched Barack Obama on fifteen different stages in fifteen different places in three states, and even here, even through the static on the radio, the cynic realizes that nobody ever thought Hillary Clinton was as inevitable a president of the United States as Barack Obama believes himself to be.

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May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm

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So It’s Over Right?

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Politico’s David Paul Kuhn tries to say that it is time to turn the lights out on the Clinton campaign, and I agree with him. It’s over. Really. It is. Obama won. It was a great race. Yadda, yadda. It’s time to iron out the wrinkles, placate the egos and get back to making sweet love over universal healthcare and budget balancing. Let’s do that!

Kuhn says Obama will announce that “it’s over” officially on May 20. I’m sure he will try very hard not to do it in some flagrant manner, like say, punching his fist through a placard reading “I will fight for you!” while shouting, “But you couldn’t fight this! I’m a baaaaad man! I’m the greatest of all time. Obama, bumaye! Obama, bumaye! Rumble, young senator, rumble! You can’t hold me! I’m too pretty. I’m so pretty!”

I mean, because that’s what I would do. But I’m sure he’ll reign it in.

“On May 20 we’re going to declare victory,” said an Obama senior advisor who asked that his name be withheld to speak candidly, adding that after those contests they will be “the ones with the most pledged delegates and the most popular votes.”

While the nature of that declaration of victory is “still developing,” in the advisor’s words, the Obama campaign contends that the winner of a majority of pledged delegates should be the party nominee.

But do you think the Clinton campaign got the memo? Kuhn said those Arkansan dead-enders plan to slug it out at least until May 31, but possibly even longer, arguing over those disputed Michigan and Florida delegations.

It’s a train wreck waiting to happen, with one candidate claiming to be the nominee while the other vigorously denies it, all predicated on an argument over what exactly constitutes the finish line of the primary race.

The Obama campaign agrees with the Democratic National Committee, which pegs a winning majority at 2,025 pledged delegates and superdelegates–a figure that excludes the penalized Florida and Michigan delegations. The Clinton campaign, on the other hand, insists the winner will need 2,209 to cinch the nomination–a tally that includes Florida and Michigan.

“We don’t accept 2,025. It is not the real number because that does not include Florida and Michigan,” said Howard Wolfson, one of Clinton’s two chief strategists. “It’s a phony number.”

Wolfson said they intend to contest the DNC’s 2,025 number “every day,” as well as any declaration of victory made by Obama based upon that number, because it does not include Florida and Michigan.

Now I’m not like other people. I don’t care whether Hillary remains an agitator all the way to Denver because, reality is, she can’t win. If she’s smart (and she is smart) she will use the sizable amount of delegates she won and tons of cache she has to use as she pleases. She could use it to gain favors or promises or to see her ideas make it onto Obama’s platform. (Other than her sudden desire to bomb Tehran and “gas tax holiday”promotion, they’ve got some wiggle room.)

Plus Obama will want to heal the Dems’ fractured coalition. He can’t do that if Clinton uses her leverage to pick at all those sores. Breaking the party down by its waring tribes of woman, black people, gays, blue collar whites, Latinos, “elites,” hardcore heart-bleeding Liberals, progressives, feminists and young people has been very damaging to the point that some want to take their toys and go give them to McCain.

Those people are crazy. But I understand their sentiment.

But if you believe Begala and Brazille, people are going to be SALTY over how this Democratic cookie crumbles.

So what will Obama do? You can’t ignore her. She’ has too many delegates. But you don’t want her hold those delegates over your head keeping your ideas and choices hostage until she stamps her OK on them. I know people don’t like to hear it, but the woman is just a little over 100 delegates from Obama. As much as he may want to see her disappear, I am telling you, she is not going. She didn’t leave Little Rock when they wanted her to leave. She didn’t leave the White House when her husband was being impeached. And she didn’t leave Bill all those times he cheated. She doesn’t double down. She is always “all-in.” She’s been in the shit before. She has smelled it. She is not afraid of no man (or woman) who gets in her way.

Violent Muhammad Ali allusions aside, how should Obama and Clinton barter this power struggle now that is officially, according to The Snob, “over?”

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May 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm

So I guess I can drop the "allegedly": Nick and Mimi Make It Last Forever and Ever

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Via Snob reader, Tiffany

Barf over the schmoopy, schlupy, coochi, coochi, coo talk in People Magazine:

“We really do feel we are soulmates.” That’s schmoopy newlywed Mariah Carey, who does her best to jinx her impromptu union to Nick Cannon in the pages of People, which scored the exclusive snaps of their not-a-joke April 30 knot-tying in the Bahamas.

“I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me,” sighs the big-lunged chanteuse, 39, who donned a slinky white wedding dress from Nile Cmylo, Christian Louboutin heels and a dinner napkin-like veil for the secret sunset nuptials at her sumptuous island estate.

“She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside,” swoons her dewy if unoriginal groom, 27, who also sported white for the ceremony.

It was apparently “love at first sight” for the actor, who decided he and the body-conscious songbird should stick together until death following six long weeks of coupledom (and a prominent role in her “Bye, Bye” video).

Um … I’m happy for you? Congratulations? Why are you together again? And six weeks, huh? Just six weeks from fling to ring? Well, you’ve already lasted longer in wedded bliss than Eddie Murphy and Tracie Edmonds so … I give it a few months, maybe. But this is a lovingly well timed publicity stunt wedding … it could work, right?

Mimi wants kids and even got a “Mrs. Cannon” tattoo (that always works out well) but she’s keeping her one-good-sense-eye-open.

At least the impulsive Mimi may have taken precautions before her latest walk down the aisle (she previously wed music mogul Tommy Mottola in an extravagant, fairy tale-style affair in 1993).

FoxNews.com says, despite reports to the contrary, she did indeed have her far less famous hubby sign an agreement that makes it clear her many rainbow-covered charm bracelets and her expansive collection of stilettos and sausage-casing clothing is hers and hers alone.

“Anyone who thinks we didn’t have a prenup is smoking something!” she purportedly told a pal.

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May 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Google Stalking CNN: All Things CNN Interviews With TJ, Snob sez, "Oh … Hell Naw!"

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Those bastards! The never replied to my e-mail! Damn you All Things CNN!!! I asked you so nicely to hook a sister up. What is your damage, man? Why do you have to do me that way? They get to interview TJ Holmes and I get to report on them interviewing TJ Holmes. I swear! I can’t stand this snubbing, All Things CNN! I will send another jokingly written, but semi-serious e-mail demanding to be HOOKED UP! For reals!

Anywhere here’s a snippet of the Q&A:

4. What’s on your iPod? What’s in your Netflix queue? What was the last book you read (or the one that you’re currently reading)?

I can’t function without my Ipod. I listen to a lot of rap. A lot. Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Nas … they’re all in heavy rotation.

I have been trying for a year to finish reading Shia Revival by Vali Nasr. It’s often hard to find time to read books. I read a lot of news … papers, magazines, wires, websites.

5. Please tell us a little about the off camera TJ. Your family, hobbies, favorite authors, favorite episodic television, things in your life that you are the most proud of, etc.

You won’t catch me in a suit on my days off. I am a jeans and T-shirt guy. During football and basketball season, you might have a tough time getting me out of the house. I’m a huge college basketball and football fan, and I’m glued to the TV during the seasons. I don’t really have any TV shows that I watch. That has a lot to do with my schedule. I used to watch the Sopranos and ‘24’. Now, my appointment viewing: “60 Minutes” and “PTI.” (on ESPN)

I love my home. And, I love being at home. But, I don’t spend as much time there as I would like. My schedule really is nuts.

He also loves his blackberry and his iPod. He was once caught eating a Twizzler on live television. A matter of fact, if you want to seduce the man you should probably have a bunch of “Twizzlers, Hot Tamales, Mike and Ikes” and any other kind of candy. (So THAT’S why he’s so sweet!) He also thinks you should read “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. And he enjoys Greece, tropical islands and trips to Mexico. I don’t like any of the junk food he likes, but everything else I can work with here.

Me, TJ and the tropics. I’m feeling that. That, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

For those who want to read more of my TJ coverage, click here. For those who want to just drool over photos of my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of TV News, click here. I’ll be uploading a few new photos today.

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May 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm