This is a message to Superdel holdouts: game over
On the eve of a sure blowout in Kentucky, Barack Obama addresses 75,000 supporters in Oregon, a staggering turnout that will dominate the news coverage for the next few days. Sorry Hillary, but a win in the Bluegrass State can't overshadow this. It's another indication of Obama's keen sense of timing in politics. Whenever Clinton has posted a win, he's snuffed it with major endoresement announcements or events that steal her thunder. I like his style.
Bobby Kennedy employed the same tactic in 1968. Party bosses held MUCH more control over primaries and how candidates were picked. Bobby was less-than-popular with that crowd so he had to show that he had overwhelming public support in order to shake the bosses from their preferred picks (LBJ or Gene McCarthy). So he launched his campaign with a pair of HUGE rallies in conservative Kansas. Bad ass! (Here's an excerpt from this Month's Vanity Fair cover story on this very topic)