Checking Out

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Hillary Clinton hits her stride after the West Virginia blowout, but the media covering her appears to be checking out. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank trails the “ex-candidate” (as he calls her) from D.C. to Charleston, W. Va., noting “Exhibit A: There are two press buses waiting at the hotel here for Clinton’s trip to her victory rally in West Virginia, but the entire press contingent doesn’t quite fill one. It isn’t until the entourage arrives at Dulles Airport that Clinton aides learn that the second bus is still idling, empty, at the hotel.”

One note about last night’s coverage on the cable news networks: Chris Matthews continues to get teased over his “feeling up my leg comment” he made earlier in the primary season about one of Barack Obama’s speeches. When Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe suggested to Matthews that he would get the same feeling from his candidates’ victory speech, Matthews told him to get some new material.

Fighting Back:
John Kerry blogs on Huffington Post that GOP leaders are engaging in distortion of Barack Obama’s recent interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about Obama’s ties to the Jewish community. House GOP leader John Boehner criticized Obama for calling Israel a “constant sore” in the Middle East — even though Obama clearly was talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry writes, “…Rather than seriously disputing that, or, even better, offering a vision of their own on how to find peace in the Middle East and security for Israel, Rep. John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor – senior leadership in the House GOP — decided to ignore the actual meaning of English words and simply invent something Barack Obama didn’t say.”

Penn Pals: A couple days ago Obama supporter Kal Penn urged the president and vice president of College Democrats — two superdelegates — to get off the fence and endorse. On Thursday, they did, via YouTube and for Obama.

Colbert Response:
Stephen Colbert couldn’t let pass the recently surfaced YouTube meltdown of Bill O’Reilly on “Inside Edition” circa early 1990s. He came up with his own moment.

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