John Heilemann and Joe Trippi Discuss the Democratic Primary Race Over Instant MessengerLast night, Democratic strategist Joe Trippi sat down to discuss the Democratic primary with New York’s John Heilemann from his home on the eastern shore of Maryland. The architect of Howard Dean’s 2004 primary insurgency, most recently a senior adviser to John Edwards’s campaign and a leading advocate for the “bottom-up” style of campaigning, which eschews big donors in favor of grassroots organizing and small donations fueled by the Internet, shared his thoughts on the current Clinton-Obama deadlock. Read on to find out why this won’t be resolved before the convention, a Clinton-Obama ticket is likely, and the end of the writers’ strike was a key moment in the race.
JH: Let’s start at 30,000 feet. As of right now, what’s the probability (out of 100) that Obama will be the Democratic nominee?
JT: I would give Obama a probability of 70 out of 100 that he will be the nominee, but Clinton could still pull this out.