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Enjoying the weather; Democratic primary...

Behind The News
December 15, 2010 11:27:35 AM PST
When I first moved to New York -- a Southern California boy arriving here in the dead of winter -- a producer at Good Morning America told me that, come late April or early May, I'll walk onto the street and see the colorful blooms and the bright blue sky and the trees sprouting green and jump up and down and realize that THIS was the glory of spring and one of the best things about New York and the East. And sure enough, every year since that winter of '92, I've done that, or a reasonable facsimile. I have done it several times this week. The weather, as if you need me to tell you, has been spectacular. How long will it last?

But no matter, really -- the key is to enjoy it while it lasts. The thick, hot, pea-soup humidity will be here soon enough.

Speaking of spring, things are blooming for Hillary Clinton. She's raised $10 million since last night's 10-point win in the Pennsylvania primary.

But the victory over Barack Obama hardly seals the deal for the Democrats; in fact, it makes it more complicated. It is quite possible that neither candidate will have enough delegates to secure the nomination before the August convention in Denver.

It will make for a fascinating convention, to be sure. But will all the infighting cost the Dems the White House? That's the fear from party loyalists.

Judging just from Sen. Clinton's victory speech last night, however, those Democrats might take heart. And yes I know it's easy to be gracious and take the high-ground when you win, but Clinton, it seemed to me, reached out with an open hand to Obama at least three times. She was not so gracious during the six-week campaign itself; it was a nasty, low-ground experience that left both candidates sullied, and Obama reeling a bit.

We'll have the latest from the campaign trail, tonight at 11.

And a changing of the guard for the Pentagon in Iraq. Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq for the past year, has been nominated to become the head of Central Command, in charge of the entire Middle East, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He'll have to go through Congressional approval, and given the unpopularity of the war, it is not likely to be a breeze of a nomination process. But the nomination also implies something ominous: The Bush Administration anticipates that the war it started five years ago, will likely last a long time. Hence, the nomination of someone who would provide continuity in military command in the region.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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