Running on Empty: In a campaign whose race for the super-delegates is reportedly, secretly, over...In a campaign -- the subtext of which -- has been complaint and even metaphorical martyrdom...They are words that would have sent supporters of Senator Clinton into a paroxysm of rage. That the nation needed a president quote "that has testicular fortitude." Our fifth story on the Countdown: that there is no rage and that there are no death threats tonight, explicable thusly: the gonadial reference was made by a labor leader, as he endorsed Senator Clinton, intending it as a compliment to her fortitude.
Wright Left: In case there was any question-- and, yes, there was-- whether the Obama campaign is moving on from the Reverend Wright, following Senator Obama's definitive renunciation yesterday... the senator's wife provided an answer today. That answer, our fourth story tonight... "next question, please!"
ODDBALL: Hair news, and a tv guest drinks bug water.
Walmart: Always Low For three days running -- Wal-Mart made it into our nightly list of Worst Persons in the World. Until finally -- on April 1st -- that company announced it was dropping its claim to the money its health care plan paid to Wal-Mart employee Deborah Shank after she was left permanently brain-damaged in a horrific truck accident. Tonight -- in our third story on the Countdown -- it appears Wal-mart has snatched evil from the jaws of goodness. Wal-Mart... is dragging its corporate feet. Debbie Shank's husband - Jim - who took on two jobs to help pay for her ongoing healthcare and who was even forced to divorce her just so she could get a little more money from Medicaid - will join us presently. First - a reminder of just what happened to the Shank Family.
WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD: CBS reporter Jay Gormley, John McCain and Bill-O vie for tonight's top honors.
The Littlest Idol: We're back to this again. Stories my producers are forcing me to cover -- our number one tonight -- the latest, cringe-worthy, You-Tube-able, Paula Abdul meltdown. You and I can claim we don't care. But it's like the late great comic Bill Hicks used to admit about his inability to stop watching the t-v show "Cops"... "I'm like a guy with a sore tooth I can't stop touching with my tongue."