March 6, 2008


Clinton success alters delegate race's dynamic (Adam Nagourney and Carl Hulse, March 6, 2008, NY Times)

Obama now has 1,299 delegates, compared with 1,180 for Clinton, based on a count of pledged and projected delegates prepared by The New York Times. A candidate needs 2,025 to claim the nomination, a figure that neither Clinton nor Obama can reach without the votes of so-called superdelegates — party officials and elected Democrats who are awarded automatic seats. [...]

The Clinton campaign suggested it would press on with its efforts to claim delegates from Florida and Michigan, two states where she won primaries that were held in defiance of the Democratic National Committee's approved calendar and where neither candidate campaigned actively. Obama was not on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton and Obama are embracing sharply different approaches as they try to capture the nomination and rally superdelegates behind them. For Obama, it is a matter of delegate math as he argues that superdelegates should support whoever has won the most elected delegates after the primary season ends in June. For Clinton, it is trying to build momentum — and making a case that she is more electable — to persuade superdelegates to support her. [...]

In a sign of difficult times ahead, there was more pressure on the Democratic Party to devise a way to seat delegations from Michigan and Florida. The governors of both states — Charlie Crist of Florida, a Republican, and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat, issued an unusual joint statement urging the Democratic National Committee to find a solution for seating the delegations.

"It is intolerable that the national political parties have denied the citizens of Michigan and Florida their votes and voices at their respective national conventions," Crist and Granholm said.

We still have a shot at Antonin Scalia being the one to select the Democrat nominee....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2008 10:09 AM

They should use a more civilized format - like 'American Gladiator'.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2008 11:56 AM

Here's a possibility you might not have considered:

John Edwards has 26 pledged delegates. IIRC, those delegated have to vote for The Man With Nice Hair on the first convention ballot. If neither Hillary! nor Obama! have a majority after the first ballot, the Edwards bloc would potentially be the kingmakers.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 6, 2008 3:37 PM

One word: Thunderdome!

Posted by: Bryan at March 6, 2008 6:05 PM

Or, they could all vote for Edwards on second ballot!

Posted by: sam at March 6, 2008 6:31 PM

To perfect the conspiracy, the lawsuit that eventually ends with an affirmance by Scalia should start with a dismissal by Judge Richard Matsch of the District Court of Colorado, the locus of the convention. Matsch is a smart and reasonable guy who will get it right promptly (i.e., will tell the Democrats to go back to their sandbox, regardless of who's selected-not-elected), he's a terrific Democrat hate figure (old white male appointed to the bench by Nixon), and as the judge who presided over Timothy McVeigh's murder trial, he's probably already part of the conspiracy in the Truthers' world.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at March 6, 2008 7:11 PM