March 25, 2008

WE LEFT OURSELVES WITH A CHOICE OF THESE TWO?:

The Democrats' anti-momentum: The '08 race has revealed the weird science of the Democratic primary system -- and the true problem with the long Obama-Clinton battle. (Walter Shapiro, Mar. 24, 2008, Salon)

Sixteen years ago, the last time the Democrats won back the White House, fewer than half the delegates had been selected by the end of March, with big-state primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California still on the docket. This campaign year the Democrats are already down to seeds and stems with 82 percent of the delegates having been chosen by March 11. This simple arithmetical fact -- combined with the scheduling of the 2008 Democratic Convention six weeks later than in 1992 -- is what gives such an air of unreality to the final installments of the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton soap opera.

With the chances to rerun the outlaw Michigan and Florida primaries now at the vanishing point, it may be time to inquire about a do-over for the rest of America. This is not an argument for Clinton, who otherwise probably has too far to go and too few remaining primaries to get there. But after a week punctuated by Obama's right-stuff response to wrong-way Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Clinton's document dump of today-tea-was-served White House schedules, Democrats are being barraged with new information about the candidates long after most of them have made a binding decision on a nominee. It is akin to being given a subscription to Consumer Reports the day after you bought a new car.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2008 6:47 AM
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A do-over for all of America? Oh, no way. Let us just leave these two crippled cruisers burning and listing, drifting on the seas. Let them hang there for as long as possible, let everyone see the utter mess they made of their situation.

Object lessons are so few that it would be a shame to waste one by shutting it down early.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 25, 2008 9:32 AM

"It is akin to being given a subscription to Consumer Reports the day after you bought a new car."

Actually, it's like being given a year-old Consumer Reports the day after you bought a two-year-old car. Who didn't know that Obama was a hard lefty who hung out with really hard lefties? Similarly, the Dems were shocked! to find out that John Kerry had slimed all military vets and was therefore unelectable.

Posted by: b at March 25, 2008 11:16 AM

"Seeds and stems"? Is that a cannabis reference?

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 25, 2008 12:25 PM
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