March 12, 2008


The Democrats, Wrestling To Negotiate An Endgame (Kevin Merida, 3/12/08, Washington Post)

To make it plain: The Democrats are stuck in their own mud. They have no scripted ending to this titanic battle, no scenario ready for wide embrace. Or any embrace. Or even a handshake. On one level, the historic competition between Obama and Clinton has energized the party, boosted primary turnouts, spawned legions of new voters and campaign volunteers. But on the let's-get-real level, Democrats have problems even a blind man can see. Their primaries and caucuses have revealed labor splits, racial and ethnic splits, gender splits, age and class splits, and a rivalry that is getting nastier by the day.

"It's a train wreck," says John Edgell, a Democratic operative not involved in either campaign. "Either way, you're going to tick off half the base."

The judges waiting in the wings are 796 party insiders unaffectionately known as superdelegates. "There's no way that superdelegates will not decide it," says Edgell, who has been meticulously tracking superdelegate endorsements and compiling them on a spreadsheet. As of yesterday, his count was 269 for Clinton, 220 for Obama. [Overall, Obama leads Clinton in total delegates, 1,585 to 1,473, according to the Associated Press.]

We are now in the strange season of Democratic pretense -- pretend that everything will work out smoothly even though you suspect that everything won't. "The Democratic Party is going to have gum on its shoes that it can't get off," says Edgell, a former veteran congressional staffer.

Mud? Gum? Seems like they're deep in something else....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 9:01 AM

spawned legions of new voters

Is this even true? Or has it just created lots of new primary voters out of the voters already radicalized by the far-left.

Posted by: Timothy at March 12, 2008 11:31 AM

Is the writer being lazy or are there other unprintable opinions: two quotes from the same person with two labels in one article?

Posted by: ic at March 12, 2008 1:34 PM

Does anybody know what will happen to the delegates of Edwards?

Posted by: todderchek at March 12, 2008 4:22 PM