The very same party which, for years, have advanced the mantras of “every vote counts” and “count every vote” is set to disregard millions of votes in the selection of its nominee.
The very same party which, for years, has identified itself as the party who fights for the little guy will now very likely find its nominee picked by the elites.
According to the Associated Press (and any political junkie with a calculator), neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton will likely be able to reach the requisite amount of delegates needed to secure the Democratic party nomination, leaving the decision essentially up to the 800 or so party officials which are currently enjoying uber-lobbyist status, as evidenced by the block of Ohio superdelegates who have decided to withhold their votes until one of the two candidates releases a concrete proposal to protect American jobs.
(As an aside, perhaps the powers that be in Ohio should take a long, hard look at their own corporate tax rates and other free-market factors which have driven jobs away from the state quicker than Michael Moore from a garden salad.)
The democrats would be well-served if either Clinton or Obama decided to withdraw for the good of the party, but I just don’t see it happening. Even with the recent rough patches, Obama is still enjoying messiah status and probably will continue to do so through the convention; Hillary has enjoyed a resurgence with her victories in Texas and Ohio. Furthermore, never underestimate the political will of the Clintons.
This fight seems like it will certainly go right to the convention, where one of two things will happen: Either (1) Clinton or Obama will be riding high on momentum after Pennsylvania and the rest of the states, and the superdelegates will cast their votes for the popular vote winner, or (2) one of the two candidates will garner superdelegate votes with limitless promises and smoky back-room negotiations and the superdelegates will disregard the popular vote, causing all Hell to break loose.
Or, as one New York Post columnist suggests, maybe Al Gore will ride in to the rescue on a malnourished, homeless polar bear and save everybody.
Either way, I plan to enjoy the ride. It has been incredibly fun to watch Hillary Clinton complain about media bias, regardless of how correct she was to do so. It has been equally fun to watch the Obama camp backpedal out of NAFTA-gate and go after the Clinton camp for darkening the Illinois senator’s face as though he were O.J. Simpson on the cover of Newsweek.
I will freely admit that I was wrong to presumptively name Barack Obama as the definite Democratic nominee, though I stick with my statements that he is the perfect political weapon for his time and place, and that he will eventually be the nominee despite the difficult road ahead.
The next few weeks and months will be filled with democrats becoming enlightened as to the political games and tactical standards of their party. The mud will be slung, the candidates will be vetted, and money will be spent. At the end, one thing will be for sure — one of the two will be left standing, but they will be standing over a disenfranchised and shell-shocked base.
Now, where’s the popcorn?