Monday, June 02, 2008

The Democratic Primary - Puerto Rico to Denver

In one of the last Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton hammered Barack Obama in Puerto Rico, garnering 68% of the vote. This leaves only Montana and South Dakota left to vote for a Democratic challenger to presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain.

I am glad that Clinton has stayed in the race and I hope she will stay in the race until the end. A nominee, after all, is selected at the convention, not by television pundits (though it might serve Senator Clinton well if the press decides the nominee).

Michigan and Florida, who lost the seats for their delegations because they moved their primaries to January, against party rules, have been somewhat appeased by being seated and recognized, but their votes only count as half-votes.

This is an exciting election for me. I loathe both Democratic candidates. I think she is worse than him, but I have no hope that either can further a progressive, thoughtful, mindful, administration that can restore America to its glory.

The Clinton camp will fight for the Michigan and Florida delegations until they are seated and allowed to place their entire allotment of votes is in her camp. If she succeeds at bullying the Democratic Party Credentials Committee into seating and recognizing those delegations, in full, then it should be a cake-walk for her to garner the super-delegates needed to put her over the top and displace Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.

Super-delegates are sort of an 'electoral college' within the Democratic Party. This is the method used by Party stalwarts to ensure that the rich and powerful within the Party are allowed to choose the candidate, the same way that rich and powerful Americans in the Electoral College elect the President after the voting takes place. We are a Republic that uses democratic processes, after all, not a Democracy. We can't really trust the people, the unwashed masses -- Reagan's middle class -- to decide who should be enthroned. We need to have that decided by the rich and powerful.

I think Clinton might be able to beat McCain -- maybe; and I think most of America would sooner shoot Obama dead than elect him. Perhaps because she probably stands a better chance at beating the Republican, Clinton should be nominated. I know she thinks so. I know the Democratic Leadership Committee thinks so. And when Democrats meet in Denver this Summer, I predict that all states' delegations will be seated in full and that most super delegates will move to the Clinton camp.

After all, it takes a village to steal a nomination.

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