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Pick a Democratic candidate before the convention!

March 23, 2008

It appears to be statistically impossible for Clinton or Obama to get enough delegates to win the nomination without the superdelegates (to use Governor Bredesen’s spelling). I was listening to Rachel Maddow’s show from Thursday (I’ve often wanted to live blog her show, its FULL of excellent information). She interviewed Tennessee Governor Philip Bredesen, who penned an editorial in the NY Times, about having a superdelegate primary decide soon after the last state primary.

We are blessed with two fine candidates, but it’s entirely possible that when primary season ends on June 3, we will still lack a clear nominee. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could each still believe that the nomination could be his or hers at the national convention in Denver in August.

In that situation, we would then face a long summer of brutal and unnecessary warfare. We would face a summer of growing polarization. And we would face a summer of lost opportunities — lost opportunities to heal the wounds of the primaries, to fill the party’s coffers, to offer unified Democratic ideas for America’s challenges.


Of the 795 superdelegates, over 40 percent have not announced which candidate they are supporting; I’m one of them. While it would be comfortable for me to delay making a decision until the convention, the reality is that I’ll have all the information I reasonably need in June, and so will my colleagues across the country.

There will have been more than 20 debates, and more than 28 million Americans will have made their choices and voted. Any remaining uncertainty in our nominee will then lie with the superdelegates, and it will be time for us to make our choices and get on with the business of electing a president.


In addition to the practical political benefits, such a plan is also a chance to show America that we are a modern political party focused on results. It’s a chance to show that when confronted with an unexpected problem, we have the common sense to come together, roll up our sleeves and direct events to a successful conclusion.

And I believe that in the end, American voters might just be inclined to reward that kind of unexpected common sense.

*emphasis mine* I know I am looking for common sense and truth, and a return to the once great country the United States of America has the heart to be.
My conclusions from this article include: Two more months to campaign for the Office, itself. Two less months of doing McCain’s job for him. Putting the focus on what the focus should be. Getting Obama in office! (Oops did that show bias?)

I believe that if the choices are between Clinton and McCain, McCain would sadly win, and continue the rethuglican, kool-aid drinking baloney.
There are sexist and racist issues simmering under all of this, and if we don’t combine our (non-racist OR sexist) power, it will be squandered. Our country is torn apart, and we are tearing apart the Middle East too. We are better than that, as a country. Let’s prove it.

Of course, if Clinton concedes for the good of the party, it eliminates the power of the super delegates, and allows the Democrats to focus on winning the race.


P.S. I’ve been listening to the SXSW08 Podcasts (archive, RSS). During the Interactive opening remarks, there was a segment where one of the speakers brought up Obama, and the audience cheered (link to less than 30 secs of audio, if everything works out.)

One Comment
  1. tychy permalink
    April 6, 2008 5:08 pm

    i’m not an american, but if i was i’d probably be rather demoralised by the spectacle of the democratic race. it’s not politics. it’s just a popularity contest between two millionaires with nice teeth. if i was american i’d probably want to know more about the candidates’ healthcare plans than about their sex, race, past, yadda yadda. obama should stand down – simply because he’s young and will have many more shots at the presidency – and then maybe the politics can commence.

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