Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fear -- That's What's Going On

It doesn't matter that Barack Obama is the "presumptive" Democratic presidential candidate, the howler keeps pointing out his obvious deficiencies in the hope that if enough Dems keep the pressure, somehow, someway superdelegates will come to their senses and vote for the most qualified candidate in Hillary Clinton.. After all, Hillary only needs 176 superdelegates in Denver to switch sides and "it will be Hillary onstage at Invesco Field."

But there is more cloak and dagger from Barky's campaign; they want to ban any mention of Hillary's name in Denver.

Craig Crawford once again smacks the unity pony on its simulated head with his latest column about what's at stake for Obama if the DNC follows their own frigging rulez and allows Hillary's name to be placed up for nomination and every delegate she won is allowed to vote for her.

With the dust settled on the primary season, one thing is clear: Obama is the presumed nominee thanks only to superdelegates. He never did win enough pledged delegates to reach the winning number, falling about 350 votes short. His expected victory stems from beating Clinton among superdelegates 463-257, according to a tally on Real Clear Politics.

All the more reason for Obama to make sure that there is no roll call including Clinton's name on the ballot at the national convention -- which a few die hard fans of the former First Lady are still clamoring for.


Best case scenario for Obama if Hillary's name goes before the convention is history records his weak win; and how he was never able to close the deal with Democratic voters; and how his coronation was only realized through caucus shenanigans, DNC largesse and superdelegate chickenheartedness. But at least he would get to keep his stolen nomination.

Of course the absolute nightmare scenario that keeps Obama awake at nights is that he continues to tank at the polls, can't raise the cash, superdelegates wake up from their self imposed stupor and Hillary emerges as the Democratic presidential candidate in Denver -- as she rightfully should.

Last I checked, Hillary Clinton hadn't won enough pledged delegates to reach the winning number either (in her case, falling 480 or so votes short). Senator Clinton was never able to "close the deal" with Democratic voters either. All of the items you check off as things that de-legitimize Obama's status as "presumptive nominee" could just as easily apply to Senator Clinton were the situation reversed. She would be the nominee "thanks only to superdelegates" and disallowed states (MI and FL) shenanigans by the DNC. It seems interesting to me that you believe the DNC should follow "their own frigging rulez" when it comes to making sure Senator Clinton's name is on the ballot in Denver, but when it came to following their "frigging rulez" regarding Florida and Michigan, you were willing, no, demanding, that the rules be changed.
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