Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Well, another decisive primary is over and it's .... indecisive. Have you noticed that the primaries continue to play out just as expected? Obama was expected to win Illinois and he did. Clinton was expected to win Pennsylvania and she did. I bring this up because the script, short of some earth-shaking gaffe, is going to continue right on track. Obama is supposed to win in Indiana and he likely will. The results of the script are not, nor will they ever be, a blow out for either candidate. Both sides have just enough evidence to realistically spin an argument in their favor. I don't think there will be a "knock-out" punch.

So if I'm correct, then our intrepid and courageous super delegates have the ball. As is often the case for politicians, they'd rather not have to take a stand. But I'm afraid they'll have no choice in this instance. For those who think the ongoing battle hurts the party's chances in November, they need to step up to the bar and encourage others to do so as well. A widespread movement of super delegates can give either candidate the nomination. And for those waiting until they absolutely have to make a decision, let's hope they're not wrong in their judgment about damaging the party by prolonging the fight. As I've said before, it's not that we have to go through all the primaries that's at issue. It's the fact that the entire process started so early that everyone (including moi') is getting sick of it.

Added: For those who are disappointed in the results, the votes are still being counted and the current margin of victory is 8.6%, not the headline 10 points being shouted out everywhere.

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