Monday, March 31, 2008

 

I thought Sen. Leahy was Pro-Choice

Not being a Democrat, their ways are often a mystery to me as I tend to confuse their words with their words. Anyway, I’m still trying to figure out the argument for why Senator Clinton should be dropping out.

I read that she can’t possibly win without the aid of the so-called super-delegates…but then neither can Senator Obama. By all accounts, both candidates will ride up to the convention well short of the pledged delegates needed to lock up the nomination…meaning they’ll both be reliant on super delegates (who are, by definition, unpledged). Now the super delegates are being “encouraged” not to vote in such a way that they’ll overturn the clear preference of the voters. Unfortunately, the ensuing primaries could make that preference less clear as to the will of the people because, if you believe the polls for many of the remaining primary states, that preference is apparently Hillary Clinton. Polls also indicate that nationally, Democrats are split fairly evenly between the two.

In other words, Democratic voters in major Democratic states like Pennsylvania are poised to express an opinion that they prefer Ms. Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Party leaders and super-delegates such as Senator Leahy believe that such expressions of support by voters are bad for the party because they don’t express what they think the voters should be expressing.

So, to sum it all up, the pressure on Senator Clinton to drop out is coming from many of the people who make up the super-delegate populace. These party leaders want the convention to reflect the people’s choice. Unfortunately, the people are having a hard time arriving at a consensus choice so these enlightened leaders want to help out by limiting their choices…to one. Thus will the people’s will be done. Most importantly, this would then allow the super delegates to vote for Senator Obama, all the while claiming that they are merely reflecting the will of their people.

This is very important because, were the convention to actually come down to the super delegate vote AND the nominee they put over the top then goes down in defeat to John McCain, well, then, those super delegates would have some ‘splainin to do. Plausible deniability is always the preferred route.

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