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Democrat and Democrater

March 5, 2008

DEMOCRATIC PARTISANS are worried about what a drawn out nomination battle will do to the party. And there’s an even more worried faction of Barak Obama concern trolls partisans whose calls for Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race are infused with a weird intensity.

This is a farce, she should drop out, but because she has a $100 million megaphone she must continue to perpetrate the lie that she can get the nomination without the popular vote behind her. The super delegates aren’t stupid, they’re not going to overturn the will of the people when all is said and done. There’s nothing to offer the most watched group in the world come June. Florida and Michigan shouldn’t count because everyone agreed before hand that they wouldn’t.
[Commenter Todd at Liberal Fascism]

Toiling under delusions of democracy? Though it is too late to make it now, the proper argument would be super-delegates shouldn’t exist. But, super-delegates exist. And they are not bound by “the will of the people” — only by ‘what they think is best for The Party.’ That super-delegates exist, is indicative that The Party needs a contingency for when “democracy” goes wrong.

Why shouldn’t Florida and Michigan count? (“…everyone agreed before hand that they wouldn’t.”) Are people from Florida and Michigan included in “everybody?” What is the wisdom of shutting out the voters (especially in Florida!) you need to help deliver those states electoral college votes (27 in Florida!) especially after what partisans claim those voters did to them in 2000?

BY-THE-BY, is there really all that much danger in a continuing nomination battle that upstages the other party’s candidate and fuels a scary-ass fundraising juggernaut? Even if the contenders go negative, once the general election comes around they’ll already be transparent, and be able to accuse McCain of plagiarizing (from a Democrat!) when he uses the same negative attacks. (And if your candidate has more negatives than can be covered in a primary season, why the fuck are they your candidate?)

[No, Your Montag doesn’t have a dog in this horse race. However, I was stirred by this post the other day at Stop Me Before I Vote Again.]

  1. March 5, 2008 4:42 PM

    Funny thing is, there are plenty of British people fooled into thinking that all these primaries make democracy interesting and meaningful for the ordinary voter when, behind the empty razmatazz, big business and only big business gets to decide who even runs: it’s only because she has a $100 million megaphone that she gets to speak at all.

  2. March 6, 2008 1:15 PM

    ordinary people will find something interesting when we tell them to find it interesting. story at eleven.

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