to Turkana for bringing the sane:
As Big Tent Democrat continues to try to get people to understand, demography is everything, in this race. After Clinton's disastrous, and politically incompetent, final few weeks of February, she has been doing very well. She has been winning large states by mostly solid margins. She has been chipping away at Barack Obama's popular vote lead. While Obama supporters continue to tout The Math, they continue to ignore the fact that Obama cannot win the nomination on pledged delegates. Once again, repeat after me: the superdelegates will decide the nomination. Obama cannot win without them. Clinton cannot win without them. The pledged delegate metric is only one, and because Clinton cannot catch Obama in that metric, her entire argument rests on the possibility of her ending up with the most popular votes. That's a reasonable argument, and one that the uncommitted superdelegates are clearly willing to listen to. Of course, for that argument to even become part of the discussion is dependent upon Clinton's prevailing in the popular vote, and that's still very much an uphill climb, for her; but it is by no means impossible. And Obama supporters need to understand that.
to Melissa, who welcomes the campaigns to Indiana via a letter to the bored (and boring) NYT:
You see, some of us, out here in flyover country, haven't had our chance to vote yet. And, funnily enough, we're not actually tired of the campaigning. In fact, we're pretty stoked that we've got a chance to participate in a primary that might actually matter for the first time in a generation.
to BDBlue for the reminder of another time the NYT wanted to keep the number of voting Americans down to a manageable level.
to Kevin Franks, via Sadly No!, who reminds us of why we need to pay attention:
If Barack Obama or anyone else really cares to know what I think, I will simplify it all down to this. The landmark political fact of our time is the replacement of our middle-class republic by a plutocracy. If some candidate has a scheme to reverse this trend, they’ve got my vote, whether they prefer Courvoisier or beer bongs spiked with cough syrup. I don’t care whether they enjoy my books, or would rather have every scrap of paper bearing my writing loaded into a C-47 and dumped into Lake Michigan. If it will help restore the land of relative equality I was born in, I’ll fly the plane myself.
In fact, the candidates are out there pushing that message. I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt here because I didn't see him in person. I did see Hillary do it though. And the more time they're out there forced to compete for the votes of the people who want to hear about the candidates' schemes to reverse the damage of the BushCo years, the better off the Democrats are for November.