Wednesday, March 05, 2008
In its infinite wisdom to muck things up as much as possible and make it as difficult as possible to avoid the kind of disjointed horse race it currently has, the Democrat Party twenty years ago decided to adopt a system of proportional primaries rather than award its delegates as the Republicans do on a winner-take-all basis. And for all the talk of Sen. Barack Obama's recent winning streak (which came to an abrupt end Tuesday with losses in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island) and all the apparent momentum that temporarily followed, which caused many to prematurely anoint him the chosen-one and demand that Sen. Hillary Clinton drop out of the campaign, we'd be looking at a much different race if the game was played differently.
With all his states to-date, Obama would be sitting with 1233 delegates. The down-but-certainly-far-from-out Clinton would be enjoying a 482 delegate lead with a total of 1715, just 310 shy of the 2025 needed to snag the nomination. With a few more wins under her belt, like Pennsylvania, the race would soon be over and Democrats could be unified and begin preparing for the big battle in November against the GOP's Sen. John McCain. Instead, this archaic, flawed system will result in a knock-down, drag-out battle all the way to the August convention in Denver.
Man, if only the Democrats could get out of their own way they might actually win an election someday....