Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Run That By Me Again?
All day long, I have been periodically checking satellite TV and the internet trying to figure out what happened in America yesterday. Now as far as I can figure out, many more Democrats cast their votes for Hillary and Barack than Republicans wasted on their slate of Dr. Strangelove wannabees and religious redicivists.
Barack Obama won the popular vote in 13 States and Hillary won in 9. Of course the big states Hillary won have bigger populations like California and New York. Still at this point in time, every source I find says that Obama has the most delegates determined by the popular vote. It's 590 for Hillary and 603 for Obama.
But, still Hillary has the lead in total delegates 783 to 709. How is this possible? Because a bunch of Democratic party officials got together and decided that they prefer Hillary in spite of the fact that the voters gave Obama the lead. To only increase your confusion, let me explain:
In addition to the delegates each candidate wins based upon how well they do in each state, each state's Senators, Members of the House, Governor and certain Democratic National Committee officials are their own delegates and they get to vote too. But they don't get to vote like you get to vote. No. They're already delegates, and they get to choose who they throw their delegate vote behind. So what happens is that so far in this race Obama is ahead. But Hillary has a lead in Superdelegates over Obama, 2-1. Those Superdelegates - i.e., party officials that have nothing to do with your vote - have decided to give Hillary the lead in spite of your vote. How do you like that?
Now, if Hillary ends up having the lead in delegates but Obama wins anyway by getting most of the Superdelegates I'll be just as upset. This is no way to pick a president; a bunch of mostly-white mostly-rich mostly-men getting together and deciding if we're smart enough to pick our own candidate. If either candidate has fewer "real" delegates than their opponent, but wins by virtue of their Superdelegates, I think you're going to see a civil war. Imagine what will happen in the black community if a bunch of white Democrats are perceived to have taken the election away from the first black presidential nominee? Imagine how they're going to feel towards the Democratic party in the future? And for that matter, imagine how Hillary voters are going to feel towards Obama if she wins the real delegates but he wins by virtue of the Superdelegates?
Our system is a joke. They ought to split the Superdelegates now, 50-50 and be done with it.