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Democratic Showdown

Cruising online through the various entanglements (or should I say militant encampments) of Democratic supporters can be trying. Pop a few Tylenol and let me explain what I'm talking about.

During the Republican and Democratic primaries, each of the candidates is trying to win as many delegates as possible. The Democrats have a total of 4,048 to be won (or more likely divided among the Democratic candidates) and the Republicans have 2,380 delegates for their side.

The goal for any of the Republican and Democratic candidates is to have the most delegates as quickly as possible. For the Democrats, the magic number is 2,118 while the Republicans magic number is 1,191.

Seems relatively simple, right? First person to the magic number is the nominee. Well, this is politics after all and nothing is simple when dealing with politicians, political pundits, and the idiots that came up with these structured primaries.

Luckily or unluckily, depending upon your point of view, McCain has reached the magic number and will ride into Minnesota as the Republican nominee for President. Goodbye to McCain for now as you've done your part for this election.

Then there are the Democrats. Why people trust Democrats to run the country when they can't even agree on their nominee is beyond me.

Following the disasterous Carter campaign in 1980, the Democrats decided that more "politicians and revered political figures" in the Democratic Party needed to be more involved. This was obviously their first mistake---thinking politicians need more involvement. Anyways, the rules committee created the Superdelegates or sometimes referred to as "unpledged, but you can buy my vote" delegates.

What is the difference between a super and a pledged?

A pledged delegate goes through the state party's nominating process to have the distinction and honor of proudly showing their face on TV as a Democratic delegate. Sad, but some people want their Paris Hilton 15 minutes of fame too.

Whereas an unpledged or Superdelegate, are not bound by any state elections and include all of the members of the Democratic National Committee and elected officials such as members of Congress and governors according to the NY Times. In other words, the superdelegates are made up of aggravating Democratic politicians (past and present) that you want to see less of on TV.

As we stand today, Barack Obama has 1,661 pledged delegates versus Hillary Clinton's 1,592. Remember, the magic number is 2,118 for the nomination. Obviously, neither candidate could close the deal. Yet, Obama rides into Denver as the presumptive nominee---unlike McCain who knows he won.

Now the real fun begins---what will the Superdelegates do? Will some switch to Hillary Clinton or will more of her Supers switch to Barack. This is the obvious question that will have a definitive answer at the Democratic convention.

In the meantime, Clinton supporters are raising cane over Barack's obvious "experience issue". Add into the mix the effectiveness of McCain's YouTube and TV ads and many Democrats are worried. Barack supporters--God love them--are not worried in the slightest. They see Barack as the person that will change the landscape of American politics forever. I believe they're correct.

Race relations will be set back a hundred years with his candidacy. While we're told that voting against Barack is "racist", so is a host of other "trigger" words that cannot be used when referencing blacks or Barack. The truth of the matter, the damage by Barack Obama has been done.

Buyer's remorse is setting in for many Democrats that support Hillary Clinton. Check out the PUMA blogs on the right hand side and you'll understand. However, it leaves a scary horizon for which racial identity politics is now front and center in American politics. We have one person to thank for all of this---Barack Obama. If the Supers regret their votes, they may set Hillary up to be the nominee.

In doing so, the Democrats will ensure a bloodbath with all the Obama supporters angered at seeing their candidate removed from the nomination. Hillary supporters already believe Obama has been "selected, not elected" the Democratic nominee.

For those that live in Denver, the rest of America feels tremendously bad for you. We don't want to switch places, but we do feel bad nonetheless.

Stay tuned for the drama that will unfold before, during, and after the convention. Should Hillary fail to have her name placed in the roll---watch her supporters exact revenge by working for McCain's victory (as some are already doing).

More reading:

Superdelegates - Who's pledged to whom?

Democratic Delegate Counts

I Own My Vote - Hillary supporters trying to nominate her instead of Barack.


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