You fail to learn from history at your own peril.
Many Democrats, including the current Speaker Nancy, Pelosi, have been advancing the theory that because Barack Obama has the majority of elected delegates, he should be the nominee of the party. The last time that measure was used to to determine the nominee, the Democrats ended up with Walter Mondale.
There is a reason why superdelegates exist.
By embracing the notion that “change from George Bush and the Iraq war” is going to unify the country into voting for Barack Obama, Pelosi et al are throwing away the very voters that Bill Clinton courted to win the Presidency. independent, moderate voters–many of them women. According to polling, not only do more Clinton supporters say they will not vote for Obama than Obama supporters say won’t vote for Clinton, the Clinton supporters go even further and say they will vote for John McCain. Some dismiss this, others don’t.
Because of recent gaffes, most in the media have are neglecting to realize Clinton’s primary asset is still Bill Clinton. While the Clintons may have underestimated the ability of a challenger to fundraise using the internet, Bill Clinton remembers the coalition he built, and that it is still there. The independents who voted for Ross Perot in the 1992 election turned to Clinton in ’96, after Clinton proved he was more of a moderate than a true liberal. Of course, then he couldn’t keep his peepee in his pants and the world went to hell in a handbasket.
And then there was Florida. (Watch Recount on HBO) Hanging chads, voting machines, Katherine Harris, the Supreme Court, and George W. Bush. And here we are again, this time not an election yet but a nomination; this time not only Florida but Michigan as well, where voters came out in unheard of droves and voted for Hillary Clinton. But they may not be counted. As we have seen clearly in the past few elections, Democrats need Florida in order to capture the presidency. And Florida is just chock full of “independents.” Who voted a Bush into the governor’s office. And recently elected another Republican governor.
“But the Florida voters knew their votes wouldn’t count!” many say. Really? They voted in a primary approved by the legislature and governor of their state. (Again, Republican) Are we really supposed to believe that a record number of primary voters came out in Florida for a primary they knew didn’t count? After agreeing to let the Florida voters revote, Obama said “no,” shunning those same Florida voters.
Yet, because pundits (who keep calling everything wrong) have been blindsided by the sheer fundraising power of the internet in Obama’s favor, many new, inexperienced young Democratic congresspeople are casting their delegate votes for Obama. Some superdelegates are holding off from endorsing or pledging, and wise Democrats had better hope that they’re waiting to see what happens with Florida.