So finally I live in liberal Vermont instead of the conservative Midwest during what is arguably the most exciting political season of the century. You’d think I’d be happy living in a place where at last I fit in. But no, in fact I am irritable. Because now I live in a place where my liberal street creds are constantly in question. Turns out I liked being the most liberal person in the room. Pretty soon I will be the only person in the room, because I am starting to get mad.
Why is this? Well, gosh, anybody who still supports Hillary is a racist who can’t even add.
She can’t possibly get enough of the pledged delegates to win, my panting Democratic cousins all scream, so she should drop out for the good of the party. You betcha, let the little lady step aside for the big strong man.
But here’s the dirty little secret…the math doesn’t work for him either. They need 2024 to win and that number is mathematically impossible for both of them without the super delegates.
Now the super delegates can vote however they want which is why Ted Kennedy can support Obama even though he is from Massachusetts which went decidedly for Hillary. They can choose based on personal preference, how their state voted, who has won a majority of contests, who has won more of the electoral swing states, or who has the prettiest smile. Golly gee whiz Beaver those are the legal rules.
And, oh, yes of course, there is some secret white establishment in the party that doesn’t want a black man to be president. Of course there is. It can’t be that a whole bunch of us, all of the big states and all of the electoral swing states as well, actually like Hillary better. Nah, we are racists. Must be.
We have heard this argument before. It sounds remarkably like the one that goes anybody who opposes the war is unpatriotic. Worked for Cheney and Bush why not the Obama elitists?
Remember all the screaming when Gore won the popular vote and Bush won the presidency? Gosh golly what if Hills wins the popular vote? Count Michigan and Florida and she surely will. But nooooo, they whine. That’s against the rules.
The only teensy little problem here, rather small, actually tiny and hardly worth mentioning really, is those rules violate federal voting law which says every American’s vote must count. Remember the caterwauling when urban African Americans weren’t getting their votes counted in Gore v Bush? Well, please consider the resulting lawsuits from all of the civil rights violations if the party in its infinite wisdom tries to disenfranchise Michigan and Florida. It ain’t possible folks. There is the rule of law.
Not to mention we need those states to defeat McCain.
So, here’s a secret. I am a Hillary supporter. I am not a racist. I like Senator Obama just fine. I just like Hillary better. And the rules and the math are there for everybody. They both need the super delegates to win. So why don’t we let the rest of the American Democrats vote including those supers? And may God grant us all the wisdom to accept those just votes with grace, maybe some charity, and a whole heaping load of mercy.
This silly party needs to behave better or we don’t deserve the White House.