Friday, February 15, 2008

Superdelegates - Will they or won't they?

It is becoming clear that superdelegates will have a tremendous effect on the Democratic nomination for President. What is becoming distressing to a lot of people, including myself, that these party insiders will go against the will of voters and choose a nominee that won't be popularly elected. Barack Obama is currently in the delegate lead and has won more pledged delegates than Senator Clinton. However Sen Clinton knows more insiders and get the nomination.

Florida and Michigan broke the DNC rules and moved their primaries. The DNC stripped their delegates. Now because Sen. Clinton won in Michigan (Which she and Dennis K. were the only ones on the ballot) and Florida. She wants them back into play. I think they should be able to caucus. Senator Clinton thinks its unfair. I don't. The candidates were told not to campaign in these states. If delegates are going to be chosen, it should be chosen after the candidates can campaign and take their message to the voters. Clinton is worried that her support will be eroded away. Of course caucuses won't attract all those voters, but the state parties put themselves in that situation. It is ironic, by moving up their primaries, they still marginalized their state.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Barack Obama MOmentum

It is becoming clear that Obama has the head of steam he needs to take on Hillary in the Texas and Ohio primaries. Clinton has had to loan her own campaign 5 million dollars to keep up. I personally don't like when a candidate uses their own money to run their campaign. Now those who do this will tell you that they like to put their money where their mouth is, but the "contribution" always rings hollow.

Clinton is part of the old guard. Don't be fooled, she is not an agent for change. You can't be part of the establishment for over a third of a century and then turn around and say you are going to change it. Hillary believes that this is owed to her. The Democrats in the past had this mindset that nominations should go to party loyalist and if you were some young whipper snapper, you were to wait your turn.

To all you old school Democrats. With the rise of MoveOn and Democracy for America. The grassroots have taken over this party. No more closed off and unaccountable public officials that on;y are Democrats when it is was time for the party nominations. Bush democrats are getting are beginning to realize that their offices are in jeopardy.

Obama vs. Clinton - A battle for party identity