|Today's the Day...Sort Of
||[Jun. 3rd, 2008|12:42 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
It's been a longer, harder slog than anyone could have imagined -- with an underdog becoming frontrunner almost right out of the gate, and the originally all-but-anointed candidate trailing in second place -- but with today's primaries in Montana and South Dakota, every state (plus Washington, DC, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) will have had a chance to vote, and the race for the Democratic nomination finally comes to an end.
Even after tonight's results, neither Sen. Obama nor Sen. Clinton will have enough actual delegates to claim the nomination. You can bet the Democratic National Committee is thanking its lucky stars for the existence of superdelegates, who will push one or the other over the top. This is going to be very interesting to watch. (Personally, I thought the idea of superdelegates was silly and hoped they wouldn't be necessary, but that isn't how it turned out.)
Also, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the Democrats switch next time from their current primary method of divvying up state delegates to the Republican system of winner-takes-all, in order to ensure this kind of bitter, extended battle for the nomination doesn't happen again.
And don't be surprised if you see tons of states moving their primary dates up as early as the first week of January now that they know the DNC's threat to strip them of delegates if they do so is an empty one.