June 3rd, 2008


Today's the Day...Sort Of

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.

Sort of.

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.

And Here We Are

I know it feels like just another Tuesday night. And I know politics drives most everyone crazy, especially after such an unusually protracted primary process.

But take a step back.

Take a breath.

Tonight, history was made, and we were all witness to it. There will be whole chapters in history books about this, and you can say you were there.

Tonight, in a country where race relations have been our secret shame, a country whose treatment of non-whites is its original sin, tonight in the United States of America, an African-American man received the nomination from a major political party for the presidency.

Take a moment to think about the fact that he is also leading his Republican opponent, a white man, in most national polls. Take a moment to think about the fact that he's widely expected to win in the fall.

A black man.

President of the United States.

This is living history, and you are there.