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A Democrat Dilemma

April 1, 2008 - Bill Speer
With the next presidential primary still weeks away in Pennsylvania, both Hillary and Obama continue their jabs, punches and counter-punches much like two seasoned boxers.

As the two weave and spin, Michigan and Florida Democrats wait on the sidelines waiting to see how the great Wizard of Oz - in this instance the Democratic National Committee - is going to deal with their delegate numbers. As far as the yellow brick road to the party's convention in Denver goes, Michigan and Florida faithful consider it nothing but a pothole-laden route that forever is under construction.

And the way things look, many delegates and party members are wondering just how much of an impact they're going to have anyway. It looks the way things are shaping up neither candidate will have the needed number of votes necessary for the nomination and thus, it will be the super-delegates ultimately choosing the next candidate.

While this year's Democratic primary makes for great stories and interest, that momentum could be lost if voters think in the end it will be the super-delegates with all the influence at the convention. If that's the way it's going to be, many are going to wonder why did voters go through the primary process at all?

Worse from a Democratic perspective, if all this continues to drag on into the summer to the convention without a clear-cut choice and both candidates continue their spars back and forth, it gives the GOP that much more of an edge in campaigning.

As a political pundit I have enjoyed this year's primaries more so than ever before.

However, if I was a DNC member right now I'm not sure "enjoy" would be a word choice I would select. Suddenly this dilemma is looking a lot more like a nightmare.


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