After Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is ahead by 15 delegates. She has more “Superdelegates” which could go either way. They are leaders in the Democratic Party who have pledged to support Clinton. They are not required to by rules, but by political expediency.
I would say that Obama proved he has voter appeal across the nation. I think he put to rest the fear that his race makes him unelectable. He carried thirteen states and brought out an enormous amount of new primary voters, especially younger voters. It will be interesting to see if Obama’s good showing will mean increased support in upcoming states, especially Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It will also be interesting to see if the Clinton campaign is successful in their bid to get delegates from Michigan and Florida seated at the convention.
If you haven’t been following that story, Florida and Michigan bumped their primaries up to January against the will of the Democratic National Party. In return, they were told their delegates would not be seated and ALL the candidates promised not to do any primary campaigning in those states. They were also asked to remove their names from the ballot, which all the democratic candidates except Hillary Clinton did. So when voters went to the polls, the only name on the ballot was hers. The only other choice was “undeclared.”
Now Hillary is saying she won Florida and Michigan. She has quietly begun working to get the delegates seated at the convention. She is acting as though “her Michigan and Florida delegates” haven’t been counted because of some clerical error or election delay. She is playing the system in a big way, including staying on the plane until the Florida polls closed so she wouldn’t technically be breaking her word then holding a “victory” rally there.
I very much believe that Clinton is showing her style and showing us what kind of president she will be. She will manipulate the rules and be dishonorable in order to “win.” She will rely on technicalities rather than integrity. She will, as has her predecessor, declare “victory” when nothing has been won. It’s more of the same. Is this what we want?