"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have"
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Monday, February 11, 2008

Could The Democrats Defect From Principle

The Democrats are the self proclaimed "party of the people", yet they could possibly defect from the people's wishes at the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this year.

If the convention was held today Barack Obama would be the choice of the majority of pledged delegates. Obama leads by 73 pledged delegates, excluding Florida and Michigan which are supposed to be stripped of their delegates, but he is behind when including super delegates or Florida and Michigan delegates thrown in the mix.

Super delegates are party leaders, ex-presidents such as Bill Clinton, congressional members, etc. Hillary leads in the super delegate category, therefore she leads the overall delegate count.

Super delegates are obviously not following the wishes of the electorate.

The question for the party of the people, if this current delegate situation continues through to the convention will they allow super delegates to depart from the wishes of the people thereby defecting from their principles? That would be a sad day for democracy.

Also, will they give special consideration to the Florida and Michigan delegates in order to put Hillary over the top in the delegate count?

A lot of questions exist and it will be fun to watch.

One thing is for sure, the Democrats did not expect this type and length of battle for the nomination, therefore they are raising and spending precious resources that a portion could otherwise be used in the general election against the Republicans.

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