Clinton & Obama, The Saga Continues
Posted by Warren Peterson on March 6, 2008
According to Real Clear Politics, including pledged Super Delegates, Clinton trails Obama by 109 delegates as of Super Tuesday II. But at 1,573 delegates for Obama and 1,464 for Clinton, neither candidate is close to the magic 2,025 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. Twelve states plus Guam and Puerto Rico with 611 delegates loom ahead. Still up in the air is the status of Michigan and Florida, both of which were stripped of their delegates by the Democratic National Committee for violating party rules by holding early primaries. Add into this brew about 350 Super Delegates who may not have committed to either candidate yet. Then a dash of the unexpected and this contest could go all the way to the convention in Denver next August.
If it comes down to just a handful of delegates separating Clinton and Obama, the horse-trading, promises, threats and outright bribes will all be in play. Promises of ambassadorships, federal jobs, threats to reveal some embarrassing information, stays in the Lincoln bedroom, maybe even cash or equivalents, whatever it takes to nail down that 2,025th vote.
Yes, I know, it is unfair to impugn the ethics of any delegate without proof but remember it is the presidency and the Clinton legacy at stake. Nor is it fair to speculate that the Obama camp would not engage in such activity too but if one were to guess which candidate would, well, the Clintons seem a safe bet.