Bad things come in threes

Post of the day, 2008 U.S. Democratic Presidential Primary division: nothing that I feel like linking to. I'll ramble a bit, though. As you may have heard, on Tuesday Sen. Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia Democratic primary with an impressive 239,187 votes or 66.99% of the total vote. Only 91,663 people, or 25.67%, voted for Sen. Barack Obama. Because of this, Sen. Clinton picked up twenty pledged delegates, to Sen. Obama's 8, a gain of twelve for her. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week a total of thirteen super-delegates endorsed Barack Obama, plus two people who would be Michigan super-delegates but aren't being included right now because Michigan's delegates are not at this time being seated. One superdelegate endorsed Hillary Clinton. This means they each gained thirteen delegates over the time period Tuesday-Thursday, or in other words Obama pulled further into the lead since the difference between them remained the same while the delegates available to make up that difference lessened. And now you know the rest of the story.

Post of the day, 2008 U.S. Presidential General Election division. Hendrik Hertzbeg explains why, contra Noam Scheiber, McCain's unmoderated debate proposal is good for Obama. Neither of them mention that it will also do some damage to the curent pernicious grip on power by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and maybe, to get insanely idealistic for a minute, set a precedent in favor of substantive debates between candidates.

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