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Turn out the lights, the party's over?Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 3:06 PM
"Dandy" Don Meredith uttered this phrase (well, he actually sang it) most of the time when he was covering Monday Night Football games for ABC.
I don't actually remember hearing it, but my father loved singing it when sports teams were about to lose.
I couldn't help but find myself humming the tune Wednesday morning.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have been engaged in arguably one of the greatest political battles in generations.
But on Tuesday, the battle got a little less muddy.
Sure, Clinton won Indiana by two points. But there was speculation that she would win by much more than that.
For example, Clinton demolished Obama in Clay County. By 33 percent. Those numbers were incredible.
After all, she has had one of Indiana's favorite son, Evan Bayh, in her corner.
However, the results from Indiana paled in comparison when seeing what happened in North Carolina.
Obama crushed Clinton by 14 points in the southern state.
Does this mean the race for the Democratic nomination is over?
Not if Clinton has anything to say about it.
In fact, she pledged to continue the battle Wednesday afternoon, saying she would not bow out until a nominee was named.
"I'm staying in this race until there's a nominee and obviously I am going to work as hard as I can to become that nominee," she told reporters at a news conference in West Virginia Wednesday.
Some writers are calling her "tenacious." Others are admiring her for her courage.
I can't help but wonder what will come of this.
It's exciting, having two very capable candidates competing against each other for the Democratic nomination.
But one has to wonder, what is going to come of this.
Currently, Obama is 184.5 delegates shy of capturing the number of 2,025 needed to secure the nomination. He also has the popular vote in his pocket at the moment.
Obama has won more states.
But Wednesday, Clinton stated she believed the delegate total should be pushed to 2,209 or more, a total that would include delegates from Michigan and Florida.
For quite some time, the Clinton campaign has argued the delegates in Michigan and Florida should count. She won both states when they conducted primaries. However, prior to the primary season, the Democratic National Committee punished those states for moving their primaries ahead of party rules.
Still, the Clinton camp believes they should be counted.
Why? Before the Iowa caucus, all Democratic nominees agreed not to campaign in either states. Obama's name, for that matter, wasn't even on the Michigan ballot.
So why should those delegates count?
Because then the stakes change.
It benefits only one person.
And that person is the candidate who has been trailing for close to two months.
If the delegates do end up counting, they should be split evenly between the two. Both Michigan and Florida broke party rules and were punished for doing so.
Prior to the beginning of the caucus season, all Democratic candidates agreed that was fine.
I don't know about you, but I've played games before too. I don't remember ever playing a game, however, where the rules were changed midway through the game.
It doesn't work that way.
Turn out the lights, the party's over ...