President Barack Obama is pretty sure to officially clinch the Democratic nomination for President following this week’s primaries. Under their rules, he must win 2778 delegates, and thus far he has won virtually all of the delegates that have been selected, which probably doesn’t come as much of a shock.
This is obviously much different than in 2008, where he and Hillary Clinton fought a long, unyielding battle for convention delegates that lasted until June, although it was a foregone conclusion for individuals with the ability to perform basic math that he would win the nomination after February. Luckily that year for a media which enjoy horse race stories, very few Americans seem to have this skill.
There have been a few states where Obama was not the unanimous victor. In Alabama, nearly 20% of Democrats voted ‘uncommitted’ in last month’s primary, so there will be 8 delegates who will not be required to cast votes for the President. In Oklahoma, Randall Terry secured 18% of the votes in that primary. The Sooner Democratic leadership is challenging his ability to compete, claiming that he is not a bona fide Democrat.
A couple of points about the Oklahoma case should be made. First, what exactly is a bona fide Democrat? Heck, in the state where I reside, I think people have a window of about a month every two years to change party registration (as I’m writing, Mrs. Arriba disputes this), and the state doesn’t bother reminding voters that the window is open. So, this state has about 60% of voters registered Democratic, but nobody believes Obama will win the November election in Louisiana, not unless he changes his name to Landrieu.
Second, Randall Terry may be the poster child for lack of congruity between the morality he espouses and that which he is alleged to have engaged in himself. His main claim to fame is that he founded Operation Rescue. He first became a political activist in upstate New York working for pro-family causes. There were a number of women who worked closely with him, allegedly very closely. After rumors had run rampant in that region for years about that, his church first censured him and then removed him from its membership rolls. He divorced his first wife; when he converted to Catholicism he decided that that marriage wasn’t valid since it wasn’t a valid sacrament. However, he won 2 delegates in Oklahoma’s primary, so they can hang out with the 8 from Alabama.
So, four years ago, when the nomination was finally clinched, Democrats were either dancing in the streets or crying in their Chablis. This Tuesday, few of them will even know that their candidate contest is over, or that it ever began.