Althouse: "Democratic superdelegates may have the legal right to thwart the will of Democratic primary voters and caucus goers..."

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Althouse: "Democratic superdelegates may have the legal right to thwart the will of Democratic primary voters and caucus goers..."

... and in a comment, she neatly summarizes this whole campaign:

It's very long, mostly an expression of passion and anger, but his point is that he likes a democratic approach and equates it with morality without making any real argument.

9 comments:

Bob Andersen said...

Obama will bring a future to be respected by all life.

ambisinistral said...

The super delegate situation is pretty entertaining to watch. I actually didn't mind the old days of smoke-filled room and conventions where the floor votes could be dramatic.

Nor do I think it is necessarily a bad mechanism for a party to weight the influence of the muckity-mucks running the show against the rank-and-file.

As for the folks claiming they're going to quit the party if they lose a close nomination -- I wonder if they're going to move to Canada too?

kerin said...

Hillary is the right and best person to be President!..and everybody knows it! Please make the right choice! USA and the world needs her!

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Democracy is a funny thing. In our republic, it means that we the people choose our leaders, more or less. It doesn't mean that we are the leaders. It doesn't mean we are all equal. We're not. Like it or not, Jack Nicholson's endorsement of a candidate is worth a lot more than mine. I am not equal to Jack Nicholson in political power. Like it or not, Dennis the Peasant's political opinion is not influential as Roger Simon's. The reality of life is that we aren't all equal, but there is something in our nature that makes us think that we should be. But we could never be.

Nick said...

Barack is the right and best person to be President!..and everybody knows it! Please make the right choice! USA and the world needs him!

See, I can do it too.

Barry Dauphin said...

MHA,

Or as Tocqueville said: “When inequality is the general rule in a society, the greatest inequalities attract no attention. When everything is more or less level, the slightest variation is noticed. Hence the more equal they become the more insatiable will be their longing for equality.

“Among democratic peoples men easily obtain a certain equality, but they will never get the sort of equality they long for. That is the equality which ever retreats from them without getting quite out of sight and as it retreats beckons them on to pursue. Every instant they think they will catch it and each time it slips through their fingers. They see it close enough to know its charms but they do not get near enough to enjoy it and they will be dead before they fully relish its delights.

“That is the reason for the strong melancholy often haunting inhabitants of democracies in the midst of abundance and of that disgust with life sometimes gripping them in calm and easy circumstances. Men hold onto equality not because it is precious to them but because they think it will last forever.”

I quoted Tocqueville for my book (now only $17.48 at Amazon!!!). He was there first.

Skookumchuk said...

Barry:

Bought. Just like that.

Ain't the internet grand?

Barry Dauphin said...

skook,

Great, you are a gentleman and a scholar!

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Barry,

Thanks for the great quote. I couldn't write like that if I wanted to. But I feel confirmed in my basic sentiment. :-)