Friday, May 16, 2008

Clarifications

1. John Edwards is not a superdelegate. He is, however, the only candidate in the current Democratic Party primary besides Clinton and Obama that won any pledged delegates, a total somewhere between 11 and 26. He was also popular with some labor unions, at least one of which (Steelworkers) has switched its endorsement to Obama.

2. The popular vote totals of the Democratic Party primaries do not include the results of many of the 15 caucuses. That's why apportioned delegates is the measure for nomination. In Clinton's claims, they also include Michigan (where she was the only candidate who did not remove her name from the ballot) and Florida -- two primaries in which many voters did not participate, since the Democratic National Committee ruled that they would not count.

3. In West Virginia, Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Bill behind her, exploited fear and blatant racism to win by a large margin over Barack Hussein Obama. It is likely that a large portion of those voters would continue to vote against change in the general election, and thus Clinton would not do much better than Obama against the white male John Sidney McCain III.