Here is a graphic of the count so far – plenty of contests left to watch!
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I hear it, I understand the numbers, but it is still hard to believe the Clintons won’t find a way. Their political machine isn’t what it used to be but it is still powerful. The experts are probably right that she can’t win. BUT…if the super delegates did overturn the voice of the people, I can’t imagine the permanent damage that would be done to not only their party but to the whole nation as a result.
Story behind the story: The Clinton myth
By JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN, 3/21/08
One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.
Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates. That means the only way she wins is if Democratic superdelegates are ready to risk a backlash of historic proportions from the party’s most reliable constituency.
Unless Clinton is able to at least win the primary popular vote — which also would take nothing less than an electoral miracle — and use that achievement to pressure superdelegates, she has only one scenario for victory. An African-American opponent and his backers would be told that, even though he won the contest with voters, the prize is going to someone else.
People who think that scenario is even remotely likely are living on another planet.
To encourage a diversity of ideas and opinions, we will guest blog any who would like to present their thoughts on who to vote for in November. As we did with Rorin, we will continue to share ideas from our readers regarding options for the presidential election. The site administrators love the following option by Guest Blogger Cavetrollhead but we will present all other viable alternatives for our readers’ consideration and encourage everyone to make their own personal choice. We also highly recommend the video following the blog. It convincingly answers flip-flopping charges against Mitt Romney.
Guest Blog by Cavetrollhead
IT IS NOT OVER ‘TIL it’s over! And it ain’t over. A brokered convention is in the works.
Representative democracy means the people’s will is reflected. The people ofwere robbed by collusion. The people of Florida were robbed by a lie. Conservatives everywhere were not represented when their votes were split between Huckabee and Romney. Their second choice was not McCain. This is what a brokered convention is for, to honor second choices.
The following blog suggests that you vote for Huckabee to insure a brokered convention. We just need to keep McCain under 50% in delegates. Romney is technically still in the race because he only “suspended” his campaign. That means he keeps his delegates until the convention. That also means a brokered convention is a good possibility.
So if Romney is not a contender in your state, you may want to consider getting out there and voting for Huckabee. If your conservative friends won’t vote for a Mormon, no problem. They can vote Huckabee to insure a brokered convention.
The delegate count goes to ZERO to initiate a brokered convention as delegates are no longer bound. Then one candidate is eliminated at a time until it is down to two contenders.
At any rate I think it is safe to say Huckabee is a better choice than McCain.
embodied the conservatives’ hopes.
Brokered Convention = a discussion about what it means
to be a Republican.
1) Republican Brokered Conventions result in wins!
– 3rd Ballot – Won Presidency
Rutherford Hayes – 7th Ballot – Won Presidency
James Garfield – 36th Ballot – Won Presidency
Warning Harding – 10th Ballot – Won Presidency
– “2nd Ballot” – Won Presidency
2) A Brokered Convention gives conservatives a voice.
A Brokered Convention gives a voice. A
Brokered Convention keeps media attention on the
Republican party for the next 6 months for free! If we
just roll over and go to sleep the media will almost
solely focus on the Democratic contest.
3) McCain has to win 467 more delegates (44% of
remaining delegates) to secure the nomination.
Huckabee needs 639 delegates (57% of remaining
delegates) to force a Brokered Convention.
States and only 26% in Red States. Over 60% of
McCain’s delegates have come from Blue States. Do we
really want our candidate picked by States that we
have very little chance of winning in the Fall?
5) 71% of the remaining delegates are from Red States.
If we unite we can force this to a Brokered
6) During the 10 days leading up to
Mitt asked Huckabee to drop out and for conservatives
to unite behind him. The Golden Rule asks for “you to
do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
For the sake of conservatives please support a
Brokered Convention and encourage your supporters to
back Huckabee. All of the Moderate and Liberal
Republicans that have dropped out have endorsed
McCain. Please gather the courage to rally your
supporters to the conservative cause to push this to a
7) Conservatives Unite! There is still time! Win the
Red States and we go to the convention for a
discussion about what it means to be a Republican.
Hope this brings encouragement and hope. It is not
Spread the word. Feel free to repost this as a Blog
Topic at will.
This article from CNN was difficult to read but important because it underscores the complete dishonesty. Sorry, Governor Huckabee, we already have the word that John McCain’s campaign manager gave the instructions to McCain delegates in West Virginia. We have heard first hand accounts on the radio from people who were delegates regarding the McCain people being pulled into rooms before the final vote and given their instructions. You can’t have it both way, sir.
Huckabee Scores First Super Tuesday Win
February 5, 2008
Romney’s campaign was furious over the “Washington backroom deal.”
“Unfortunately, this is what Sen. McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: He cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Gov. Romney’s campaign of conservative change,” read a statement from Romney campaign manager Beth Myers.
Huckabee chuckled at the remark.
“I thought he was saying yesterday, ‘No whining.’ So is it no whining or whining? He can’t even keep a straight answer on the ‘whining or no whining’ question,” Huckabee said.
“There was no backroom deal,” he added. “There wasn’t even a front room deal. There was no deal.”
Front-runners McCain and Romney have engaged in bitter exchanges over their conservative records in recent weeks.