Process…Posted: April 22, 2008
I’m really disappointed by this argument by Bill Clinton:
[F]ormer President Bill Clinton argued that if Democratic candidates were awarded delegates the same way as Republicans, his wife would be beating Barack Obama in the race for the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination.
“If we were under the Republican system, which is more like the Electoral College, she’d have a 300 delegate lead here,” Clinton told the Washington Post. “I mean, Senator McCain is already the nominee because they chose a system to produce that result, and we don’t have a nominee here, because the Democrats chose a system that prevents that result.”
Many states in the Republican primary race award delegates on a winner-take-all basis, whereas every state on the Democratic side uses a proportional system.
To me one of the few goodthings about this whole primary season is the proportional way in which the Democratic Party’s rules allot delegates. Proportional allotment of delegates better expresses the will of the voters than a winner take all system. In close election like this one, where voters like both candidates, there aren’t going to be one sort of “big wins” where someone walks away with a large swath of delegates. And that’s a good thing! Because it represents the really, honest divisions in the party.
It easy to forget this if you spend all day watching the horrid shit thrown back and forth between the campaigns, but most Democrats like both Obama and Clinton and the party is really divided between two good candidates. And thus the proportional allotment system used by most states is reflecting that.
And I know it sucks when the process does gives us the outcome we want (which is easy for me to say right now as an Obama supporter) but really, the Democrat’s process is much more democratic than the Republicans. It better reflects the opinions of the voters. Democracy is not always going to give us the result we want but it’s much better to have a process than as closely as possibly reflects the views of the voters. That’s what makes a democracy work.
I’m pretty sure that when the dust settles, the Democratic Party is going to be changing its rules. No matter who wills. I just hope that they don’t get rid of the proportional elements of the process.
Now that’s not to say that they shouldn’t get rid of (or limit) the super-delegates.