Stupid "majority of the pledged delegates" metric
As the embroiderers affix the last gilt rosettes, ermine trimmings, and trappings of power to the train that Obama will wear for his "subtle" coronation tonight, it's worth taking a moment to reflect that the ostensible metric for tonight's entertainment really is completely, 100% content-free, at least from the standpoint of Teh Rulez. Mario Cuomo [PDF] explained on Face the Nation:
SCHIEFFER: ...it would be wise to announce that? Let's say that Senator Obama's going to get
the nomination. It seems highly unlikely that he won't at this point. Do you think he ought to
announce that now?
Gov. CUOMO: No.
SCHIEFFER: So that will be something people can talk about before the convention?
Gov. CUOMO: No, no.
SCHIEFFER: Or wait until then?
Gov. CUOMO: It's premature now. It would be unfair to Hillary Clinton and unfair to the process. Look, the whole process has been butchered, let's be honest. [Thanks Donna!] And you have to save this argument for another day. But the Democratic process has been very, very flawed. In its design, it's supposed to go through to the end to a convention, and at the convention is the only place where the votes count. Most people don't understand that all the counts that have already been-- all the contests that have already been held did not produce votes. They produced pledges, which probably would be lived up to at the convention.
Gee, we're sorry the press is b-o-o-o-o-r-e-d. We're sorry that Obama just can't wait to crown himself, and, Bless His Heart, why shouldn't he? But them's Teh Rulez.
Gov. CUOMO: But by its design--and all the superdelegates, they should have been waiting to be the last clear chance. It hasn't worked that way. MR SUBLIMINAL Two states disenfranhised. Obama's money Anyway, let the project--let the process finish.
SCHIEFFER: All right.
Gov. CUOMO: Go through the primaries, then start talking about a vice president. But do it as
early as you can.
I'm sure that bringiton, who has turned into our subject matter expert on this issue, could give a lot more detail. But that's what Cuomo, Democratic loyalist and old-timer, thinks. The opera ain't over 'til the fat singer sings.... ;-)
Read the whole FTN transcript.
Cuomo makes the useful point that at the end of the day, both Hillary and Obama are stone professionals. The personalia are not going to matter, and they will both do what needs to be done. The supporters and fans, however, will be a different matter.