Friday, May 02, 2008

Obama in the Tacky, Tacky Driver's Seat

When Michigan held its Democratic primary on January 15 of this year, Barack Obama did not appear on the ballot. After Michigan breached party protocol when it moved its primary ahead in the season, Obama (along with Richardson, Biden, and Edwards) removed his name from the ballot. Although Clinton, Dodd, Kucinich, and Gravel appeared on the January 15 ballot, 40.1% of Michigan Democrats voting in this voided primary preferred someone else, voting for Uncommitted.

If you accept the tortured popular vote math offered these days by the Clinton campaign – math that requires you to add count the votes from both Florida and Michigan (without adding any portion of Uncommitted to Obama) – Clinton leads in the popular vote. If you don't engage in this intelligence insulting exercise, Obama leads by every meaningful metric.

Of course, Obama's insurmountable lead doesn't sell ads for news outlets. And it won't stop ABC from creating a photo illustration with Obama losing to Hillary in an effete half-purple, half-pink Indy car:

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