So this is what history feels like.
Last night, within the greatly esteemed comments section of the Burgh Report:
The Democratic Party and Allegheny County Democratic leaders overwhelmingly support Senator Clinton. She is the best choice to defeat the Republicans and unite the Democratic Party. The Governor is right when he calls on all Pennsylvanians to unite and support the real change that we need. Senator Clinton, the one candidate with real experience. The Republicans and Republicrats want division so they can defeat the REAL DEMOCRATS. Too many of you, seem to be buying it.
A distinctly local pitch, with a distinctly local flavor.
Ladies and gentlemen, it has begun. The race for the White House is coming through Allegheny County.
Finally, after all these years -- and how!
1. To the extent that we are all Democrats (and let's face it, we pretty much are), let us remember that we are all Democrats.
As we go about like rabid monkeys fighting on behalf of our chosen candidates -- John McIntire has taken to calling them the White Chick and the Black Dude -- let us not score points against each other with bogus stunts, mean accusations, and rank dishonesty.
There are Republicans afoot -- postmodern, fundamentalist, exploitative Republicans. John McCain is a seductively sympathetic figure, who will have no easy time keeping the real fungus-heads at bay.
Let the 2 Political Junkies show us the way. Dayvoe is already on board with the next president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Meanwhile, Maria seems presently to be bent on some kind of ill-fated, freakish Hillary Clinton jag.
Yet eventually, the two of them could settle this for us once and for all.
2. If here at home in our queerly isolated, heavily Democratic and newly wired Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- if there comes any massive "tipping-point" on our part in favor of one candidate or the other -- it could well be determinative of a relatively lopsided statewide margin -- which could very well decide the race for the nomination instantly -- concession speech, victory party and all. No superdelegates, no brokered convention, no planet Earth wobbling on its axis.
(At least that's true for one of the candidates. It's good to have the lead going in!)
3. Notwithstanding realdems's comment above, the soul of the local Democratic party machine is very much up-for-grabs. The ballgame is only in its third inning.
3a.This is not to make any statement as to its importance!
Indeed, a strong local party endorsement in one direction or another could easy backfire upon both the party and the candidate -- if not in the short-term, then definitely in the long run. The wisest course of action may be to let the chips fall where they may -- allowing the A.C.D.C. et cetera as such sit it out, and enjoy the ride.
To those ends, Jimmy B is sounding just the right notes.
If it turns out that individuals within the party establishment break in large numbers towards Clinton or Obama -- that will be an interesting thing to learn. But no cause for inquisitions and pogroms! Let's not give Jim Roddey (R-vs. Mistick) the satisfaction.
Let's leave Ed Rendell to his karma.
4. Super Delegates, if called into service, should absolutely vote for the candidate that they believe will make the best and the strongest nominee -- that they personally believe to be so.
If that involves going into a big room and discussing it -- perhaps a "convention" -- so be it. If there are some small "back rooms" at said convention -- and if those rooms happen to be "smoke filled" -- so be it.
When the party is narrowly divided, that is what we do. We should not dismiss the rulebook and our traditions so cavalierly.
Super Delegates should be made to think and to pray hard. They should draw upon their unique experiences, and vote their unique consciences.
We should all know by now that DEMOCRACY -- always and at all times in its purest and most haphazard forms -- is not always such a good thing!