It’s here – February 5, 2008. Super Tuesday. Super Duper Tuesday. Tsunami Tuesday. Whatever you want to call it, it’s as close to a national primary as we’ve ever had in this country, and there’s a decent chance that today will determine the Republican presidential candidate. The Democratic candidate may be determined also, although that’s significantly less likely – the two top candidates earn delegates according to the proportion of the vote they received. Regardless, however, with such a high percentage of states and delegates up for grabs today, the results matter a great deal.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to caucus here in Colorado today, but given that I still haven’t settled on whether I prefer Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama, that’s not necessarily a problem. I spent some time yesterday on both websites and each of the Democratic candidates is wrong about enough things that I don’t like either of them much. Too many details are left out of each candidate’s various proposals that it’s hard to pin either of them down. And I literally cannot make up my mind. Nebulous hope vs. questionable experience isn’t exactly an inspiring choice.
So I won’t be caucusing today. Instead, I’ll be hoping for a strategic change in the race – I hope that one Republican locks up the candidacy and that the two Democrats stay about equal. That way both of them can start focusing some of their energy on a single Republican opponent. That way some of the progressive NGOs can start targeting the Republican candidate. And that way we’ll have a true nominating convention in Denver in August, one where the candidate is not a foregone conclusion.
Not likely, I know, but I can dream, can’t I?