40 years later – why not a floor fight?

Posted on February 24, 2008


Something I haven’t had the time to understand is why everyone seems to think that the floor fight at the Democratic National Convention of 1968 was so bad. I heard tonight an interview of the Governor of Michigan (and superdelegate) who said that everyone wanted the candidate decided before the convention in Denver – Obama, Clinton, and all the party big-wigs.

So, someone care to enlighten me why having a messy but democratic fight for delegates is worse than having a coronation, especially if the superdelegates end up in a position to overturn the popular vote? It makes no sense to me.

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