Re: Florida and Michigan
I hate watching teams play prevent defense in football, and it's an even more dispiriting spectacle in politics.
Here's what Obama should have done re: Florida and Michigan: Issue a game-ending, headline-grabbing, high-road-capturing and noble challenge to HRC that is D/democratic with both capital and lower case "D"s. Each campaign pays half the cost for June 3rd votes in Florida and Michigan, on the condition that both HRC and BHO abide by the following promise: If one candidate is ahead in both the combined popular vote AND the pledged delegate count, based on the combined results across all primaries and caucuses at the end of the primary season, the candidate who is behind on both fronts agrees to immediately drop out of the race, sparing the Democratic party further damage and recognizing the supremacy of the will of the voter across ALL states.
If HRC declines this offer she's toast; Obama has called her bluff, taken the high road, and she doesn't care about the will of the voter after all. If she accepts, Obama has take a chance, but comes across as a bold leader and a role model in championing democracy and a fair resolution to this contest. As an added bonus, the Wright (Rev., not Bob) controversy instantly becomes stale old news, compared to this amazing turn of events.
If Obama can't hold his lead, given this positive, bold move that will result in all sorts of praise from press and punditocracy, he doesn't deserve to prevail.
I know; I'm dreaming.