Yes. I’m not sure we will fix future primary seasons otherwise. It will also be good to get the Superdelegates on the record giving the nomination to the person who received fewer votes, which is really why they are all calling for Hillary to drop out. But going to Denver gives us time to evaluate why the person who received more popular votes got so many fewer pledged delegates. Here’s some clues.
Clinton’s lead is from 34.5 million voters (97%) in Primaries. Obama’s lead is from 1.1 million voters (3%) in caucuses….
…In the 37 primaries, Hillary Clinton is up 500,000 votes (counting Florida and Michigan and giving Barack Obama 75% of the votes of Michigan’s uncommitted delegates.) This give her a 67 delegate lead in the primaries. In the 13 caucus states, Obama is up 300,000 votes which has resulted in a 205 delegate lead.
Second, there were four states that had both primaries and caucuses. In every single case, the caucus results were dramatically different than the primary results. In each case, more people participated in the primaries than the caucuses. Texas had the primary and the caucus on the same day and showed the same differing results so its hard to argue that the no one was paying attention to the primaries (though that is self evident since more people participated in the primaries). You don’t have to rely on anecdotal evidence (which is plenty if you’ve ever participated in a caucus or driven through a strip mall where hundreds are working during the alloted caucus time) to realize that caucuses are nonrepresentative. The data speak for itself.
That doesn’t mean, that “the rules” don’t allow for Obama to get the nomination. They do. But “the rules” are so bad that they need to be revisited. Without an honest discussion of the process it will not be fixed for next time. Without superdelegates and future DNC “the rules” writers forced to grapple with the problems of our fundamentally flawed system, and be forced to legitimize these flawed rules, it will not be fixed. From my perspective, the damage to the party is going to be much more severe than people think. Ironically, it will be the GOP who are going to come and point out all these flaws and the people pushing “party unity” are only going to aid the GOP if they ignore these very real problems.