It’s now official!
While everybody’s been focusing on the Republican primary for president – you remember, that crazy carnival of clowns starring Donald Trump, Michele Bachman, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum – and, of course, Mitt Romney…who still, going into today’s five state primaries, has won only 697 delegates – far short of the 1144 delegates necessary to secure the nomination…
While all that’s been going on, President Barack Obama, with no primary opposition, has been coasting to victory.
And today, April 24 – strike up the band! – he will lock up the Democratic nomination with over 2778 delegates. Surprise, surprise. Barack Obama will be the Democratic candidate for president in 2012.
What a contrast with four years ago, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were locked in a marathon primary contest that threatened to go all the way to the Denver convention – and might even be decided by super delegates.
This time, it’s the Democratic Party that’s united behind Obama. And the Republican Party that’s still divided about Romney – and may not even unite behind him after Tampa, once he’s the official nominee.
True, the Democratic primary may not have been as colorful. But it makes Obama a much stronger candidate.
That’s my parting shot for today.