May 6th, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Why can’t Democrats make up their minds?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's something that might surprise you: After a 16-month, often bruising fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, most Democrats aren't eager for either candidate to drop out of the race. After all the contests and debates, speeches and TV commercials, fliers and phone calls, the Democrats want the suffering to continue.

A new USA Today-Gallup poll finds 60% of Democrats say Clinton and Obama should keep campaigning. Of those who want a speedier resolution, 23% say Clinton should give it up and only 15% say Obama should drop out.

There had been calls for Clinton to get out of the race a while back, but they've quieted down some since her strong performances in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It's looking increasingly unlikely the party will have a nominee until the uncommitted superdelegates weigh in.

This poll also shows most Democrats think the superdelegates should commit to a candidate by the end of June, which is what the party chairman Howard Dean is calling for. Only about a quarter say the superdelegates should be able to decide at the party's convention in August.

All this seems to suggest Democrats aren't too worried about the Clinton-Obama contest tearing the party apart. Instead, there seems to be a willingness to allow the rest of the voters to have their say.

Here’s my question to you: Why can't the Democrats make up their minds?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jim from British Columbia writes:
They are making up their minds. When the votes are counted, the results will be clear: 52% for Obama and 48% for Clinton. So the Supreme Court will be called in and Clinton will be declared the winner, since she reflects the true Bush values more than McCain does.

Sarah from Indiana writes:
Oh dear, the choice one has to make. Sen. Clinton could be the least pleasant candidate, but is highly qualified for the job. But wait, the media hates her and there is that un-hip husband of hers. Sen. Obama is hopelessly unqualified for the job, but damn, the man can deliver a speech. But wait, there’s that whole elitist attitude, then calling his own granny a "typical white woman". And he sat listening to Rev. Wright for 20 years (can you say serious lack of judgment?), but the media loves him and if I don’t vote for him, I get labeled a racist. Oh Jack, what is a Democrat with common sense and a brain to do?

K. writes:
Isn't that what they’re doing?

David from California writes:
Democrats tend to be like herding cats. We like to think for ourselves and don't go in lockstep with what the national party tells us. Hillary and Obama argue and fight with each other and it makes for great theater. I want it to go all the way to the convention.

Mike from New Orleans writes:
Democratic voters have made up their minds: half are for Clinton, half are for Obama. It is the Democratic National Committee that has to make up its mind how it is going to fix the colossal mistake it made with regard to counting Florida and Michigan. If the Democrats lose in the fall, they can thank Howard Dean's DNC for their self-inflicted failure.

Anthony from Webster, Wisconsin writes:
Jack! It's like asking a 6-year-old to choose his favorite M&M.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Democratic Race • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Terry from North Carolina

    We have a women and an African American, why do you think the democrats cant make up their minds ? Whether either of the two can beat John McCain in November is questionable. I believe the democrats want the most electable canidate and they are taking as much time as needed to make this choice.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  2. mark

    The only reason the Democrats can't make up their mind is because HIllary can not let go of her dream to be the first woman president. She has proven she is willing to deny the reality of the inevitable in hopes of a fatal stumble by Obama. So just like Huckabee, she has stayed in the race too long, under the justification that its good for the party....

    But it obviously has hurt the party. She has put her own ambition over the good of the party's chances of winning the election in November.. But she will deny that too.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  3. Paula in Albuquerque

    About what?

    May 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  4. sarah, Indiana

    oh dear the choice one has to make. sen. clinton who could be the least pleasant candidate, but is highly qualified for the job. but wait the media hates her and there is that unhip husband of hers. sen. obama is hopelessly unqualified for the job, but damn, the man can deliver a speech. but wait theres that whole elitist attitutude, then calling his own granny a "typical white woman", and he sat listening to rev. wright for 20 yrs (can you say serious lack of judgement?), but the media loves him and if i dont vote for him i get labelled a racist. oh jack what is a democrat with common sense and a brain to do?

    May 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Carol c.

    You know, Jack, if people don't know who they are going to vote for now, they should just stay home! Enough is enough. This race should have been over 4 months ago and would have had the candidates been reversed.

    I want to think the American people are smarter than to believe all the antics Hillary has pulled in this campaign. Hopefully they are just pulling the legs of the pollsters and know who they are going to vote for.

    Knoxville, TN

    May 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Autney

    Jack ,America will make up its mind when cnn and the bias press decides that this campign is over. If two persons is running a race and one simply can't win what is the point? I might be wrong but i don't think in a democracy any superdeligate will overturn the will of the people. That simply can't happen ,so what is the point of Hillery continueing this campign. It is a waist of time and i it think she and the bias press should be honest and let us move to the national election .Enough with this convincing superdeligate, white working class vote, arguement.Cnn continue to push to continue this process just to keep its rarings going ,enough is enough.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  7. Krispy Critter

    Isn't that what their doing?

    May 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  8. Mary Connecticut

    We DID make up our minds, it's the DNC and media who keeps trying to change us all into Obama-crazed groupies, that's the problem...

    May 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  9. George

    Because they are of many beliefs, and backgrounds who don't just line up , and march in lockstep like hogs being led to slaughter to vote. They hash it out, and eventually will unify behind the candidate in the General Election. When I think of Democrats I think of many things, but when I think about Republicans only one thing comes to mind MONEY !!!

    May 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  10. Jim from British Columbia

    They are making up their minds.

    When the votes are counted, the results will be clear: 52% for Obama and 48% for Clinton.

    So the Supreme Court will be called in and Clinton will be declared the winner, since she reflects the true Bush values more than McCain does.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Gayle Jacksonville, Illinois

    Democrats can't make up their mind because neither of these two candidates are are what they want to vote for. One is a woman and as the saying goes." a womans place is in the kitchen". The other, an African-American, (a fine one at that), some people,but definately not all,can't vote for a black guy.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  12. ajks

    Part of the indecision might be helped along by the Republicans voting during the Democratic primaries in order to have the weaker candidate (Hillary) on the ballot against McCain.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  13. Eileen at Lagnua Beach CA

    The Hillary voters in OH, PN and IN inclulde large numbers of Republicans who will not vote for her in November. The are intentionally mucking around to prolong the agony.
    Meanwhile, she continues pandering to a group of Regan Democrats who claim "race" is a factor in their selection of HRC over Obama.
    It her strategy to change the rules and plot an endgame with two rogue states being seated.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  14. Ron Erlangen Germany

    We must be the most shamefull people on the planet. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Indecision resulting from our inability to pick which canidate pissed us off the most for believing them. Even if they had to lie to us to get their point across!


    May 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Alfie Palmdale, Cal.

    They HAVE made up their minds. They are just waiting to see which way the wind blows before they voice an opinion. And for the few that are still confused, please stay home on election day, and do more research.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  16. Tom Huntington,NY

    I saw Barak Obam's keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention and followed him in the news since that time. I made up my mind to back him the day he announced he was running and haven't changed it.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  17. jay from Georgia

    Jack, the reason why Democrats can't make up their minds is very clear, nobody wants change, except for a wet baby. It's time for a change, it's time for somebody that the American people can trust, somebody with great integrity, and true compassion for ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!

    May 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  18. Jack Jackson

    Because they don't trust either candidate – get it? Can't blame the American people either.
    Porlland, Oregon

    May 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  19. Billy G in Las Vegas

    because Democrates are like cats. you can't tell if they are fighting or making love.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  20. Obama

    minds? do they have one jack? do they?

    May 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    It's baffling considering Obama promises no more "politics as usual," and Clinton has turned desperate and vicious. But it sure makes for entertaining tv news. Beats any other programming out there.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  22. Eric Larsen, Salinas, CA

    Too many supers are sitting on the fence, more worried about their own political future than in doing what is correct and ending this primary farce by endorsing Obama en masse. They're waiting for the choice to be obvious so they don't get any backlash from the Clinton gang.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  23. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    Because the media keeps playing the guilt by association game with the American people... Instead of focusing on the facts and history.

    On another note, I don't understand how opinions of experts can be thrown out by McCain and Clinton. We are a country where the majority vote decides the direction this country takes. Should the majority of people who focus their lives on an industry and its history (economists) be thrown out so easily?

    Bush does this all the time and it drives me insane. Stop the madness. The decision between these three candidates is so clear it's painful to watch all of this.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Jon in Austin, TX

    Its grossly a matter of politics. As soon as people begin asking again for Hillary to consider dropping out, she will begin whining about how those people do not want the American people to have a voice. Hillary has done exactly the same thing when it comes to Florida and Michigan. The other chunk of these Democrats are the hard-core brain-washed Clinon supporters who would prefer to fight until the bloody end no matter what the consequences.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  25. all for one

    they already did and its for Obama. they just don't wanna hurt Hillary... at least not yet. Thats what you get for being in the washinton for too long 'TIES' they call it. So when the going gets tough... it's a little bit difficult to break. But , in their minds they are hoping Barrack can pull the dog gone thing off .

    May 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  26. LJ Atlanta, GA

    The Dems have decided who they prefer...however, the media has not. The media, along with Reublicans who are allowed to vote in Democratic primaries, which I've never understood, are prolonging this race. It creates a nice storyline for months for the media and shear entertainment for the Republicans....all at the expense of the Dems.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  27. John in San Diego

    Jack, Democrats are – by definition – liberal, which means they embrace everyone and respect every candidate's views. Conservatives, on the other hand, like things black and white. They like the candidate who is most like them, and strongly dislike the dandidate who is not. Making up your mind is easy when you don't have to think.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Marc Lawes Bothell WA

    Hi Jack,

    More pandering like Hillary? This primary would be over if wasn't for the propaganda that organaziations like CNN spew forth. If ya'll reported the "NEWS" correctly this race would have been over long ago and bums like Blitzer would be living on the street where they belong.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  29. mark .. NJ

    they are like a couple heard saying,'am glad u are home dear', yet at the back of their mind, "i wished u had just stayed away a couple more hours"

    May 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  30. washte

    i wished it was so easy

    May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Joe in Sacramento

    Ugh!! Who knows anymore... Let's just end this thing already so the democratic party can prepare for McCain...

    May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  32. Raul from kentucky

    Too many factors influence the democrat's vote. One thing republicans are smart about is that if you give them more tax money and overturn Roe vs Wade, they rally around you in unity. Everything else is just news talk.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Angela

    Senator Obama brought in a new block of voters – otherwise Senator Clinton would be the nominee already. He couldn't win with the traditional democrats, so he found some new ones. I think the democrats are deciding – it is called a primary.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  34. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    I think most people have made up their minds, it's just that they get a big kick out of playing mind games with gullible pollsters and viewers who believe them.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  35. Rosalynd Florida

    For those voters who actually use their mind to decide who to vote for, they are decided. Those not decided are probably allowing the media and possibly their own biases keep them confused. It is simple really, you read about the issues, you think about what is important for the country to move forward, ask what is critical for you and then you decide which candidate can do a better job of delivering and you vote. Bam! you are done.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  36. rbrannan

    Democrats can't make up their minds because they now see that the longer the campaigning goes on, a complete reversal is taking place among the will of the people. The more time has passed and voters have gotten to know both candidates' strengths and weaknesses, the more the voters find Hillary the stronger candidate and more electable–which is a complete reversal from the early primaries/caucuses when the voters were swept up in Obama's fancy rhetoric.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  37. mitchell martin ark.

    because most of them smoke marijuana.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  38. Ricky Phillips, PA

    Jack, Why on earth would Obama drop out...is that 15 percent on drugs? Either that or they are really racist...lol. As for the dems not making up there minds, it's more like a split in support on who supports who. And, with the media pushing negative stories people are probably flipping on who they support every day!!! I don't know why they can't just stick to the issues. I've supported Obama from day 1 and continue to support him. Hopefully he can get a big win in NC and maybe even Indiana!!!! AND GET THIS OVER WITH!!!

    OBAMA O8!!!!

    May 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  39. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Each individual voter made up their mind about who they wanted to vote for in the primary elections. With the record turnout of voters in the Democratic primaries, I would say a lot of people made up their minds and acted on their belief of who was the best candidate. Collectively they did not all agree who will be the best candidate. Democrats are individuals who are voting their own conscience. So let the process continue until we hear from every last Democrat. It may surprise us how close this race gets before it is over.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  40. Karl in CA

    Because the ones that could end this never ending torture don't want to offend King Bill and Queen Hillary. God only knows what they might do to the peons and serfs if irritated. The Super-minds have been made up for a long time, but with the Queen not accepting reality, they have to wait until she is even more obviously the loser.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  41. Randy M, Elmira NY

    It's amazing after 16 months of campaigning, debates, pandering, and spin that there are still 8-10% of undecideds on election day. If you haven't been able to make a decision by now then stay home. There isn't one more piece of information on either of the candidates that needs to be known. i've heard the story of the "next shoe to drop" about Obama. Please people, every skeleton has been tossed out of that closet. This contest is decided, except for the attemped steal at the convention, so vote for the person who's in first and let's move on.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  42. Bev Phoenix, AZ

    Why? Because voters are finding out Obama is NOT the candidate they thought he was!

    May 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  43. Marie

    Jack, everyone loves a good rivalry. Even when we're sick of it, we tune in. Gibson and Stephanopolous knew it. People didn't tune in for policy, they wanted to see Obama and Clinton square off. Why else would the most watched debate be the one that could offer no new information?

    May 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  44. Michael In Maine

    The primary will play out and Obama will become the nominee. For all of Clintons efforts she has done nothing to close Obama's delegate lead. With the clock ticking and the last sizable delegate states in play today it won't leave Clinton any more wiggle room to forward her cause. It's over. It's been over. And I for one will be glad for a brief amount of peace until the general election gears up after the two national part conventions.

    Mike in Skowheagan, Maine

    May 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  45. DAD in Hollis, NH

    They are a fickle bunch! Either that or it’s really the media in disguise and they are looking to make it big on keeping this election going. Wait until tomorrow and ask me again.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  46. Tampa Voter

    They did. Barack won 2 months ago. The rest is all for show.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We have a real long way to go in this country. Many of the "working class" are bigoted and not willing to admit it openly so they will vote for Clinton. The more "educated" are looking for hope in the future and despise what has happened to our country with the Bush, Clinton, Bush dynasties and want change that is not too attached to Washington politics. So we have division and will possibly create a true split party which could lead to a strong third party with Obama for Democrates, McCain for Republicans and Clintons for Tory's or Whigs. Thus, McCain will win and we will lose.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  48. Real Change

    Well here's a thought for you Jack, we are freakin Democrats, we believe in everybody having a chance to vote!!!!!!!! We don't like the idea of letting you or some other pundit or some other politician telling us we should just stop voting because they want us to. I can't wait to see how they handle Florida and Michigan, I want to see the Democratic Party tell those millions of people who voted in those primaries their vote will not be counted. The RULES of the party called for half the delegates to be seated as punishment, Howard Dean is the one who decided they would discount ALL the delegates. The rules also call for anybody who campains, on ANY airwaves, to lose all thier delegates. So the rules would give Hillary half her delegates won, and strip Obama of all of his, as he did run ads and so broke the rules. So much for Obama's constant harping on "we are following the rules". The rules have not been followed, and so, to the convention we go.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  49. Susan Stewart

    I am a Democrat who would like to see it go on long enough for those who think McCain and Clinton's gas tax vacation doesn't go anywhere in getting passed by the Congress.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  50. Michael, Boise Idaho

    To be honest, I think the reason is some democrats have the gall to believe that if they elect Hillary the "magical" ideals of the nineties will return. They're living in a dream world and have no sense of moral accountability.

    Clinton's supporters want this to go on in the hopes that somehow Hillary will recapture the nomination.

    Hillary wants this to go on so as to bring the entire party down to the ground in pieces so that it's her way or the highway.

    and if it is: I'll gladly take the highway until sense and reason and change..true change..is embraced in the hearts and minds of every American.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  51. Rebecca

    Becca in WI

    Simply put...biased media coverage. The race actually ended long ago.

    HOPE for the future...

    Obama 08 and beyond

    May 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  52. Chuck in Alabama

    Jack, You're missing the point. We have decided. Half of us have decided on Clinton and half on Obama. People call Clinton "polarizing" but, it seems that at the other end of that planet are the Obama supporters, just as polarized.

    It's going to the convention. At least you'll have something to rant about for a few more months.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  53. Patricia

    Based on our calls (for Obama) to Indiana, many women are voting for Hillary to make a statement. They understand that Obama will be the nominee and will vote for him without reservations, but they want to go on record as having voted for the "the woman" in the race.


    May 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Jamaal Kansas

    Because both Democrats can do the Job and there Policies are very similar unfortunatly For Hillary Clinton Barack Obama has Class and Have not put out her Dirty Laundry: EXAMPLE Peter Paul VS. Clinton

    May 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  55. Katy

    It could be because George W. Bush has alienated so many people in such personal ways that everyone wants a say in preventing that kind of discord from happening again. It looks like people are also excited about participating in the process. Let the people have their say. US Democracy needs the exercise.

    May 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  56. Jim from Iowa

    We can't make up our minds because it's difficult to choose the better of the two. The Republicans, on the other hand, merely had to choose the least of all evils.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  57. Patrick Delvecchio

    Democratic voters have been making up their minds in record numbers and after winning twice as many contests have spoken for Obama. It's the republican influence in the media that is trying to present a divided party. Most democrats just want a democrat in office and continuing the primary's adds another wave of democratic voter registration that will lead Obama to a landslide victory after the party unites behind him.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  58. Independent from Ga

    I am very surprised at the indecision so far. After a careful analysis of all the facts of both candidates, the obvious choice would be Sen. Obama. People think that if Hillary were the nominee, the country would go back to the good times they felt they had in the nineties. This is not true. The wolr has changed, and the Sen. clinton clings to the politcis of fear and bullying. If people would just look closely at her past record (which is none), they would realize she is trading off on the Clinton name rather than her own abilities. She will say anything or do anything to steal this nomination, and some people are just plain gullible. Hopefully today, America will see that the best chnace we have for progress is to vote for Barack Obama.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    Dear Jack:

    The fact of the matter is Obama is the nominee. Clinton can not win this and the superdelgates dare not give it to her. As for the hoopla about the damage to the democratic party the fact is they could nominate mickey mouse and beat McCain. All this handringing means only tells you liberal democrats lack a stomach for a fight. True HIllary should have bowed out after Texas but the fact is people are getting upset over nothing. The republicans have governed so badly for the last eight years we may be on the verge of another 40 year majority despite our attempts to shoot ourselves in the foot and even if we do the results still dont change. Absent Bush declaring marshall law things look pretty good.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  60. Carolyn Norman

    Jack, if the raciest republicans would stop infiltrating the democratic campaign to steal the election from Obama, and Hillary Clinton would stop trying to change the rules maybe the Democratic race would have been over after Ohio and Texas. My vote was with Hillary at the beginning, but her "Do Anything To Win" is a turn off.
    The media seems to turn a blind eye to the tricks of the Clinton's. Obama is not only running against Hillary, but also against Bill Clinton. If he comes out as the mad black man, he walks a tight line
    against the white woman.
    I am pissed

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  61. JR


    You have the first viable African American and the first viable woman seeking the democratic nomination. Both come with baggage. One is known, the other not so much so. One wants to change the way business is done in Washington (very scary for traditional party members), and the other wants what's entitled to her. The decision is a hard one to make because the voters worst fears have been pandered to. The opinionated media is only serving to exaserbate the situation. Lets get back to just reporting the news and let the people form their own opinions about what's best for them.

    Las Vegas, NV

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  62. Russ from New Wilmington, PA

    Everybody is holding out this primary election season as a model of democracy in action, but to me it has been nothing more than a lesson is the shortcomings of our democracy and deep divisions in our society. The democrats can't, as you put it, "make up their minds" because each demographic constituency has entrenched itself in their own candidate for no other reason than race and gender: women are for Hillary, and African American for Obama. And both seem unwilling to support the other if their candidate fails to win. What a mess it is when we have to look to white men, who can't vote for one of their own (though they surely would, if they could), to be the king makers!

    Russ, a white man (supporting Obama!)

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  63. David Natchez, Mississippi

    The voters have made up thier mind. This thing was over in April but Hillary still thinks she and Bill can call in all their markers and steal the nomination. I am sick of politics and the longer it drags on the less I care about the entire process.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  64. William Joseph, ON

    I look at John King at his magic board and he keeps saying 'Clinton needs to win here' showing rural white and white blue collar worker areas. Then, he says 'Obama needs to win here' showing urban black areas. It's a sad state of affairs because what he is really saying is that this really about race and race is still a divisive issue in America.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  65. Susie Ram

    It's because it is the first time ever a black or first time ever a woman are trying to be a president. It is the fault of the lack of qualified white men in our country.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  66. Antonia in Bristol Virginia

    If we focus on our candidates and only judge character and accomplishment, then democrats have only one candidate, Barack Obama, who has maintained his values while accomplisheing the goals he needs to accomplish to win the White House.

    It will be so great to be proud of a U.S. President again.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  67. Bettye, Gettysburg, PA


    The Democrats have made-up their minds. Obama has the most elected delegates, most popular votes, won the most states, has the highest favorables and will be the nominee. Unfortunately, the Clintons can't accept defeat, so we are treated to the crying Hillary, the fighting Hillary, Hillary under sniper fire, the shot-drinking Hillary, the Rocky Balboa Hillary,the blue-collar Hillary, the goal-posts changing Hillary and now - the outlaw renegade Hillary who now is trying to change the number of delegates to win by counting Florida and Michigan. When this fails, she and Bill will ride off into the sunset and it can't be a minute too soon.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  68. Dick B

    The democrats are like a t-ball rules committee. Everyone gets a trophy, don't hurt anyone feelings and hope for tie games so everyone can feel good about themselves. Many of these old worn out hippies are still living in the 70's, wearing flowers in their hair, making symbols with their fingers and chanting "give peace a chance". Sort of like Jack Cafferty.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  69. jonathan

    Hillary is the best and Obama is a good talker but is he all talk and not a doer. I would hate for the American people to regret that they believed his words and he lets us down. Hillary or Obama is not a God, they are human and they will make mistakes. Every President has at least a few mistakes in their reign as President. We will find out soon enough. I wish God would come and take us all to heaven because I am scard for the United States.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  70. Clint, Garrison, KY


    We Democrats have been blessed with two candidates who we really like (as opposed to the Republicans who are stuck with McCain who won by being disliked the least).

    Hillary and Obama will probably both end up on the ticket and then the new media story will be that John McCain is behind because he hasn't named his running mate yet.

    Yes, the media is tired of the race, but the media doesn't pick the president, the voters do. As long as the voters are excited about the race, the media is just going to have to tough it out and keep covering the primary.

    We voters sympathize with the media: we know they would rather be covering Paris Hilton or OJ Simpson, but please be patient with us. Right now we voters are focused on the problems facing this country and who we think can solve them. Jack, tell your friends in the media that after November we will gladly go back to playing along and letting them distract us. But right now the voters are focused on the future of the country and the media people who find that boring are just going to have to put up with it.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  71. OB

    Well what can I say. Maybe if the media were not as engulfed in all this circus as they are right now and if certain elements accept the fact that this process had long been decided before it began, we will probably be taking on McBush by now. Because seriously there is not a sensible way that the candidate trailing in the pledged delegates, most states won, and the popular vote (unless you want to add new rules to game now) can win this nomination. God Bless America!!

    May 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  72. Dave

    Actually, the democratic party can be decided if it were not for the media and their sponsors in the corporate centers. Most everybody knows that Clinton is the preferred candidate against McCain from the posture of the media and its corporate sponsors. These want either McCain or Clinton as president so the modicum of the present governmental trends can continue. Obama, on the other hand, is the wildcard candidate. In its run-up to the earlier primaries, it can be discerned that Edwards, Kucinich, Paul, and other candidates simply did not get the attention of the media and its corporate sponsors. Clinton, with her tremendous negatives, looked to be the one to be beaten by any potential Republican candidate, witness Limbaugh's attempts to finagle votes for her. She was expected to handle Obama and she cannot, which ultimately will be the failings of the media, its coporate sponsors, as well as Clinton. The democrats will have decided in the intervening weeks while Clinton withers on the vine!

    May 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  73. Art Sisca

    Because they're stupid. The result of this folly is that McCain will become president.
    Art in Williamsburg

    May 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  74. samantha cox

    Both parties should have the same process. People are getting tired of the way the Democratic Party has their elections and dividing up votes, superdelegates votes, whatever! A VOTE SHOULD BE A VOTE COUNTED...you know what I mean...none of this splitting up stuff! It works for the Republicans.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  75. Frank Soto

    For the past several months cnn has done an incerdible job covering the polls and I spend at least 3 to 4 hours watching the panelist have there say as well as to what they believe would be the outcome of this race. To say who's going to win or who's going to loose is a bit premature, the only thing you can say is that for the first time in the history of the presidentcy you have a woman and a black senator battleling it out. Not to mention that we can't afford another Republican president with the same idealogies as the current president.

    Frank Soto

    May 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  76. Vinnie Vino

    They want all the votes in the country counted this time around. So every state can have a say in who will be the party's nominee...

    C.I., New York

    May 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  77. AL in Toronto


    If the Dems decide tomorrow the Wolfman will have to depend on BREAKING NEWS to keep his ratings up. There will be no more sound bites on Wright, unless Obama is the nominee.Then we will be subjected to endless running of Wrights soundbites.


    May 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  78. Sharon - Illinois

    I made up my mind a very long time ago! It's the people who listen to main stream media who are used to "spin media" and "snippet media" who aren't able to make a firm decision and get swayed with every little "tidbit" the media throws at them. The truth about who will win has been out there for a very long time. But, since we are in the "news for profit" age and not "real news and real investigative news" any more some people don't recognize truth when they hear it. Mostly because it isn't being told!

    East Central Illinois

    May 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  79. Tony P

    I'm suprised nobody has picked up on the Clinton strategy from here forward.
    has correctly pointed out on many occ
    As Politico assions, the Clinton camp cannot catch the Obama camp in the delegate math.

    So why continue?

    Simple. The strategy is now to damage the Obama camp as much as possible between now and June 3 or August – depending on how long they are able to drag it out.

    Why do this?

    Simple again, if they can damage him enough that he loses to McCain then she could feasibly run again in 2012 against a 75 year old man who likely will not or can not run again due to age or health. Even if he does the electorate will be very very leary of voting for him again on age alone – he'll be considered by most – too old.

    So this opens the door against either a new republican candidate or a McCain that the public will be very hesitant to vote for again.

    Why not help the democrats win this time?

    If the Clinton camp were of that mentality, they would have already dropped out. So we can rightly assume they are not about the party, but rather themselves. If Obama were to win, he's in for 8 years and a nearly 70 year old women doesn't have a chance to win a presidential election – right or wrong, it's just the way it is.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  80. Chelle from WA

    Sadly, the majority of voters don't read independent sources, they watch mainstream news which has been one farce after another – lacking in facts, real figures and ethics. Why has there been no coverage on Peter Paul vs Clinton? We've seen Rev Wright until our eyes cross, but what is the latest on Norman Hsu? Where are in depth articles on what NAFTA has done to our economy – and the global economy? Look what happened last time a Clinton was in office... the Democrats lost power for ages in every branch of government, but where is that covered in depth? If ANYONE but Clinton had fallen this far behind they'd be out of the race, but she gets "special treatment". Why? Why would a Dem join a Republican trying to destroy the other Dem candidate? Is that about this election, or the next one? People aren't coming up with good answers because the deeper questions aren't being explored. I don't care who knocks back boiler makers, bowls well, or hits the hoop, I'm more concerned about who will lead this country in a sane way. A quick look at the recent "gas tax" summer vacation – flatly a farce and pronounced negative for our economy by every intelligent person – should be a clue who can lead this country well. But for some reason intelligence scares many voters. I admit, voters haven't seen much intelligence used in the current administration, so it is a major change, but come on America! There is only one candidate left standing that will bring about intelligent, positive change. If Obama is not nominated and elected, this country will look like other 3rd world countries and voters will have no one to hold responsible except themselves.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  81. Robert - Portland, OR

    Again, waiting on moderation. Why won't you post responses that speak of the truth?

    From reading the posts on the Political Ticker, the majority of those that want this to end are Obama supporters. They are for the most part such hypocrites who want the rules followed when it benefits them, Michigan and Florida, but don’t want to follow the rules of the party by insisting Clinton drop out.

    The fact is neither will win by pledged delegates and it is up to the Supers to decide. In my opinion, all of the Supers as party elders should have kept their mouths shut until all of the states had voted and those that have endorsed either already, have done so for their own political gain and have abused their powers as elders. And I personally will not ever vote for a Super who has abused their powers.

    Getting back to the question though, we can’t decide because the party is basically split 50/50 and as such these elders should have been working behind the scenes to broker a deal that would be fair to all who they are supposed to be working for. And since they didn’t, thinking about their own political gains will most likely cost us the White House.

    It isn’t Clinton or Obama’s fault, it is the fault of Howard Dean and now he wants the Supers to bail him out by putting pressure on them to end this. Well Howie it won’t work, you have lost again. I and many other life-long democrats will either stay home or vote McCain come November regardless of who wins.

    May 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  82. tylar

    Americans have made up their minds, a little more than half picked Obama, and a little less than half have a problem voting for a Black man or they are women who also want to be apart of History.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  83. c. Thom

    Why. Because their are still many, many Democrats that are biased towards a Black candidate. You can talk about experience all night and day, but at the end of the day the fact that Hillary slept in the White House does not make her more qualified. The fact is: that there are liberal and conservative White Americans that are still very prejudice and feel totally threathened by the thought of a Black sitting in the highest chair. Period.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  84. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    They have to have a Mind, in order to have to make it up! Jack, you are as usual assuming too much!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  85. Marjorie

    We have Jack. Hillary just didn't read the memo.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  86. AustinB

    I'm not sure Jack. And, why does national media not post the story about Obama picking up more Superdelegates yesterday?

    Maybe if the people in IN and NC had the most up to date info, they'd know they can help wrap-up these primaries.

    While I am pro Obama at this point, I think it is clear to all that Clinton cannot reasonably (without 70% voting in her favore from here on out, which won't happen) win. I have not been on calling for her to drop out, but that time is growing near. If they split today and he picks up a few more Superdelegates, it's pretty much over.

    If that comes to pass, I would hope the Dems can finally close ranks behind Obama and get on with battling McCain.While I know many people are ardent Clinton supporters (and I was one, at one time), I think the writing is on the wall and we need to move this forward constructively.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  87. Debbie,NJ

    I noticed when I speak my mind about the media my comments don't get posting. Where is my freedom of speech Jack?

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  88. Chuck Claessens

    It's a shame that the Dems can't just choose a candidate. I feel it's because Hilary will have a new spin on a position she took months ago. Gosh, I can't wait to see when we go to war over Isreal.

    We can all bring those guns daddy taught us to shoot out behind the cottage at the lake.

    We already have had a president that didn't believe in science, No global warming. Now we have a candidate that doesn't believe economists. Of course it's not her money she will be giving away. It belongs to the tax payers. So we lose money for road repairs and pay about thirty dollars a vote for Hilary.

    Why did it take a comedy show to bring out her position changes on who should choose the democratic candidate. Run that one from the Daily Show as often as the preacher and we might be done tonight!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  89. Sean

    Jack the democratic party has been split right down the middle into two warring factions. Clinton's side has seniors, middle aged women, and blue collar voters. While Obama has young voters, african americans, and white collar voters. with a split in democratic loyalties like that a better question is when democratic voters will make up there minds? the answer is not anytime soon.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  90. Kellie, Philadelphia

    Why the confusion and the indecisiveness? Well, the democratic party is so diverse made up of liberals, evangelical liberals, moderates, evangelical moderates, feminists, minority groups, and some rednecks too. Come to think of it, the dems have a grand problem on their hands with a woman and an african-american as candidates in this primary. Considering the make up of the party, there should be minimal confusion about why they're almost neck and neck in the popular vote.
    I'm a registered Democrat and rather disappointed how the Democratic party hasn't handed this process. But, I must admit, they're on a bit of a tightrope without a safety net. H. Dean is in a vicarious position- the female candidate is viewed as untrustworthy but strong-(as was Bush) and the African-American candidate is being bombarded with criticism for what someone else has said. I don't envy Mr. Dean right now since in the mist of this he's dealing with a rather tempermental American public that can change their mind with the next sensationalized news story.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  91. Kim

    Like many democrat voters, I feel this race has been drawn out and is completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, the sway of media is making this race far more important than it should be. Simply stated: Superdelgates should end this immediately. The bigger battle is in November. We need the democrats to be pumped up and ready rather than tired and non-motivated in order to win.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  92. dina from Orlando

    Jack ,

    Pray for the democrats... we are going to need some serious prayers, when we come to our senses. Everyone is voting for operation chaos now and Hillary knows it. That is why she can threaten to attack countries, tells lies to workers, tell lies to media without worrying about losing the voters interest. People want to see a long fight now, but the same people who want this craziness will be crying soon.

    Their ignorance has allowed them to vote for a lying woman who will lose the general election. All the lies that the Main stream media ignores now-will not be ignored by the republican party in the general.

    Her lies shouldn't be ignored either.

    I decided last year my vote was for Obama. I am sticking with it also.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  93. mikeytherhino

    Because both candidates have an equal amount of Pluses and Minuses going for them, and neither one has had the Good fortune to get the the Right Combo of message and Moment to push them Over the top.... and looking at things as they sit now, it won't happen anytime soon, either.

    And don't worry the Party will survive. It's survived every major sea change in america since Jefferson's Time, It'll survive these two.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    May 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  94. lol

    it's a good thing for americans to see the sham that obama really is, his lack of substance and experience are becoming more evident each day. his "friends" the domestic terrorist ayers, rezko, and auchi the iraqi criminal he associates with, make you question his character, and judgement. the only reason the pressure is on for hillary to drop out, is because she is winning the big states that he can't. he is unelectable against mccain in november, and hopefully the superdelegates will see this.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  95. Margie in North Carolina

    I say let them slug it out.
    At some point we will begin to see how much alike they both are. Remember when we we balancing the budget during the Clinton era and campaign promises didn't matter?
    I think the people will decide in November then we will have to forget the campaign rhetoric to balance the budget. It is not just "the economy stupid"- it is the deficit and the economy!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  96. Robert - Woodward, Oklahoma

    Obama's personal ambition is the problem. He decided that no matter what, he would be the nominee this time. He even claimed earlier that his wife wouldn't ever let him run again. So, he is willing to tear the party apart; force democrats to vote republican; allow his followers to throw mud and accuse then other people of doing it, all in the name of his personal ambition. The man has no shame.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  97. Eli of Yorktown, Indiana

    The reason is because Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have only a few, slight differences in their policies and political beliefs. The only thing people are debating about now is character and experience, which is a hard thing to determine on the campaign trail.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  98. Matt, Chicago

    Let's cut right to it- on most issues their policies are nearly identical and there can be little argument that the underlying objectives within those policies are identical as well. The only distinction to be found is in their style and energy and both offer abundant positives and negatives to enable us to choose. At this point there's only two justifications for having not made up your mind; either A) you don't care enough to follow the news and learn anything about either of them, or B) you're just plain dumb enough to be distracted by all the non-issues that confusion has been given free reign.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  99. Mary Anderson

    I believe its a gimmick and after the election it will go away. Plus John Roberts could get a straight answer on where is the legislation?

    We need something different not more of the same. We need to do what is right for our elderly, disabled and poor. Shame on a rich country that has seniors choosing between food and medicine. It's real I see it everyday. Shame on a country that does not take care of its wounded vets. I'm voting for Obama for 2 reasons he opposed this horrible war and he is giving the poor some hope.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  100. Kevin in DC


    Because one of these candidates learned a lesson from President Bush: appeal to the lazy-minded and less educated...it's easy and cheap to convince them, and they are an enormous voter block that will consistently vote against their own best interests.

    How much does it cost to win their vote? In NC and IN, maybe just $30.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  101. Marilyn

    It is my understanding that woman are voting for Hillary because she is a "Woman", (to make a statement). How stupid ladies. I am hoping Obama will be the nominee. Our country truly needs a change and Obama has handled himself with "CLASS".


    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  102. Howie

    The question here should be, why can't the Florida and Michigan Democrats be allowed to help the Democrats make up their minds. They voted and they're being penalized. It's 2000 all over again, only this time Obama is playing the role of George Bush– trying to steal the election without letting them count millions of votes.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  103. Brad from Minnesota

    Democrats can't make up their mind because one insists on playing old/dirty politics and the other tries to rise above.

    The Republicans are making a go at making up the minds of the democrats for them. I was in Indiana this weekend canvasing for a candidate I believe strongly for and one woman we encountered said that she was part of "Operation Chaos." The Republicans are voting for the candidate who would be easier to beat in the general and to prolong this bloody and possibly fatal run for the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  104. leighg1

    Too bad that Obama does not want to engage in a negative campaign. He could have shown the Hillary Bosnia lie footage over and ever again as she did to him on his "bitter" comments. If he did, she would be crushed a long time ago. He did not even mention it unless when asked. I am sure the Republicans would if they need to.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  105. Anna H

    It's because the superdelegates are cowards. They are supposed to be the knowledgable leaders of the party. So start leading and stop hedging. As an American living abroad, I am eternally grateful not to be subjected to the endless barrage of moronic political ads and nonstop political pundits spinning their way into oblivion. If you so-called superdelegates find some backbone, declare your candidate tomorrow and put us out of our misery. Let the real race can begin.

    Anna in Prague

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Nick from Maryland

    It shows that those 2 candidates are out of touch and Obama is a man who understands what the people need. To be honest with you its just a stint which hillary and McCain are trying to get peoples vote. Obama08.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Kevin in Springfield, Missouri

    Who actually believes that Exxon and Shell, who argue that their percent of profit versus revenue is normal, won't simply make up what they pay in windfall tax in higher gas prices? I'm not from Pennsylvania, I'm from Missouri the show-me state. Their stock would go down with a windfall profit tax and they will owe it to their stockholders to raise their prices. That's what they do.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  108. WDF Silver City NM

    I was going to vote for Obama however after the last month or so of this crap slinging I'm voting for McCain.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Anthony from Webster, WI

    Jack! it's like asking a 6-year-old to choose their favorite M&M.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  110. Bunny-Alvin, Tx

    This is one democrat who has made up their mind. As a matter of fact, my mind has been made up since February. It is the Clinton friendly media who keeps tearing away at Rev. Wright, and wants to keep this election going. This is the best story the press has had in years. If Hillary Clinton somehow steals this election I urge all of the democrats who have supported Obama to back him as an Independent candidate. If Obama refuses to run as an Independent I will vote for John McCain. I would rather have 4 to 8 more years of Bush politics than another 4 to 8 years of liars and cheats. Obama supporters will stand united.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  111. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah


    The media has done a lot of harm in this campaign season. Rather than sticking to the issues and educating Americans, we have been bombarded for the last month by Rev. Wright!

    Fear has won over common sense. And we wonder why people can't make up their minds? You need to discern and THINK before you make a decision, and sadly many people just don't think!

    OBAMA 08 &12!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  112. Mary Wa

    Because not enough people take time to research facts. It is easier to accept pandering and faces they are familiar with. If educated people are labled intellectual elitist s, does that mean others are ignorant Hillbilleries?

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  113. virginia

    jack, it's a bad call on McCain and Hillary

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  114. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, You make a very compelling argument re: the economists and their take on the 'gas tax' issue. Wouldn't it be more prudent for these very same economists to take their logic to Bush/Cheney? As far as Hillary goes, I believe that she will 'see the light'. Don't have much hope for McCain to do the same.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  115. David Bucovaz

    The thing is Jack, is that we have two very qualified candidates that offer different things, change and a new way to politics, or expirience and passion, and combined is a perfect candidate and in reality if it wasnt for the influx of new black and young voters Obama might not be the front runner, but in the past the people that have challenged the front runners were Edwards, who was a distance behing Kerry and Dean, and in 2000, we had Bill Bradley, in '96 we have laroach and it was a little mors complicated in '92 but huge gaffes along the way pushed clinton forward

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  116. Ken Beaverton, MI

    D = Don't
    E = Ever
    M = Make
    O = Overt
    C = Crucial
    R = Responses
    A = Any
    T = Time

    May 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  117. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    I think the American people have made their call, I think the media does not want it to end. Think about it, people are tuning into 24-hour news cycle channels and it is good for business. Sponsors want to buy ads because people are tuning into the blood bath that is this Democratic Presidential cycle. It’s a good business practice to get people to tune in. There is no longer discussion of the issues; it is now he-said, she-said, blather. Why do you think Rev. Wright garnered traction? Because the media thought it was a good idea to keep the fight going. This tempest in a teapot is nothing more than the media’s attempt to keep viewers tuned in. It just angers me that Barack Obama’s good name is being dragged through the mud by Billiary McKain and corporately-owned news stations.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  118. mike a,charlotte,nc

    i think we need the primaries over and all the democrats should go register as republican right away. when november rolls around all polls will show republicans ahead 90% to 10%. then vote the way they want and kick the republicans out. so much for polls!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  119. Richard Heriot Bay, B.C. Canada

    The Clinton/Obama drama consumes the airwaves with Democratic issues leaving little for the presumptive Republican candidate to do except muddle his conservative base in order to be relevant in the public conversation. As long as Democratic talking points are forefront in the news John McCain's conservative campaigning is almost marginalized.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  120. Tracy Brown

    Simply Put, I agree withe the Economist that both McCain and Clinton are a Bad Idea.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  121. Anthony, Valencia California

    This is democracy at its finest. Every persons voice and votes should be heard and counted including Michigan and Florida. I say, to the bitter end Obama, so his supporters should stop telling Senator Clinton to drop out. A woman like her sure has more balls to fight this to the end than Edwards and other nominees who dropped out early.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  122. Lee

    My mind is made up Jack – I voted for Hillary and will only support her in the fall. Just like yours from all your questions appears to be made up for Obama – you just wont let up.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  123. Lisa M.

    because as any voter who does their own research and does NOT rely solely on the miniscule nightly news coverage and sound bites for info will tell you, Hilary and Barack are essentially the same. The fact is that in a country with a substandard system of education entrusting the future of our country to the masses means that we are handing it over to people who are not equipped to form their own opinions.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  124. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    We made up our minds a long time ago, Jack.

    We're just waiting for the superdelegates to put the final nail in Hillary's coffin.

    I just hope she doesn't turn into a vampire. Maybe that's why she only answers the phone at 3AM. She has to hang up before sunrise!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  125. Karen in Fairfax, CA

    Some people are just obsessive by nature and don't like to make a commitment until the last minute.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  126. Bonnie/New Port Richey FL

    I think the most important reason for this to keep going is so that at the end of the day, the people of all states will have had their say. Florida and Michigan are already disenfranchised. It is not right to disenfranchise the rest of the states as well. When every one has had their say then and only then should a discision be made by the popular vote and the superdelegates taking that in to consideration.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  127. gloria

    ain't that a B****

    new york

    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  128. S. Frazier

    I think it's clear that more democrats would like to see Senator Obama as the nominee. However we have republicans crossing over to vote for Clinton so that McCain can have a better shot at the presidency and I think this is a major part why Obama hasn't clinched the nomination–that, and the fact that America says it's ready for change but change is scary and doesn't always look like you think it should.
    S. Frazier
    Cedar Hill, TX

    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  129. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    It seems pretty simple and logical to me, Jack. Most people early on were either supporting or leaning towards one candidate or the other. Both sides truly believe their candidate can win if they just stick it out – and the candidates are encouraging them. Each side demands REAL proof that their candidate can't win (basic math and probabilities don't count), and the nominating process that the Democratic Party has enacted is not able to give that to them in a timely manner.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  130. Don

    Jack, We can't make up our minds because they are both excellent candidates. It should be obvious by now, that both of them together would make a formidable team; a winning combination that could put the Democrats in the Whitehouse for the next 16 years.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  131. maria from california

    Hillary clinton is inflated with pride, while Barack is humble, and democrats need to figure out which is best for the country a proud american or a humble man who wants to bring peace around the world and bring people together, remember Hillary's pride can make all hell break loose!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  132. Anders Scooper

    Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and Bill Richardson would like to make the decision. These three I call the Three Amigos, if Obama wins they will do the Obama Stomp.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  133. Adam Jones

    We already made up our minds except for the Republicans voting in our primaries to avoid us the time to examine McCain. She has won states where voters usually vote Red and it is obvious the Republicans are the ones doing the damage.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  134. Lee from Dade City Florida

    Why ask me? I'm from Florida so I don't have a say. I'll re-vote my primary vote in November, no matter who the superdelegates pick!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  135. JAMES

    Democrats can't make up their minds because in the last few weeks you have the front runners most influential spiritual leader being shown to be a bigot. Now I'm a fence sitter myself I tend to vote on both sides of party lines. That being said anything Hillary has done in the past pales in comparison to being willing to sit through any sermon that decries the kind of ridiculous bombast spewed by the Rev. (if I have to call him that) Wright.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  136. Paula

    Well, I would like to know, why people think Hillary Clinton has the most experience than Barack Obama. She was first lady during Bill Clinton term, that's it and she was to head the health care reform but failed. She is a senator just like Barack, Hillary started her career at the grass roots just like Barack. Barack Obama has been a senator longer than Hillary. What more experence does she have other than being the first Lady. Either way you go, they both will have to work with the house and the Senate to get bills passed, they both will have a cabinet of advisors that will help them with the policy change. I think Barack has more vision than Hillary because he is not tanted by the old politics as usual regime. Go Barack Obama!

    May 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  137. Jerry


    As a lifelong Democrat and senior citizen I also can't make
    up my mine, but I have my age against me. By the way
    who are the candidates again?

    Roselle Illinois

    May 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  138. BrodiMAN

    Because Jack, for the moment, this is more entertaining than American Idol.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  139. Carol, Chicago

    HI Jack.

    I believe that if the news media (PRINT and TV) would tell the REAL story about Hillarys' and her Supporters many dirty tricks and underhanded dealings many of the voters would understand that she would be WORSE then GWB. She and Bill have done so many dirty tricks and underhanded things that many of the voters don't really know about and voters are making a judgement about her without all the real information about her background. I support Obama because he is the best of the three. I believe that he will have a hugh job to do but I believe he will be able to be a better President then Hillary of John. If she should steal the nomination, I'm not sure what I will do about my vote. Perhaps a write in or no vote for President. at all........Thanks

    May 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  140. ReddyS

    Here's why this tug of war race is continuing on.
    Obama has managed to convince the well informed and unbiased voters that the politics of today can be changed for the better. As for Hillary – She will try till the very end to make her dream come true on being the 'First woman President' – In the process, she is using the gullibility factor of voters who are less informed and can be biased on the race fact to her advantage – She shamelessly will lie blatantly and go to any extent to get what she wants. And please, people who keep calling her 'Experienced' – I agree she has had the 'Exposure' being the first lady but that does not count as 'Experience'.

    Please don't get distracted with the Jeremiah Wrights- Hillary and Bill have so many more undesired associations that Barack Obama has not stooped to focus on or bring forward.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  141. Cary Briel

    I agree with the commenter that said that the mainstream press keeps all of this going to support for ratings, and to a lesser extent, bias. If it weren't for the press coverage that we've had, their switching back and forth attacking whomever is ahead at the moment to keep the drama going, this would have been all over a long time ago. If Hillary can't win without WWIII in the party, this becomes more about Jerry Springer-type, sensational coverage than it is about reality. Welcome to the US-of-A.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  142. Joseph in Fort Wayne, IN

    Secretely, I think most democrats are tired of the status quo – the existing two-party stranglehold on American politics. Many may be relishing this drawn out fight so that when the dust finally settles, the polarisation would be so complete and irrevocable that half the party (supporters of the "loser") will walk out to form the base of a viable third party.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  143. cory,fl

    where were the Economist at before we were in this probblem, now they say something, but what is their goal, a better stock market

    May 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  144. C.P.

    The truth of the matter is that people are affraid of change. They complain about how bad things are, but they are unwilling to take one step toward improvement. Those same fears will keep the fearful back at the starting line; while those who have some courage will be seen at the finish line.

    Our Democratic candidates have addressed some the of the issues such as the mortgage crisis, the economy, foreign policy, Iraq and so forth. Enough talk to have informed anyone who was listening of their stand.

    So it is obvious that people are affraid of doing the right thing.

    Chicago, IL

    May 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  145. A Kraft

    because the superdelegates are all afraid of the Clintons and refuste to end this

    May 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  146. Ryan in Albuquerque

    They have made up their minds, and Obama has it all but wrapped up. For Clinton supporters to say she can catch up in the pledged delegate count is a bit like a third-place baseball team naming its starting pitchers for the World Series...

    May 6, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  147. Paula, Seattle, WA

    The question should be, "Why can't the superdelegates declare who they are supporting?"

    That might end all of this nonsense and the Democrats could focus on winning what should be the easiest election in history. Instead we are allowing McCain and the Republicans 6 months of free campaigning.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  148. Phil


    They have made up their mind. Obama leads 2 to 1 in states won. Obama has an insurmountable pledged delegate lead. And Obama has narrowed Hillary's 100+ superdelgate lead in January to under 20. The race is over. We are just waiting for you so-called pundits to catch up.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  149. Tony

    Well, Jack, it may come as a surprise to, but this is what democracy is all about. People should be allowed to vote before people like you decide who should be nominated for the presidency. Imagine that!

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  150. Priciliano

    Well Jack, this is why Democrats can't make up their mind and it's b/c Republicans are putting up ads about how bad Obama is and the news isn't helping it especially with the Wright controversy. The reason Republicans are trashing Obama is b/c they don't want a Democratic Candidate that they can't defeat in the General Election so they're going to put him down and hopefully change people's views on Hilary. Then people will vote Hilary Clinton, who's is actually the candidate they can defeat and it will be a shoe in for the Republicans to win the General Election. Duh! Jack it's just strategical thinking on the republicans behalf.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  151. John

    Why should they? After all, this is an election and they haven't reached the magic number. No one honestly knows what will happen day to day, for politics is an unpredictable subject. I suppose if Sen. Clinton trailed Sen. Obama by a larger number, say 300 or 400 delegates, but she doesn't and has every right to stick in there. The fact that the race went this far makes it more fair for the people voting so they have a say as to who they want to elect. Plus, for the rest of us that have already voted, it's kind of exciting to see it continue this far.

    Elgin, Illinois

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  152. Andras Maros

    It is questions like this one that continue to take away the public discourse
    from the real issues. The 'democratic party' is not one living animal – nor a
    one minded monster even. The record-breaking interest of first time voters' participation is exactly the demonstration of the American People's
    wish to return to some semblance of a democratic government. It would behoove the members of the corporate media to finally recognize their own membership and responsibilities to humanity and give up their blind
    and ignorant allegience to the almighty buck and their corporate bosses.

    Andras Maros, Ridgway, CO

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Tina, Oregon

    By the way if Florida is not counted as a win for Hillary Clinton we as her supporters will feel robbed. And why did Obama take his name off the ballot in Michigan...because he knew he was losing? Not counting Florida and Michigan skews the race favorably to Obama.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  154. Carl Douglas


    I consider you to be a savvy, experienced veteran of your trade, but sometimes your phraseology puzzles me. Why do you think that having the political process resollve itself democratically is a form of suffering?

    I feel that the true suffering of the spectators and the electorate is caused by media commentary that is both unfair and driven towards convincing us that one candidate should vote. Howard Dean the primary architect of this entire mess is holding himself blameless for getting in a lose/lose situation with the republican party in Florida, and then taking it out on his own party that hold no legislative power in the state. It is time for CNN and the other for profit media outlets to turn the real focus for your suffering on the guy who caused it, Howard Dean.

    When is that going to be the news item. Anoffer was made to raise and pay for the do overs and your favorite son Barack Obama does not want that to happen for obvious reasons. He knows that he can not win if all 50 states are heard. So he chooses to divide his party by exclude two necessary democratic states to turn republican. Obama is the Invisible running mate of President-Elect John McCain.

    He has really changed politics by playing for the other side. This is tantamount to the Chicag White Sox world series scandal.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  155. David

    Most of these people have been friends with the Clintons, they're more concern with their ties than the country they claim to love. From his message, its very obvious that Obama is the best candidate. Hilary Clinton is actually running a family friends reunion compaign, and the Democrats aren't able to make up their minds because most of them have been members of that family. God have mercy on America.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  156. John B.Sharp

    the Dems just want to see how much more pandering and false promises Hillary is going to make, knowing fully that Barack is going to win the nomination. She wants to give back the gas tax, fight and dictate to OPEC – the next part of her pandering campaign will probably to give away a years supply of Denure Adhesive and 2 six packs of PBR to ease the financial pain of her rural supporters. Barack will just give us all a healthy dose of the truth.


    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  157. Selen Lauterbach

    Why can't the Dems make up their minds? Is that the question?

    Many of us have, BUT, there continues to be a significant gender bias in the media. Why can't you all deliver balanced, non-biased reporting? I think you should have some workshops or inservices related to such reporting.

    Obama has taken center stage for the Dems since the beginning. Of the # of reporters working on the election, how many are male, and personally committed to Hillary? Not too many, I'd assume.

    Have you subjected your texts to content analysis for gender bias?
    I think it is time to do so.

    I am a Clinton supporter, but am also very interested in Obama's campaign. I think both are very similar on issues, and hope to support one or the other in November.

    I am interested in fairness and nonbiased reporting, male or female, dem or R...what ever the side tyou swing from. Is there such a thng as a nonbiased reporter? Please shoe me one!

    Selen in Shady Grove, FL

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  158. Jordan, New York

    Nobody can make up their minds because the media seems to convince people that the race should go on longer. Too much emphasis is being placed on Obama's alleged racism and elitism even though he was raised by a white woman who didn't have much money! Unfortunately, it has not been stressed enough how Obama will undoubtedly gain more pledged delegates and how he has been gaining superdelegates at an exponentially greater pace than Senator Clinton has since Super Tuesday, showing his obvious appeal among the Democratic elites. The race is over and the media needs to accept that and stop giving Americans reasons not to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Pete - Boise ID

    I'm a republican and I made up my mind a long time ago. Although I disagree with many of his progressive social policies, he is the only viable candidate left who is willing to take advice from places other than his political advisors.

    Sometimes it seems he does exactly the opposite of what they say, or I believe this would have been over long ago.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Stephanie Smith

    I believe that Democrats can make up their minds and have in many ways. I am very tired of seeing these hypothetical analysis of polls on which canidate they support. I wish that a poll would come out and ask each democratic voter where they stand, not just 100 or 1000. Or I think that we should all look at the popular vote and see how democrats stand. Oh but wait that would be bad for Hillary supporters wouldn't it?

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  161. David deSousa

    We are making up our minds. The process is called voting. The virtue is called patience.

    David, ND

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Dee Brantley

    Jack,It might have something to do with the concept of democracy . The Democratic party welcomes diversity , it is open to a fluid exchange of ideas and opinions,and the complexity of the people who comprise them. It's not easy to corral so many diversites of thought into one tidy lock step like the Repubs do. BTW-who would want to? Viva la diference!

    May 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  163. Kirk

    Democrats appear to have no problem "making up their minds". It's just that some people like Obama, some like Clinton and all have voted in accordance with these opinions.

    Some people base their opinion on race, others gender and some on the issues, but they "make up their minds" even if the criterion is not of the highest order.

    It is better to vote your mind than give up your mind to the collective just to "get it over with". In November Democrats will have to do it again as will Republicans. We can only hope that the common good wins out over baser values.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Dayahka

    The answer is obvious, sir. Democrats know that Hillary is wrong for the country, but they do not want to be called, well I can't use the word here, so I'll just say they are afraid of the race of one of the candidates. As a result, they keep this idiotic campaign going in the hopes that they will not have to decide and something outside, like a major mistake, will decide for them. Hillary has clearly gone off the deep end and is wallowing in mud and dirt and lunatic-fringe ideas, but they still don't want to decide. It's racism, sorry to say.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  165. James

    The democrats can not choose because no matter how faithful the african-american voters are to the party... the party still does not want an african-american president!

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Charles, new york

    the democrats can't decide becuase if one of hillary clinton democrates supporter changes their mind to support obama clinto will make a big deal of it the democrate knows who to support and that barack obama but their wating for this primairy then they will decide to choose obama.

    Obam 08

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  167. Fred T. Black/Detroit

    Democrats have made up their mind, it is mass media that continually act as if (Mrs.) Clinton is a viable candidate. While the Paul suit against the Clintons goes unreported. TV acts as if shes likable, for lack of a decent word.

    But That is where Media's money is made via ratings as opposed to focussing on the issues.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  168. Bill

    I believe the Dems have made up their mind. Letting the primary process finish gives all states a chance to look at both candidates and to compare them to John McCain.

    Eventually Hillary will have to admit that Obama has beaten her and the Clinton machine. Then the question becomes whether or not she will really get behind Obama.

    She says she will but then on the other hand she could get pinned down by sniper fire while Obama is dodging the outrageous slings and arrows of the neocon 527 groups..

    Bill in East Texas

    May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  169. Doug Newman

    One reason I think Democrats are having a tough time with this is historically they have had one choice...a white man.
    For the first time in our country we have a real chance being represented as We the People. Personally I'm proud that the democrats are the ones to offer up a white woman and a black man, but here's the rub...that choice divides the party in the primary among race and gender. Interestingly enough though people with higher educations and college students (those who want higher education)are voting for Obama and people without higher education are voting for Clinton.
    I for one am sick to death of blue and red either or...if it is a color that we are to be then we the people are or should be purple! One more thing it's time that the fools on the hill wake up and start doing what is in the best interest of we the people instead of they the politicians!
    Have a good'n

    May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Peggy

    Florida and Michigan didn't follow the rules, and now want us to change the rules and let them vote. How can you count their votes, when Obama wasn't even on the ballot.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Virgil

    Well Jack, I beleive it's because the party has made the decision for us already. Where is the Independent American Spirit? We need to vote with are Founding Fathers wisdom, not Screaming Howard Dean and Gang doing it for us. America it is time for the third party to rise. We need a Lobbist Tea Party to send a message to the World. America Is Back!

    May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  172. Kelly

    They have... and it's Hillary! This would not be in dispute if Michigan and Florida counted.

    May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |