Democrats Look to Avoid Convention Rift - New York Times
POLS 101: We talked about this on Thursday. The Democrats are trying to avoid a train wreck at the convention. It is certain that neither Obama nor Clinton will have enough pledged delegates to win on the first ballot, unless one of them drops out (not likely).
1. The superdelegates would then be able to pick the nominee. If they vote for the candidate who won the most pledged delegates, maybe that's not a problem. But if they pick the candidate who, in essence, lost the primary season, it could lead to a fractured party in November and a lot of voters staying home. Obama has enough of a lead in pledged delegates that Clinton probably can't catch him (although he can't win a majority and it will remain close). But she has more endorsements from superdelegates. If he goes to the convention as the winner of the primary season, what will his supporters do if the higher powers in the party give the nomination to Clinton?
2. The other issue is the Michigan and Florida delegations. They are not to be seated and the candidates agreed not to campaign there, per party order, because those state parties held their primaries too soon. But Clinton wants those delegates anyway...
So...how do the Dems handle this situation? They are meeting to discuss it right now.