2008 “Hell to Pay”
posted by March 26 at 9:45 AMon
A Southern governor is warning about “hell to pay” if there’s a certain outcome in the Democratic nomination fight. You might think that this worrisome outcome would be an Obama nomination that further erodes the Democrats’ standing among working class Southern whites.
No. The Southern governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen, is talking about “hell to pay” if superdelegates overturn the decisions of a majority of pledged delegates (who currently favor Obama). He’s talking, in other words, about infuriating the large number of Democratic-leaning African-American voters in the south. And he has a plan:
If Obama were denied the nomination by Democratic insiders after winning the party’s popular vote, Bredesen said, “There would be hell to pay in the party for a long time to come.”
Bredesen is doing something about his concerns. He was in Washington this week to promote his idea for holding a “superdelegate primary” in June, in which the 795 party bigwigs would gather to hear one last time from Clinton and Obama before casting a final vote.
Rather than allow the horse-trading and bloodletting go on all summer, he’d get it over with during a two-day business meeting in a neutral, easily reached city like Dallas.
“Invite the candidates to come and talk if they want, and then literally call the roll,” he explained. “We should not go through the summer and have a divided and exhausted Democratic Party. The inescapable conclusion is: OK, you’ve got to find some way to bookend and bring it to closure earlier. How do you do that? Do it in June rather than August.”