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This long primary season has been the absolute best thing to happen to the democratic party in a generation. Howard Dean's 50-state strategy has come to life in the primary precisely because we're fighting it out amongst ourselves to choose a nominee, not just in Iowa and New Hampshire anymore, but in South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and California and Texas and New York, and South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and,... well, maybe not Michigan.

And it's because of this process of engaging our own voters - and the independents who are newly registering as democrats and participating in droves - that we're going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House. Yearggghhh indeed.

But.

While I actually don't mind a bit that PA, NC, IN, and ETC. get a chance to be courted and to have their say, we are starting to see the continued primary having the potential to hurt the morale of both Obama and Clinton supporters. (Yes, this may seem obvious to some. But then again, it seemed obvious to some that we should have rallied around one or the other of the candidates a long time ago, and they were wrong.)

"Obama-Clinton 2008" - that's where I think this is headed. I would be happy with that, and so would an awful lot of people.

Originally posted to noweeman on Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 09:11 AM PDT.

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