What Does the Muddle Mean?
By Joel Achenbach
Still crunching numbers here, looking at absentees in American Samoa, reading the exits from Alaska, etc., and the one obvious conclusion is that the contest for the Democratic nomination may be decided by the very frightening Credentials Committee mentioned yesterday by Howard Dean. The Credentials Committee will try to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates at the convention, even though they are supposed to be punished for their jumping-the-gun impunity. That will, in turn, incite lawsuits galore -- really apocalyptic stuff with heavy hitters emerging from the Palm and the Capitol Grille to let fly with legal briefs that will curl the hair on your back. And that legal case will surely go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Which means that, as in 2000 with Gore v. Bush, it's going to come down to the whim of Justice Scalia.
Don't be shocked if at the end of this whole thing, the Bush family declares martial law.
Someone find out where Jeb is.
[As a journalist, you have to think ahead, anticipate the next story, get in position to pounce on news the moment it rears its nasty little head. I'm on the next plane to Florida.]
Look at your map for a moment, and discern the pattern: Clinton won New York, but Obama won Illinois. Clinton won New Jersey, but Obama won Georgia. Clinton won Oklahoma, but Obama won Colorado. Clinton won Arizona, but Obama won Utah. Clinton won California, but Obama won Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Delaware and a bunch of other small ankle-biter states that could make California run to higher ground. And so on.
Pattern: A perfect muddle.
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