Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What is a delegate, and why does it matter?

Political strategists on both sides of the Democratic primary have begun to quietly discuss the ever-increasing possibility that the nomination process could be a long and protracted one. If you're at all unclear about what delegates are and why they matter more than the popular vote, get up to speed now so that you'll be able to make sense of the stories to come. CNN's interactive (read: colorful and clickable, not at all like your high school civics book) Delegate Explainer is a great place to start.

Once you have a handle on delegates, we can discuss that mystical curiosity of democracy known as SUPERDELEGATES. Look for that in coming days (unless, of course, you are one, in which case Chelsea Clinton may be calling you for breakfast).