Superdel Win Signals Change Dem Honchos Believe In

Victory in 'smoky backrooms of power' shows how country has shifted
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 9:30 AM CDT
Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters after his primary night rally Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in St. Paul, Minn.    (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama clinching the Democratic nomination is a major moment in history, Eric Easter writes in Ebony, and it is the superdelegate victory that signals the biggest shift in attitudes. The candidate's win among ordinary voters of all races is hugely significant, but it is the win in "the smoky backrooms of American power" that is the most telling sign that change has arrived.  

"These are the people who, quite frankly, stand the most to gain from a Democratic victory—choice government jobs, millions of dollars in federal contracts," Easter writes of the party bigwigs. "They made a strategic, dispassionate, coldly mathematical calculation that took into account their personal interests as well of those of the party—and still the sum of that algebra came totaled as Obama"
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