- Why is the media in such a rush to declare a winner?
If we can wait 24 hours to find out who is going home on "American Idol," certainly we can wait much longer to get accurate election data.
And if reporters cannot properly calculate the delegate assignments, shouldn’t they wait until the party officials provide the correct count?
Our form of government depends on three principles: adherence to the Constitution as the highest authority in the land; the informed consent of the governed; and an accurate count of the votes cast by the governed. Rushing to judgment in an election is not just careless, it threatens the very foundations of our Democracy.
More immediately, the media’s haste is threatening the Democrats’ chances of winning in November by prolonging an increasingly bitter contest, even though one candidate (Obama) maintains a nearly unsurpassable lead in delegates.