Unfortunately, he is often times the only grown up making any sense on the MSNBC shows. If Pat left I'd never watch that channel. Heck, they'd have nothing to "debate". It would Maddow, Olbermann, Matthews, Robinson, et al opining on the glorious Obama. Boring!
So, in the end, Pat is like an old uncle who sometimes says things that just aren't right.
I reject your framing that Obama has more of a right to the nomination than does HRC. Personally, I couldn't care less about him winning more states (OH is worth 10 WY) or his tricking people be a "Democrat-for-a-Day".
As the Obama people like to say, rules are rules. According to the rules the SDs can vote for whomever they like. Everyone just has to deal with it whether they like it or not.
And how are you defining "winning" if he hasn't secured the requisite pledged delegates to secure the nomination? Heck, HRC is winning among the popular vote of DEMOCRATS! And if he is winning so handily why doesn't he want the voices of the people of MI and FL to be heard? Inconsistency much?
Dude, here is a news flash for you: Either candidate will need the SDs in order to get the nomination.
Now, why is it more offensive for HRC to win with SDs than it is for BHO?
The fact is, the voters have been torn. If your guy was so clearly the choice of Democrats he would have won the darn thing already? He would be able to win in states crucial for a Democrat to win the White House - PA, OH. He wouldn't be afraid to allow the voters of MI and FL to be heard!
If the supers pick him it will be out of guilt. He will not be a viable GE candidate. I'm sorry, but thems the breaks.
By implication you are saying the Obama's base, the college kids, Blacks and the white elite, don't care about the issues.
I think this is very simple. Barack is no longer the "uniter" his supporters think he is. If he can't unite the Democratic party for him how can he claim to be able to unite the country? The Wright fiasco has forever tainted him. Can you really think of Obama now without thinking about his crazed pastor? You think the majority of American voters will just give him a pass on that? I don't. He doesn't have a chance in the general election.
I doubt they have anything we, and the American public, haven't heard and dismissed before.
With Obama this is all new and newsworthy. With Clinton it is been there, done that. She can turn to them and say, "There you go again" then pivot to the issues. Obama will be stuck trying to dig himself out to prevent them from defining him. In a matter of days the Republican machine has successfully defined him as the Black candidate!