Time‘s Joe Klein has a plan. What if, and it’s a big if, the superdelegates put their heads together and decided to deny the necessary votes to Obama and Clinton and instead, give them to Al Gore? It’s not against the rules, and according to Klein, it might just work…

Is Big Al the answer?: …let’s play a little. Let’s say the elders of the Democratic Party decide, when the primaries end, that neither Obama nor Clinton is viable. Let’s also assume—and this may be a real stretch—that such elders are strong and smart enough to act. All they’d have to do would be to convince a significant fraction of their superdelegate friends, maybe fewer than 100, to announce that they were taking a pass on the first ballot at the Denver convention, which would deny the 2,025 votes necessary to Obama or Clinton. What if they then approached Gore and asked him to be the nominee, for the good of the party—and suggested that he take Obama as his running mate? Of course, Obama would have to be a party to the deal and bring his 1,900 or so delegates along. — Joe Klein, Time

A new way of consuming news: It is not news that young politically minded viewers are turning to alternative sources like YouTube, Facebook and late-night comedy shows like The Daily Show. But that is only the beginning of how they process information. According to interviews and recent surveys, younger voters tend to be not just consumers of news and current events but conduits as well — sending out e-mailed links and videos to friends and their social networks. And in turn, they rely on friends and online connections for news to come to them. In essence, they are replacing the professional filter — reading The Washington Post, clicking on CNN.com — with a social one. — The New York Times

The Krazy Glue moment: Why do some political missteps haunt their candidates forever, while others are easily put to rest? John Kerry saying he voted for the war before he voted against it, or Howard Dean screeching on a stage in Iowa, instantly becomes the stuff of political history, but when George W. Bush admits that he was once arrested for driving under the influence, it immediately fades into obscurity. Some politicians, as they used to say of Ronald Reagan, seem coated in Teflon, while others seem covered in Krazy Glue, unable to shake the stickiness of what seem like minor embarrassments. — Matt Bai, The Caucus, The NY Times

An evangelical confesses: The right will destroy the reputation of anyone and any group associated with them. Is this what evangelicals want to be identified with? Do they really buy into the FOX/Buchanan/Kristol/Limbaugh-type lies that can be summed up as: Obama hates America! Michelle Obama hates America! Obama’s pastor hates all white people! If Obama wins, the terrorists win! Al Qaeda loves Obama! Obama is a Muslim! Okay, he’s not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, but the wrong kind! His pastor hates America! Blacks rape more white women! A few evangelicals (unlike the “progressive” Clintons!) have distanced themselves from the hate mongers. — Frank Schaeffer, The Huffington Post

The popular vote’s a myth: If you do the math, you quickly come to the conclusion that neither candidate, barring some truly unexpected landslide, is going to win this nomination on the basis of pledged delegates alone. As the rules structure it, there is no “will of the people,” or at least not one strong enough to support a nominee. Unless you want to change the rules in the middle of the game, the fact is that it will be up to the superdelegates to do what they were put there to do: decide who is most electable, and cast their votes accordingly. — Susan Estrich, RealClearPolitics

The political cost of primping: The conversation was about how tiring it must be to run for president, and someone—a woman—said that on top of everything else, Hillary Clinton has to spend an hour and a half getting ready for each day’s campaigning. She didn’t mean studying her notes and making sure she knows the name of the mayor of McKeesport, Pa. She meant doing her hair, putting on her makeup, deciding what to wear—or at least thinking about it, even if she has someone else to decide for her. — Michael Kinsley, Slate

That’s America: It’s not just Barack Obama in the news, ladies and gentlemen, his lovely and gracious wife, lovely and angry wife, Michelle (My Belle) Obama. A YouTube video of her has surfaced of a speech that she gave January 23rd, 2008, and in it she sounds like Rosalynn Carter. Remember when Rosalynn Carter, talking about Ronald Reagan, said, “He makes us comfortable with our prejudices.” This infuriated me. Here was Rosalynn Carter saying Reagan’s a bigot and a racist and a sexist and all those cliches that they attach to conservatives, but he’s so sweet and he’s got such an engaging personality, he’s so charismatic that he makes us comfortable with our prejudices, as though prejudices that liberals hold are the fault of conservatives. Michelle (My Belle) Obama said pretty much the same thing on January 23rd, 2008, in Columbia, South Carolina.Rush Limbaugh

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