A modest proposal
After Super Tuesday, the race for the Democrat nomination looks deadlocked. Barack Obama clearly has the edge, in both money and momentum, and certainly in charisma, but Hillary Clinton still has powerful backers, a strong appeal to women, and greater depth of experience. It remains possible that the two will fight each other to a standstill, splitting the Democrats from top to bottom and ruining each other's chances in the process.
Here's a suggestion which any Democrats reading this might like to consider. Let them both run for President. If no clear winner emerges in the next few weeks, the Democratic Party should admit the fact, endorse both candidates, split the funding and the party machinery equitably between the two, and spin the indecision as a triumph of openness. We're just spoiled for choice, they should say.
Both, in their ways, are outstanding candidates. John McCain isn't. He has many fine qualities, and a history of courage both personal and political. But he's far too old, and looks it. Half the Republicans hate him anyway. The real battle is between the Democrats.
A strong contest between Clinton and Obama could make McCain look like a sideshow. Both would be free to play on their strengths, and appeal beyond the usual party loyalists. Obama especially.
If this happened, moreover, the most likely upshot would be that a dissenting Republican, perhaps Romney with his millions, would re-enter the race as an Independent.
It would be utterly compelling, invigorating, unpredictable and democratic.
Of course it won't happen. But it should.