February 6, 2008
When you know that American democracy is really in trouble
At some point late last night, watching Chuck Todd's manful attempts to break down delegate counts according to congressional districts, some of which were apportioned proportionally while others were calculated on a winner-take-all basis, I commented to a fellow viewer that there's little wonder that many Americans don't follow politics closely, because it can be dauntingly baffling to the casual observer. "It's like cricket," he remarked. "There's a reason that Americans don't follow cricket. It's just so complicated."