Experts Expound

The Experts Expound

Is it time for everybody to learn about Puerto Rico's politics? With 63 winner-take-all Democratic delegates – more than Oklahoma, Connecticut and South Carolina – will Puerto Rico decide the Democratic presidential race on June 7?

Puerto Rico lo hace mejor!

If Puerto Rico has that much clout, why not make it the 51st state? If folks are concerned about symmetry (the 50 thingie, y'know), just swap it out for Oklahoma. Nobody – nobody – is gonna miss Oklahoma, not even Rogers and Hammerstein. Besides, all the Oklahomans of note now live in California.

Advantage Hillary. Just about every Puerto Rican has ties to New York, and Clinton has their hearts and wallets.

Could be. It would be fitting that an Hispanic territory decides a race between a woman and an African American.

Now wouldn't that be the ultimate Democratic irony: Voters who can't vote in November might decide who the nominee is! Also, there seems to be some confusion about whether the Puerto Rico caucus process really is winner-take-all.

Yes, and it would be good to spend some time there finding out what politics they care about. It is going to be a long two months.

Republicans should be so lucky. We'd end up running against a Democratic nominee who'd come out for Puerto Rican statehood. Puerto Rico won't decide the Democratic nomination, but Florida and Michigan "do-overs" might.

I sure hope not! I think much of the nation is ready for the Democratic primary to be done already.

Forget Puerto Rico. The real hidden hand is in China, the nation whose agents secretly indoctrinated a captive John McCain for future service as a Manchurian Candidate. One call to the Oval Office, one secret code word uttered, and it's Bombs Away.

Wouldn't Lou Dobbs just love it if it really works out that way?

The people from whom we sought opinions: Andrew Acosta, A.G. Block, Mark Bogetich, Barry Brokaw, Morgan Crinklaw, J. Dale Debber, Peter DeMarco, Jim Evans, Kathy Fairbanks, Jeff Fuller, Rex Frazier, Ken Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Deborah Gonzalez, Sandy Harrison, Bob Hertzberg, Jason Kinney, Mike Madrid, Nicole Mahrt, Steve Maviglio, Adam Mendelsohn, Barbara O'Connor, Bill Packer, Kassy Perry, Jack Pitney, Adam Probolsky, Tony Quinn, Matt Rexroad, Matt Ross, Roger Salazar, Dan Schnur, Will Shuck, Ralph Simoni, Sam Sorich, Ray Sotero, Gary South, Kevin Spillane, Rich Zeiger.

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