early and often

Barack Obama Clinches Nomination After Conspicuously Less Arduous Primary Race

US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, on March 30, 2012. Obama is on a day trip to Vermont and Maine to attend campaign events.
Obama confidently rolls up his sleeves. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Despite facing such vaunted opponents as boot-as-hat wearer Vermin Supreme — an early favorite among the Democratic Party’s small but active boot-as-hat-wearing contingent — incumbent President Barack Obama managed to clinch his second presidential nomination last night after securing a majority of his party’s delegates with wins in the Washington D.C. and Maryland primaries. Though Obama’s road to the nomination this time around was noticeably smoother than it was in 2008, it was not completely free of potholes. Obama’s viability was severely tested in Oklahoma, for example, where he lost nearly a third of the vote to crooner Randall Terry and possible California Gold Rush participant Jim Rogers. Nevertheless, Obama is now assuredly moving on to the general election, which is expected to be slightly more competitive.

Obama Clinches Democratic Party Nomination