Forget Bill Richardson. Forget Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry. Forget Bob Casey and Amy Klobuchar. Forget all of the Superdelegates lining up behind Barack Obama.
There's a more interesting symbol of what's happening among Democrats: 50 Cent.
Fiddy gave an interview recently in which he said he started out supporting Hillary and then switched to Obama after his speech about his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Now, however, Fiddy has drifted into the "Undecided" column.
Too bad he's not a Super. Hillary would be all over him like a cheap suit.
But while we roll our eyes at why anyone would care about what 50 Cent thinks, his indecision points to a bigger trend. There are still 257 Uncommitted Supers, and when one of them makes the big announcement about whom they are backing, it gets major media play. But most of them remain on the fence, Fiddy-like.
They are held suspended in mid-air. Of course they want to see whether there will be a clear winner after June 3. They can then offer their support to the victor without actually having to take a courageous stand. In the meantime, they are also trying to squeeze as much as they can from the two candidates. Horse-trading, bribery, whatever you want to call it, lives.
But there is also genuine Hamlet-like behavior happening. On the one hand, Obama leads in pledged delegates and popular vote. On the other, Hillary has won the big states. On the other, Obama has shown great reach, especially with young voters. On the other, Hillary might end up winning the popular vote. On the other...
Fiddy's indecision isn't as atypical as it first might seem. Remarkably, the Democrats have hip-hop as bellwether. As 50 Cent goes, so goes the Superdelegates.