Alan Wolfe, writing in the Washington Post, argues that the real winner of the protracted Democratic primary process has been "democracy."
He points out that Vice President Hubert Humphrey won the Democratic nod in 1968 without entering a single primary. And he points out that Sen Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen Barack Obama (D-IL) will each have weathered 55 primaries or caucuses by the time a nominee has been tapped this year.
He also points out that the Guam caucuses had more influence this year than the New York primary had in '68.
Mr Wolfe also points to the millions of new voters who registered to take part in the races that came to their states.
He suggests the long fight has actually been helpful to Democrats. (WaPo)