Paul Greenberg

What a contrast with the way presidential campaigns were once decided, with one ever more decisive primary following another to a grand climax - from little New Hampshire in February to crucial California in June.

Instead, this year's Democratic presidential nomination may have been largely decided before much of the electorate had a chance to see how each candidate reacted under the pressures of a long campaign with all its unforeseeable developments.

The moral of the story: Decide early, repent at leisure.

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.