How About We Settle This in Private?

The Comparison
With the fate of the Clinton-Obama contest all but in the hands of the party's superdelegates, history buffs are reminded of another close election in which the outcome was decided by politicians: 1824, when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the election in the House after Henry Clay agreed to support John Quincy Adams.

Why It Works
Obama's failure to close out Clinton despite his popular vote cushion is similar to Jackson's predicament. If Clinton wins by way of superdelegates, Obama would likely echo Jackson's charge of a "corrupt bargain" in which the establishment silenced the people. And, as Jackson did, he could use it as a platform to run in four years.

Why It Doesn't
The superdelegates will decide who gets to challenge John McCain, not who will be president, as the House did in 1824. Adams and Jackson were also both Democratic-Republicans, then the only major political party. Most significantly, the comparison only holds up if Clinton wins, and that appears unlikely at the moment.