Superly Automatic Delegates

Posted by Mike Merritt in Election 2008, Politics on

You know, between what Clinton’s staffer said today, and my discovery of McCain’s vote yesterday, maybe my decision will be made before the primaries are over!

So, I was reading an entry over at The Moderate Voice about what one Clinton adviser said about the rest of the primaries.  Actually, the original source is a Fox News story:

A top Hillary Clinton adviser on Saturday boldly predicted his candidate would lock down the nomination before the August convention by definitively winning over party insiders and officials known as superdelegates, claiming the number of state elections won by rival Barack Obama would be “irrelevant” to their decision.

Arrogance!  Plain and freaking simple.  Now, I’m not naive.  I know the Clinton campaign has been playing on arrogance for a while now.  However, to say that you’re betting on the superdelegates handing your boss the nomination, almost accepting the idea that you’re not going to win by pledged delegates alone, is ludicrous.

Lets look at things here.  Right now, both candidates are more or less in a deadheat in terms of pledged delegates.  Obama has more states, but Clinton has more largely populated states.   The real fear some have is that this trend will continue until the Convention in August.  That neither candidate will have the 2025 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination outright.  Then the superdelegates will have to waltz in, and probably become divided amongst themselves.  That’s where it seems with them right now.  That we’ll have about as much of a divided vote amongst them as we will amongst the two candidates.

I sure hope not.  I want one of the candidates to reach 2025 by the convention, and preferably, before the convention.  I don’t want there to be this fight amongst the superdelegates to give somebody the nomination.  And what if the delegates give the nomination to the person without the most amount of pledged delegates?  If that happens, the Democrats can kiss good bye their slogan of being the party of the little guy.  Why?  Because the elites of the party will have just pushed the little guy out of the way.

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