February 7, 2008


Super Tuesday over, superdelegates enlisted (Josephine Hearn, Feb 7, 2008, Politico)

Virginia Rep. Jim] Moran is a superdelegate. And with the Super Tuesday results providing little daylight in the grueling race between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, both campaigns are redoubling their efforts to win Democratic bigwigs such as Moran on the off chance that these party insiders could wind up selecting the nominee.

In a quirk of the Democratic nominating process, 796 superdelegates get votes at the convention alongside more than 3,000 pledged delegates, and in some nominating contests, such as the 1984 battle between former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), superdelegates have been pivotal.

Superdelegates represent the established party leadership, including all the Democratic members of Congress, the governors, Democratic National Committee members and elder party leaders such as Mondale. Unlike the pledged delegates, superdelegates are not bound by the popular vote in their state.

They are free to make up their own minds.

And with that in mind, the Obama and Clinton campaigns are waging a pitched battle on Capitol Hill and beyond to put as many superdelegates as possible in their respective columns.

According to The Associated Press, as of Wednesday, Clinton had 1,000 delegates overall, including 213 superdelegates. Obama trailed her with 902 total delegates, 139 of them superdelegates.

What's their sales pitch to an anti-Semite?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2008 8:18 AM


Exactly how ignorant do you have to be to think that letting party leaders pick the nominee is a quirk?

If anything's a quirk, it's pretending to let the voters have a say.

Posted by: Ibid at February 7, 2008 9:28 AM

The democratic party primary madness is more bread and circuses to amuse the children. As they always do, party leaders will set the party line and then pass it on to the faithful. Just a little more Kennedy legacy still kicking around.

I don't think Republicans have super delegates.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2008 10:02 AM

I don't think Republicans have super delegates.

The Republicans did, maybe 12 years ago, add in three unpledged delegates per state-- party head, national committeeman, and national committeewoman. They make up a much smaller percentage of the total than on the Democratic side-- 150 delegates out of 2300, rather than the 20% that they form on the Democratic side, but they do exist. They're much less likely to make a difference, though.

Posted by: John Thacker at February 7, 2008 5:07 PM

Is Billy McKinney a superdelegate, too?

Posted by: ratbert at February 8, 2008 2:07 AM
Post a comment

To facilitate discussions in the comments, we require a name be submitted with your comments.

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)