March 5, 2008


Dem Race Could Be Decided By Party Elites (Ali Gharib, Mar 5, 2008, IPS)

The Democratic superdelegates, including members of congress, former high-level Democrats and party officials, are free to vote for whomever they please at the convention, and can change their pledges and promises at any point.

According to CNN's estimates, Clinton currently holds the superdelegate lead with 238 supporting her to Obama's 195.

Many critics fear that a clash that ends with the superdelegates choosing the candidate will likely disillusion voters who turned out at the polls only to have their voices trumped by party elites.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2008 11:55 AM

Of course their elite - their leading candidates are Ivy League lawyers.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2008 3:09 PM

Which raises an interesting point: is Bob Dole the only GOP nominee since Nixon to be a lawyer, while the Dems last 4 will be lawyers (was Dukakis one?)?

Posted by: oj at March 5, 2008 5:50 PM

Yes, Dukakis was Hahhhvahhhd Law, class of 60.

Tho HisGrandRoyalWarmingness only attended law school. Never took and degree, nor, obviously, practiced. Doubtful he ever could've passed the bar, even with daddy's tutors helping.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 5, 2008 9:11 PM

It is not just Chicago pride that causes me to note that neither John nor Cindy McCain is a lawyer, let alone an Ivy League lawyer. Bill and Hillary Clinton are both Yale Law alumni, and Barack and Michelle Obama are both Harvard Law alumni.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at March 5, 2008 11:03 PM

I wonder if Jim Webb, John Dingell, Jon Tester, and Mary Landrieu are super-delegates. Whom would they endorse? Not Obama, and voting for Hillary would surely damage them. Perhaps they could vote 'present'.

Posted by: ratbert at March 6, 2008 7:46 AM

'Present', now that's funny.

I beginning to believe somebody is seriously going to get their feelings hurt over their candidate not being picked by the super delegates, at a brokered convention if it gets to that.

Either blacks will stay home in protest at the slight, or female voters will go McCain. Anecdotally, the evidence is all over the place.

Posted by: Perry at March 6, 2008 9:07 AM