Monday, February 25, 2008

Great Editorial By Ferraro

This is an excellent editorial by Geraldine Ferraro on the whole role of SuperDelegates, how they came into being, and what their role is supposed to be. She also makes some VERY interesting observations about the role cross-over voting is making for the Democratsic nominee (I'll give you a hint as to how it is playing out - Clinton actually won the Democratic votes in Wisconsin). Among other things she wrote, there is this:

"Besides, the delegate totals from primaries and caucuses do not necessarily reflect the will of rank-and-file Democrats. Most Democrats have not been heard from at the polls. We have all been impressed by the turnout for this year’s primaries — clearly both candidates have excited and engaged the party’s membership — but, even so, turnout for primaries and caucuses is notoriously low. It would be shocking if 30 percent of registered Democrats have participated.

If that is the case, we could end up with a nominee who has been actively supported by, at most, 15 percent of registered Democrats. That’s hardly a grassroots mandate."

For her informative editorial, there is a link below. I commend it to you.

Got a Problem? Ask the Super

Published: February 25, 2008, NY Times
"AS the race for the Democratic presidential nomination nears its end and attention turns to the role of so-called superdelegates in choosing the nominee, it is instructive to look at why my party created this class of delegates."

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