Democratic Commission Recommends Elimination Of Superdelegates
Eighteen months removed from a protracted presidential primary fight, a Democratic group convened to examine the nominating process has recommended that so-called superdelegates be eliminated.
The Democratic Change Commission, which was formed last August by President Barack Obama, plans to recommend that superdelegates -- also known as unpledged delegates -- will be required to vote in accordance with the electoral performance of the state from which they represent.
"We need to show deference to what the party members in our state have done," said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the co-chairs of the commission.
The elimination of free-agent superdelegates comes in response to the outcry from many within the party during the 2008 primary fight when then Sen. Hillary Clinton made the argument to unpledged delegates that it was their responsibility to not vote as their state had voted but rather cast their votes for the candidate they thought would be the best person to represent the party.
Obama allies insisted this was an attempt to suborn the will of the people. Clinton loyalists shot back that the creation of superdelegates was for just such a purpose -- a close race in which the will of the people is very closely divided.
Excuse me, Mr. Ciliza, you seem to have transposed the names here. Perhaps a little trip down Memory Lane is in order. Just a suggestion:
The creation of superdelegates -- members of the Democratic National Committee, House Members and Senators and former party leaders -- in the early 1980s was designed to give the establishment of the Democratic party more say in the identity of the nominee. Since their creation, superdelegates had never been a serious factor in a presidential race until the 2008 contest.
The Commission included several Obama loyalists including Jeff Berman, who spearheaded the delegate operation for the campaign, and David Plouffe who managed the then Illinois Senator's candidacy.
North Carolina state Sen. Dan Blue, a member of the Commission, offered a dissenting voice on a call announcing the proposed changes. "There is no escape when something unforeseen occurs," said Blue of the potential consequences of eliminating unpledged delegates.
The Change Commission recommendations will now go before the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee.
Uh huh. Sure, it was ALL Clinton wanting superdelegates to "suborn" the will of the people. That would explain Massachusetts, for example. Oh, no, wait - she WON Massachusetts by a good bit, and BOTH Kennedy and Kerry went for, who,e xactly? That's right - OBAMA. How about West Virginia? Yep, she won it in a LANDSLIDE, and for whom did Byrd and Rockefeller go? Was it the one with the overwhelming win? No, they went to OBAMA, who tanked in WVA. And there would be California, another state Clinton won. One of her superdelegates switched to Obama after she won the state. And how about Speaker Pelosi - who did she favor? Clearly, Obama, even though Californians went for Clinton. Can't forget New Jersey, a state Clinton won, and the list goes on and on.
Don't even get me started on what happened at the Democratic National Convention and how the pledged delegates voted.
No doubt, the will of the people was "suborned" alright, but it sure as hell wasn't by Hillary Clinton. I think it is obvious who DID suborn the will of the people, though.
To believe that the DNC is capable of self-policing itself on this matter after this past election would be laughable, if it wasn't so damn hypocritical...
UPDATE: There are now 13 States Attorneys General questioning the legality of the Health "Care" Bill. You may recall that just a couple of days ago it was 10, including SC AG McMaster, who used the term, "corruption" in his description. This could get mighty interesting!