Sunday, February 17, 2008

Selected, not elected?

I heard a rather interesting fact on the news yesterday. Apparently, even if either Sens. Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton won every single elected delegate remaining in the race (which is virtually impossible since the Democrats allocate them proportionally), neither would have the majority need to win the nomination. So that means the "superdelegates" will decide the race.

"Superdelegates" are basically Democratic elected officials and other establishment figures. They were created to make sure the party establishment had a modicum of control of the unwashed masses that make up their rank-and-file.

I believe that if either candidate has a comfortable lead going into the convention, the "superdelegates" won't overrule the will of their voters. It would cause an uprising in the party and probably kill them in November.

But if the vote is relatively close, these appointed figures will decide the race. Which is precisely their raison d'etre, don't forget.

And given Hillary's status as an establishment tool and her husband's status as as person to whom surely a lot of favors are owed, I have no doubt that in a close race, the "superdelegates" will tip the balance for Hillary... regardless of who won more of the elected delegates.

Essentially, "superdelegates" are the electoral college of the Democratic Party. And they could easily give the nomination to Hillary even if Obama was the deserved winner.

All the people who voted for Obama will feel like their vote was stolen by party insiders. It's a big risk and would split the party. But will a party that's under the control of lobbyists have the guts to against the person who's far and away the lobbyists' favorite candidate?

If not, then the party that has spent the last year eight years whining that the current president was selected not elected may well have a nominee of their own who'll be exactly that.


Anonymous said...

Like I have been saying in my blog and now the Post Star agrees a lot like Sandy Tredwell getting his spot.

Mark said...

It's not fair to say that a superdelegate turnout in favor of one candidate would make it "stolen." There is a reason for such delegates, and frankly, the party is allowed to set its own rules.
If you want to talk about theft, look at the FL and MI delegate controversies. If those delegates are seated in favor of Hillary, THAT is serious BS.