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  • Party insiders give Clinton early, commanding delegate edge

    11/13/2015 9:07:20 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2015 | AP
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has locked up public support from half of the Democratic insiders who cast ballots at the party's national convention, giving her a commanding advantage over her rivals for the party's presidential nomination. Clinton's margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is striking. Not only is it big, but it comes more than two months before primary voters head to the polls -- an early point in the race for so many of the people known as superdelegates to publicly back a candidate. The Associated Press contacted all 712 superdelegates in the past...
  • Why don’t Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just quit?

    04/06/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jonathan Renshon, Jennifer Lerner and Philip Tetlock,
    [SNIP] ...For candidates such as Santorum and Gingrich, a loss would be highly public. When you’re the exciting new candidate, you’re likely to focus on the endless possibilities, and optimism rules the day. But when the polls turn against you, the fear of failure starts to weigh more heavily. Despite whatever they go on to do, the stigma of losing can be nearly impossible to shake. For example, a Los Angeles Times headline last summer read “Failed presidential candidate Al Gore attacks winning candidate Obama over his environment policies.” The story had nothing to do with campaigning, yet Gore was...
  • Scarborough: 'No One' In GOP Establishment Thinks Romney Will Beat Obama

    04/04/2012 5:37:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 112 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Unemployment stubbornly over 8%. His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court. The "flexibility" moment with Putin's pawn. Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you? It does to Joe Scarborough, and according to him, to every other member of the Republican establishment. On Morning Joe today, Scarborough said that while they won't admit it on TV, "no one" in the GOP establishment believes Mitt Romney will beat Barack Obama in the general election. View the video here.
  • Delegate Math (Romney EASILY wins 3 man race by Splitting South – Mathematical Proof)

    03/10/2012 10:30:24 AM PST · by parksstp · 44 replies
    Delegate Math Calculator ^ | 03-10-2012 | parksstp
    If you have crunched the numbers like I have, it’s very hard to see how Romney is denied the 1,144 delegates in a 3 man race. This is because in a 2-man race in the Southern states, Romney would be shut out of most delegates, whereas now with the Anti-Romney vote split, he is taking 1/3 or better of the delegates. This will in fact get him to 1,144 based on even the most pessimistic scenarios. Consider the following: Romney has acquired about 407 delegates in the following states (Endorsed Superdelegates are included in the totals) IA (7), NH(7), SC(2),...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Democratic Party to Keep Controversial Superdelegates

    08/02/2010 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Newsweak ^ | August 2, 2010
    A reform effort to take away party bigwigs’ presidential-nominating power suffers a setback. Before 2008, your average American might not have known what a Democratic Party superdelegate was. But that year these mysterious party insiders became a feature of the daily news cycle as the fierce presidential-primary battle swept across the country. In a neck-and-neck race, the party confronted the very real possibility that these unelected delegates to its national convention might support Hillary Clinton in sufficient numbers to give her the nomination, despite Barack Obama’s slim but indisputable lead among pledged delegates, who are assigned by the results of...
  • Democrats may take power from superdelegates

    12/30/2009 8:57:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,164+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/09 | Chris Cillizza
    Eighteen months removed from a protracted presidential primary fight, a group of Democrats gathered by President Obama has recommended that the party effectively eliminate the influence of so-called superdelegates by redefining their voting power. The Democratic Change Commission, which was convened last August to examine the nominating process, is recommending that superdelegates -- also known as unpledged delegates -- be required to vote along with the electoral majority of their state. "We need to show deference to what the party members in our state have done," said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the co-chairmen of the commission.
  • Clinton expected to release delegates Wednesday

    08/24/2008 2:39:16 PM PDT · by justlurking · 88 replies · 511+ views
    AP ^ | 2008-08-24 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    Link only.
  • Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates (In 2012)

    08/20/2008 5:16:13 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies · 137+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 20, 2008 | Dan Balz
    Barack Obama's campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during the long battle between Obama and Hillary Clinton. The commission also will be urged to redraw the calendar for 2012 to avoid starting the primaries and caucuses so early, and also to look specifically at assuring more uniform rules and standards for those caucuses.
  • Arkansas - Possible Shooting at Democratic Party Headquarters in LR

    08/13/2008 10:15:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 268 replies · 457+ views
    arkansasmatters.com ^ | August 13, 2008
    Shortly before noon Wednesday, a possible shooting was reported at the State Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock. Dozens of police cars are on the scene at 1300 West Capitol, and at least one ambulance was seen leaving as KARK 4 crews arrived. MEMS ambulance officials confirm one person was transported to the hospital from the scene. Shortly after noon, police were reported to be in pursuit of a suspect in the incident on a Little Rock interstate. ~ snip ~
  • (Arkansas Dem Chairman)Gwatney was tough, but politically astute

    08/13/2008 8:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 201+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 13, 2008 | Chuck Bartels
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The seriousness Bill Gwatney brought to his political maneuvering was absent as he advertised his three car dealerships. He sometimes hoisted a giant inflatable dragon atop a showroom and dubbed it "Gwatzilla." The name followed him to the state Senate, where he built a reputation for being tough and outspoken, but also detailed and fiscally astute. "I'm abrupt," Gwatney once told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "I have a zero threshold for insignificant facts. I will cut people off if they don't answer my question." Gwatney, who served stints as an Arkansas state senator and chairman of the...
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Admitted to Huron Hospital

    08/19/2008 11:33:26 PM PDT · by John W · 43 replies · 183+ views
    Cleeland Plain-Dealer ^ | August 19, 2008 | Sarena McRae
    Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was admitted to Huron Hospital in East Cleveland Tuesday tonight. The family requested that the hospital not release any information about her condition. The Cleveland Heights police department is to put out a news release in the morning about the incident. WOIO Channel 19 is reporting that Tubbs Jones was behind the wheel of a car moving fast in Cleveland Heights. Police tried to pull her over but she was unconscious. Nicole Williams, spokeswoman for the 11th District congresswoman, had no information about the incident.
  • Gunman fatally shoots Ark. Dem. Party chairman

    08/13/2008 3:54:14 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 42 replies · 219+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/13/08 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters and opened fire Wednesday, fatally shooting the state party chairman before speeding off in his pickup. Police later shot and killed the suspect after a 30-mile chase. Police said they don't know the motive for the 51-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released. However, they said moments after the shooting, he pointed a handgun at the building manager at the nearby the Arkansas Baptist headquarters. He told the manager "I lost my job," said Dan Jordan, a Baptist convention official. Chairman Bill Gwatney died four hour...
  • Could Obama still lose the nomination? (Maybe!)

    08/07/2008 1:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 208+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 07, 2008 | Denis Keohane
    Will Hillary outsmart Obama and take the nomination at the last minute? Many of us familiar with Hillary Clinton's approach to achieving her goals refused to believe that she ever gave up all hope of winning the nomination and the presidency. Her words and actions on the subject of the convention itself always left the door open for a return, should Obama falter or suffer some calamity.  Her artful evasions were enough to lull journalists and (more importantly) Obama and his supporters into the presumption of inevitability. No further rumblings of a mass protest in Denver should the first black candidate be denied his...
  • "Another Last Gasp for Clinton"

    08/06/2008 8:19:57 PM PDT · by LUV W · 48 replies · 161+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08-06-2008 | Fox News
    "Hillary Clinton told a group of supporters recently that she has not yet decided whether she will put her name in for a roll-call vote at the Democratic convention in Denver later this month.......Never count Hitlery out!
  • Obama says give Fla. and Mich. delegates full vote

    08/03/2008 3:40:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 177+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/3/8 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination for president, he wants convention delegates from Florida and Michigan to have full voting rights at the party's national convention. Obama sent a letter Sunday to the party's credentials committee, asking members to reinstate the delegates' voting rights when the committee meets at the start of the convention in Denver. The delegates were originally stripped because the two states violated party rules by holding primaries before Feb. 5. The delegates from each state were given half-votes at a contentious party meeting in May, as part of a compromise...
  • Hillary's PUMA supporters dissed by DNC

    Not much love between the Obamites and the Hillary PUMAs..to say the least! See thread content below: (7-28-08) Negative Super Responses to PumaPac (PumaPac) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PumaPAC is collecting all responses from Supers and the DNC that are ..hum...less then respectful to the voter expressing their opinion and/or asking that they continue to, or switch, support to HRC, as well as work to allow her name to be placed in nomination. Plans are being made to use them as the GE draws closer. If you are a PumaPAC member you have the addy they asked these types of responses be mailed...
  • WI Democrats Oust Delegate Over McCain Support

    07/25/2008 2:45:30 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 611+ views
    Madistan.com ^ | July 25, 2008 | Ryan Foley
    MADISON, WI -- Wisconsin Democrats on Friday ousted a delegate to their national convention for saying she would vote for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain in November.Embarrassed by a defection in their ranks, the Wisconsin Democratic Party's administrative committee voted 23-0 to strip Debra Bartoshevich of her status as a delegate to the Denver convention next month. Bartoshevich was elected by party activists as a pledged delegate for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton from the 1st Congressional District in southeastern Wisconsin. But after Clinton dropped out of the race, Bartoshevich told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she would support McCain over...
  • Democrat supporting McCain expected to be stripped of her delegate status

    07/23/2008 8:19:42 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 86 replies · 175+ views
    The Journal Times ^ | 7/22/08 | Lindsay Fiori
    Debra Bartoshevich received e-mail notification Monday evening about a conference call to decide her fate as a delegate. Rachel Strauch-Nelson, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said the group also tried to reach Bartoshevich by phone Monday afternoon. The conference call will take place Friday and Bartoshevich will have an opportunity to explain why she should remain a delegate despite her reported endorsement for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. ORIGINAL STORY: Members of Wisconsin’s Democratic Party will vote Friday on the delegate status of Debra Bartoshevich, a Democratic National Convention delegate from Waterford who has publicly supported Republican...
  • Denver surprise with Hillary as nominee? The rumor mill rumbles of supers changing to HRC

    07/16/2008 5:36:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 123 replies · 144+ views
    floppingaces.net ^ | July 16, 2008 | MataHarley
    Caught this via a Luciannne to Alegre’s Corner to Powerline link… all hitting the blogosphere yesterday. Politico documents the DNC happy face is all but that under the surface. It appears that the DNC leadership is feeling left out in the cold with BHO not checking in to coordinate his campaign talking points with them. And as the party leadership smiles, their underling staffers are whining: Privately, however, there is a different message coming from some Democratic quarters on the Hill and on K Street. Some Democratic leadership staffers complain that, having defeated the vaunted Clinton political machine in the...
  • Breaking: Eight Supers Switching to Hillary(operating chaos PUMA!)

    07/15/2008 8:39:40 PM PDT · by maccaca · 81 replies · 142+ views
    Big news folks - it looks like our efforts in contacting those Superdelegates are starting to pay off, so keep on writing to them (ok, maybe Donna B's a waste of time). There are unconfirmed reports, based on phone banking efforts to reach out to Super Ds, that eight previously Obama SDs expressed that, given the opportunity, they would vote for Hillary at the convention. I heard about an interview Will Bower of PUMA did recently, where he said delegates are starting to say they'll vote for Hillary in Denver if the DNC did the right thing and ran an...
  • Reining in the Superdelegates

    06/13/2008 7:24:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 113+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 13, 2008 | Bartle Bull
    Well-meaning, often first-time voters gush that it has been exciting that at last they could choose either a black or a woman... race and gender have emerged as credentials of their own... The undemocratic processes of the Democratic party, normally confined to urban political machines like Chicago's, have been enhanced this year by the party's manipulations in Florida and Michigan, and in the cynical system of superdelegates... The Democratic nominee has stated that the Iraq war already has been lost. Despite this falsehood, Mr. Obama declares that it is the president who has misled our country. Although he has the...
  • How Many Rights Are Democrats Willing to Forfeit?

    06/06/2008 5:44:02 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 23 replies · 67+ views
    Family Decurity Matters ^ | 6 June 2008 | Frank Salvato
    How Many Rights Are Democrats Willing to Forfeit? by Frank Salvato With the announcement that Hillary Clinton is abandoning her quest for the Oval Office the Democrat National Committee (DNC) - and specifically the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee - has effectively selected the candidate for their party. I say selected because, by construct, the decision making process was taken away from the party faithful and placed in the hands of an elitist class of party insiders. These party insiders - superdelegates and the DNC Executive Committee - have literally usurped the will of the people by marginalizing the popular...
  • The Great Migration (24 of Hillary's closest supporters move to Obama)

    06/05/2008 3:43:38 PM PDT · by prolifefirst · 14 replies · 58+ views
    The Real Clear Politics Blog ^ | 6/5/08 | Tom Bevan
    Some of Clinton's closest supporters - the nearly two dozen House Democrats from her home state of New York - switched their endorsements to Obama Thursday.
  • MI Governor Sticking with Clinton For Now

    06/05/2008 3:06:31 PM PDT · by Kieri · 16 replies · 172+ views
    MLive/AP ^ | 06/05/08
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm isn't switching her support quite yet to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry both endorsed New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton last October. They're among seven Michigan Democratic superdelegates who backed Clinton. Fifteen support Obama, with one more expected to endorse Friday. Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said Thursday that, while the governor has made it clear she'll support the Democratic nominee, she won't make a formal statement supporting Obama until after Clinton announces a decision on her campaign. Clinton plans to hold an event in Washington...
  • Superdelegates can switch

    06/05/2008 5:12:02 AM PDT · by Man50D · 29 replies · 94+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 04, 2008 | Patrick Casey
    According to the media, Barack Obama has won the Democratic Presidential nomination (Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket). That's only true if you count the so-called superdelegates. Neither Barack Obama (1750) nor Hillary Clinton (1624.5) has won enough elected delegates from the popular vote in the actual primaries and caucuses to hit the delegate number needed (2118) to seal the nomination. That brings us to the one important thing that the major media (but not AT) aren't sharing with the public right now. Obama's nomination is secured only by the promised votes of the...
  • Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices... force end to Clinton bid

    06/04/2008 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Old Phone Man · 29 replies · 104+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday -- and thus end the now hopeless, onetime front-running campaign of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination victory to Barack Obama, who's gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party's nomination. Howard Dean, right, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dean, Pelosi, Reid set Friday deadline for superdelegates' choices,

    06/04/2008 5:18:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 48 replies · 45+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 4, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    With the final primary concluded barely hours before, top Democratic Party leaders in Washington early this morning ratcheted up the pressure to force all remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make their choice of candidate known by Friday The joint statement was obviously pre-planned and timed for issue shortly after Clinton refused to concede the presidential nomination's victory to Barack Obama, who's gained sufficient delegates to clinch the party's nomination. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Assn., issued the brief...
  • Senate superdelegates keep powder dry

    06/03/2008 4:42:12 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 8 replies · 62+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/3/08 | AMIE PARNES
    Uncommitted Senate superdelegates say they are unlikely to weigh in with endorsements for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) until Wednesday at the earliest. The remaining superdelegates in the Senate say they are holding out in the final hours of the Democratic presidential primary mostly to see what their other colleague, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), chooses to do, and how she decides to move forward in the next 24 hours. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who has not yet endorsed either Obama or Clinton, urged the 17 other uncommitted superdelegates in his chamber to “keep their decision in their pocket” for...
  • Superdelegates predict quick primary end

    06/02/2008 8:50:45 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 28 replies · 71+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/2/08 | AMIE PARNES & CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    As the Democratic nomination marathon neared a potential finish line, key senators said the results of Tuesday’s South Dakota and Montana primaries will have a domino effect on uncommitted superdelegates – quite possibly clinching the nomination for Barack Obama. “We want this locked up sooner rather than later,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who has remained undeclared. “Let’s have the nominee and let’s move on. That’s the common thread among the uncommitted superdelegates. … I will be ready after tomorrow night.” With only 31 total pledged delegates at stake in the two states, Obama cannot win enough in the final...
  • Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates

    06/02/2008 10:57:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 95+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/2/8 | JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer
    Rapid City, S.D. (AP) -- As Barack Obama turns to concentrate on his general election challenge, his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting a last ditch campaign to stay relevant in what is left of the Democratic presidential contest. The former first lady enters this week with an insurgent strategy not only to win over undecided superdelegates but to peel away Obama's support from those party leaders and elected officials who already have committed to back him for the nomination. "One thing about superdelegates is that they can change their minds," she told reporters aboard her campaign plane Sunday night....
  • What Is an Uncommitted Democratic “Superdelegate”?

    06/02/2008 8:19:33 AM PDT · by Positive · 18 replies · 55+ views
    6/2/2008 | Self
    First we should know that “Superdelegates” is media short-hand for “Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates” who are anointed by March 1, 2008. Then there are the unpledged Add-On Delegates. These Delegates amount to something on the order of 20% of the total Delegates to the convention. Based on the remaining number of “Pledged” delegates to be elected in Montana and South Dakota, there almost no chance that a candidate will enter the convention with the nomination in hand based on “Pledged” delegates. "Pledged" basically means that they must vote for whom they are pledged on the first ballot....
  • It's Not All in the Family for Some DNC Rules Committee Members

    05/30/2008 8:48:41 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 137+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | May 30, 2008 | Nikki Schwab
    Don and Carole Fowler are married but are on different sides of this debate. One supports Clinton, the other Obama You might call them a political power couple. Don Fowler is a former Democratic National Committee chair; his wife, Carol Khare Fowler, is chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. They are both superdelegates. And both sit on the DNC's now famous Rules and Bylaws Committee, which will meet this Saturday in Washington to decide the fate of the delegates from the punished line-cutting primary states, Florida and Michigan. While they and the 28 other members of the committee...
  • Clinton expects superdelegates to decide next week

    05/30/2008 2:56:13 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 13 replies · 193+ views
    ap / yahoo news ^ | May 30,2008 | MATT GOURAS,
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she expects uncommitted superdelegates to begin making the choice that will decide her marathon Democratic primary race against Barack Obama soon after the Tuesday's primaries. In a conference call with Montana reporters, Clinton was asked about the effort by top Democratic leaders to push for a quick end to the fight for the presidential nomination after primaries in South Dakota and Montana next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and party chairman Howard Dean will urge uncommitted delegates to choose sides. Clinton said: "I think that...
  • Do Superdelegates Hold Super Powers?(FLASHBACK)

    05/28/2008 6:02:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 90+ views
    NPR ^ | February 6, 2008 | NPR
    There is something magical about the term, "superdelegate," as if it's a representative with superhuman powers who might fly in at the last minute to save the election. This is not totally far from the truth. Unless, of course, you don't approve of how the political superheroes use their special abilities. (Or, if you are a Republican. Technically, there aren't any superdelegates in the GOP). Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama emerged from Super Tuesday neck and neck, separated by less than 100 delegates by most counts. This suggests — if the race continues to be similarly tight —...
  • Clinton Letter to Superdelegates

    05/28/2008 12:44:21 PM PDT · by WesA · 39 replies · 77+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 0528/2008 | Hillary Clinton
    (Note: the following is the text of a letter sent by Hillary Clinton yesterday to all Democratic super delegates.) Dear ___________, The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater. At this point, we do not yet have a nominee - and when the last votes are cast on June 3, neither Senator Obama nor I will have secured the nomination. It will be up to automatic delegates like you to help choose our...
  • Campaign question-4: Hillary's (no) exit strategy

    05/27/2008 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 131+ views
    SFGate: The Ross Report ^ | 5/27/8 | Andrew S. Ross
    On the night of the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, I was asked by a British radio station whether, for all intents and purposes, the Democratic race was over. I said I thought it was -- there was no way neither around the math nor the cast-iron direction in which the superdelegates were trending. "The only question," I told my interviewer,"is how Sen. Clinton will go down -- graciously or ugly." Like most everyone else, I thought it would be the former. That at the end of the day (June 3), the two quarrelsome sides would sit around the camp...
  • Carter sees superdelegates prompting Clinton to quit

    05/25/2008 6:01:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 49+ views
    Carter sees superdelegates prompting Clinton to quit 1 hour, 54 minutes ago Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Sunday he expects Democratic superdelegates to reveal their choice for presidential nominee soon after the final primary in June and that Hillary Clinton will then have to quit the race. In an interview with Sky News, Carter said he did not think Clinton was achieving anything by staying in the fight. "I think not. But of course she has the perfect right to do so," he said while attending a literary festival in Britain. "I'm a superdelegate ... I think a...
  • Hillary's Hypnotic Hold Over Men

    05/17/2008 7:42:28 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 72 replies · 318+ views
    Poe.com ^ | May 17, 2008 | Richard Lawrence Poe
    by Richard Lawrence Poe Saturday, May 17, 2008 ArchivesPermanent Link HILLARY CAN still win the Democratic nomination, provided the superdelegates vote for her. I think they will. Over 60 percent are men, and men cannot resist Hillary. Granted, Hillary is no spring chicken. Her fleshly allure has diminished over time. But Hillary has other ways of bending men to her will. Consider her effect upon journalist David Brock. A ruthless political dirt-digger for the right, Brock nearly toppled the Clinton White House. His Troopergate story in the American Spectator triggered the Paula Jones lawsuit, leading to Bill Clinton's impeachment....
  • Superdelegates say, we will decide

    05/07/2008 10:49:34 AM PDT · by kingattax · 56 replies · 52+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/06/08 | Alexander Bolton
    Uncommitted Democratic superdelegates in Congress overwhelmingly say they won’t necessarily back the presidential candidate who wins the most primary delegates. Instead, electability will be very important in their decision. Of 42 lawmakers interviewed by The Hill, only four said they regarded the primary vote as decisive. The congressional superdelegates’ independence is precisely what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is banking on as she trails by about 130 pledged delegates behind rival Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). It also means the Democratic Caucus is unswayed by its leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who has warned that the party will suffer if superdelegates...
  • The Road To Hell Is Paved With Superdelegates

    05/13/2008 6:24:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 95+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05.13.08 | Patrick James
    Outright victories for the Democratic Party are rare in presidential politics. Only Bill Clinton in 1996 won decisively among Democrats since the party opened up its nominating system in 1972. Now, it might be argued, the Democrats have managed to achieve the worst of everything in their current system. A quick history of the nominating system explains why it looks the way it does now. The open system after 1972 produced mostly losing candidates from the left end of the political spectrum. The few winners managed to stay close to the middle of the political spectrum, such as Carter and...
  • Obama grabs superdelegate lead

    05/10/2008 12:03:59 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 10 replies · 93+ views
    Politico ^ | May 10th, 2008 | MIKE ALLEN & AVI ZENILMAN
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday afternoon seized the superdelegate lead from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), giving him command of every aspect of his party’s presidential nomination race. That constitutes a key milestone in the race and a shocking reversal of fortune for Clinton. Obama once was behind by more than 100 superdelegates. But according to at least two counts, more superdelegates are now in his camp. Politico’s tally now shows him ahead of her by 270 superdelegates to 268.5, with 208.5 uncommitted. (Superdelegates from U.S. territories count as one-half.) ABC News shows him ahead by two. Clinton’s longtime...
  • Obama picks up 9 superdelegates, union endorsement

    05/09/2008 3:01:44 PM PDT · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 17 replies · 84+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 05/09/08 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama all but erased Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-imposing lead among national convention superdelegates on Friday and won fresh labor backing as elements of the Democratic Party began coalescing around the Illinois senator for the fall campaign.... The developments left the former first lady with 271.5 superdelegates, to 271 for Obama. Little more than four months ago, on the eve of the primary season, she held a lead of 169-63....
  • Hillary's Just Asking the Super Delegates to do Their Jobs

    05/09/2008 11:00:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 94+ views
    Talk To Tony ^ | May 9, 2008 | Tony Palmeri
    It's obvious that I've been favoring Barack in the Democratic primary, but I find the calls for Hillary to drop out of the race somewhat puzzling. As I understand it, pro-Obama pundits and pols believe Hillary should withdraw because: *Even if she wins all the remaining primaries, she will not have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination. *Even if some compromise is worked out with the Michigan and Florida delegations, she will still trail Obama in the popular vote. *Her staying in the race will only further tarnish Obama, to the benefit of John McCain, thus costing the Democrats...
  • DNC Superdelegate Puts His Vote Up For Sale

    05/08/2008 2:14:24 PM PDT · by MSMLies · 60 replies · 262+ views
    DNC Superdelegate Puts His Vote Up For Sale Steven Ybarra Wants $20 Million For His Vote SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13) ― In this tight battle for the Democratic nomination we've heard a lot about the candidates courting superdelegates. But, one superdelegate is courting the candidates. He says he'll sell his vote for a price. A very high price: $20 million. Steven Ybarra of Sacramento says that eight-figure price is peanuts for the presidency.
  • Obama picks up superdelegates; undecideds moving his way

    05/07/2008 10:44:06 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 125+ views
    AP via NY Post ^ | 8 May 2008 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama's march toward the Democratic presidential nomination picked up support from four more superdelegates Wednesday, pushing him ever closer to victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton - even as their primary marathon staggered on. She added two superdelegates herself in what has become the last big contest as their race winds toward a finish. There are just 217 delegates to be chosen in the final six primaries, and neither candidate can win enough of them to claim final victory. Meanwhile, 265 additional delegates - the party elders and other "superdelegates" - have yet to be claimed, and...
  • Superdelegates await Clinton's next move

    05/07/2008 5:26:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 159+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/7/08 | CNN
    The drawn out Democratic presidential race is producing "negative dividends in terms of strife within the party," said a key Senate supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton's White House bid. A day after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries bolstered Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California and a superdelegate, said she wants to talk to Clinton to "see what her view is on the rest of the race. What the strategy is." Feinstein, who described herself as "very loyal" to Clinton, said "the question comes whether she can get the delegates that she needs and I'd like to know...
  • Superdelegate Senators Assess '08 Race

    05/07/2008 2:26:58 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 8 replies · 68+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | May 7th, 2008 | Byron Wolf
    There is a high-level meeting of 49 superdelegates going on behind closed doors right now.It's the weekly party policy luncheon in the US Senate. And while there are a number of important legislative topics on the agenda (the war supplemental, a gas prices control bill, the farm bill and more) you can bet that last night's returns from Indiana and North Carolina are being discussed as senators queue up in the buffet line. Going into the lunch, reporters asked senators for their assessments. On his way to lunch, Sen. Teddy Kennedy, D-Mass, one of Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., high...
  • Obama Camp Urges Superdelegates: “Bring This to a Close” (Kerry blames Rush Limbaugh)

    05/07/2008 1:19:13 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies · 62+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 7, 2008 | Maria Gavrilovic
    Obama supporters Sen.John Kerry, D-Mass., and Gov. Janet Napolitano, D-Ariz., argue that the superdelegates now have a responsibility to move the nominating process forward. “Obama has shown he can win across the board and now its time for superdelegates to bring this to a close,” Napolitano said. Obama is expected to meet with undecided superdelegates tomorrow in Washington. Kerry said that it is the responsibility of the superdelegates to ensure that the Democratic Party will be unified at the convention in August, and suggested that Obama could have won the Indiana primary last night if it was not for the...
  • Obama gains superdelegates after trading wins with Clinton

    05/07/2008 1:35:01 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 8 replies · 57+ views
    RCP ^ | May 7th, 2008 | Calvin Woodward
    Barack Obama pocketed the support of at least four Democratic convention superdelegates on Wednesday, building on the momentum from a convincing North Carolina primary victory. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to remain in the race "until there's a nominee." The former first lady declined to say whether that meant through the roll call of the states at the Democratic National Convention this summer. Clinton also disclosed that she had loaned her campaign an additional $6.4 million in recent weeks, evidence that her once front-runner campaign was in deep trouble. She told reporters the loans were a sign of her commitment...