Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 

About our own superdelegate

By now you know that super delegates are elected party members or party bureaucrats who have been given a vote at the Democratic Party nomination convention and have the power to vote as they want rather than as their constituents prefer. They were installed a few decades ago as insurance against "insurgency" candidacies such as McGovern circa 1972 and even Carter in 1976. The idea is that these 800 delegates could maintain some control.

Some of the super delegates have committed to one candidate or the other, though a few who formerly supported Clinton have jumped on the Obama bandwagon. Others are waiting - hedging their bets.

Despite Obama's lead in delegates, which was enlarged by a very convincing win today, neither candidate can win the majority of "pledged delegates" prior to the convention. The nomination will be decided by the super delegates. Some super delegates have suggested that they would support the candidate receiving the largest number of pledged delegates (which if proves to be the rule begs the question - either the super delegates serve an anti-democratic purpose, or they're superfluous).

Rep. Mike Thompson has publicly backed Hillary Clinton. As a result, Bill Clinton came to Eureka, spoke to several hundred while pissing off a couple of thousand, and Obama won big in Humboldt County. It was a little closer in the other First District counties (fortunately for Hillary, Bill didn't show up in those counties), but Obama did indeed take the district (does anybody know how the pledged delegates in our district were allocated?).

So the question is, will Representative Thompson vote with his district, or does he view the Obama vote as an insurgency he is bound to squelch?

Addendum: Still only 8 percent of the votes counted, but it looks like a blow-out in Hawaii.

Comments:
It now appears that the Clintons have hired Karl Rove as a strategist.
 
If so, he's way out of form. That plagiarism thing was about as lame as it gets. The Michelle-Obama-isn't-proud-of-her-country meme isn't going anywhere either.
 
Ask again after March 5.
 
More importantly, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight.
 
He all, I figure with the size of our district, our voice might actually mean something to Mike Thompson...

So why doesn't everyone send him a nice email politely asking him to follow the will of his people and accurately represent us!
 
*Hey
 
Damn, that didn't work. Try pasting:
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/LEmono/TLE2008Feb21/TLE2008Feb21.html
It starts at 5:56 pm PST. Totality at 7:01pm
 
More importantly, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight.

Which we're probably going to miss.
 
Newsweek has an interesting article comparing Obama's rhetoric with his actual views. You Obama supporters are going to be very disappointed in him if he wins the presidency.
 
Maybe, but he'll be head and shoulders above anybody else left in the race.
 
"You Obama supporters are going to be very disappointed in..."

But they wouldn't be disappointed with Sen. Clinton, or worse, Sen. McCain?

What's your point? Don't vote for the lesser of evils?
 
How bad could the disappointment be after the disappointment of the past 8 years.
 
I don't know that Hillary would disappoint me as much as the others. She has spent a life time helping people and she understands the process. She might be quite successful, but I think it's pretty clear that Obama is going to win. I'm hoping he gets inspired by his own rhetoric and really tries to make progressive changes in this country. I'm afraid he'll be more like his old self and compromise his way to doing nothing.
 
I don't know that Hillary would disappoint me as much as the others. She has spent a life time helping people and she understands the process. She might be quite successful, but I think it's pretty clear that Obama is going to win. I'm hoping he gets inspired by his own rhetoric and really tries to make progressive changes in this country. I'm afraid he'll be more like his old self and compromise his way to doing nothing.
 
Sorry about the double posting. My computer isn't behaving
well.
 
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