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It's a Bird. It's a Plane. No... It's a Superdelegate!

I'm sure you've been hearing about superdelegates. Here are a couple of news stories, one from the New York Times, the other from CNN; since the superdelegates under discussion belong to the Democratic Party, it's probably best to let fellow Democrats explain them:

Seeing a good possibility that the Democratic presidential nomination will not be settled in the primaries and caucuses, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are lavishing attention on a group that might hold the balance of power: elected officials and party leaders who could decide the outcome at the convention in August.
There are 796 of them, and if neither Mr. Obama nor Mrs. Clinton emerges from the primary season with the 2,025 delegates necessary to secure the nomination, they will in essence serve as tiebreakers. That is a result both sides see as increasingly likely.
Known as superdelegates because they are free to cast their votes at the convention as they see fit, they are the object of an intensifying and potentially high-stakes charm offensive by the candidates and their supporters.... (NYT)
Some Democrats say they fear their party's method of picking a nominee might turn undemocratic as neither presidential candidate is likely to gather the delegates needed for the nomination.
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are running neck and neck toward the party's August convention in Denver, Colorado. Most projections show neither getting the necessary 2,025 delegates in the remaining nominating contests before then.
Party rules call for the votes of superdelegates — 800 or so party officers, elected officials and activists — to tip the balance. The party instituted the system to avoid the turmoil that a deadlocked race would create at a convention.
But even some superdelegates are questioning the system, as the party heads toward the conclusion of a race in which they might determine the outcome.... (CNN)

With all due respect to the fine Democrats writing at NYT and CNN, that's all a load of malarkey.

Here's what most of the superdelegates are. They are the political hacks so important that they were able to make sure they would not miss the convention this year: they didn't want to get left out of the quadrennial opportunity to fornicate, binge-drink, and gamble up a storm like they can't at any other occasion of their life (after college, that is).

Yes, that's what superdelegates are. Sure, there are exceptions, but the exceptions have been carefully chosen to look innocuous, enthusiastic, and attractive, for publicity purposes.

The Clinton machine is now attempting to bribe threaten coerce convince the superdelegates to support Hillary. What all the spell-bound newbies of the Obama campaign might be attempting — besides chanting Change! Change! — to woo them is beyond me. Unless it would be something like this:

Bob Rogers @ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(Thanks to Paul for the image.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Thu. 02/14/08 06:19:01 PM
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