Superdelegates Emerge

It’s funny how we’re taught in school what a perfect democracy the United States of America is and how we have the best government on Earth! Democracy is the only true form of government for the people and by the people and the U.S. is the gold standard! I pledge allegiance…and on, and on.

And then, as we get older and more educated and participate in the process, we learn about ugly little undemocratic practices like electoral colleges, corporate lobbying and political donations, executive privilege, the absence of term-limits for Supreme Court Justices, government intervention in media (Rathergate, jailing journalists who do not reveal sources), and repeated intrusions of organized religion on government establishments.

Now I’ve learned of Superdelegates, of which, no, I had not previously heard. Superdelegates are democrats (thanks for the comment, Ron P)  who currently or have been involved in politics, such as current and former congresspeople, governors, presidents and others. These delegates are beholden to no voter bloc and will most likely operate within the national Democratic Party wheeling and dealing. In the past, presidential candidates tend to be settled before the election process reaches the national convention level, rendering the superdelegate vote relatively irrelevant. This year, however, it is possible that Obama and Clinton will both be viable until the Aug. 25-28 convention and that the superdelegates will be the deciding factor in the final nomination.

The simple fact that a presidential candidate could possibly be decided by a small group of people officially representing no one is another taint on our reputed superior system of government. Like the electoral college, it is needless and should be abolished. Obviously.

This blog lists democrat superdelegates, as well as who the presidential candidates they have endorsed. So far, there are 796 democrat superdelegates, but the list will not be finalized until March 1.


3 Responses to “Superdelegates Emerge”

  1. February 6, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Superdelegates are ONLY Democrats. There are no Republican superdelegates, as the PEOPLE determine the Republican candidate. Maybe you should re-phrase your characterization of superdelegates as being from “respective parties” to “Democrats”. Superdelegates include all Democratic members of Congress, Democratic governors, members of the Democratic National Committee, mayors, and former congressional leaders. All Democrats.

  2. 2 Meredith
    February 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks, Ron P… keep the corrections coming (I’m sure I’ll need more)

  3. 3 Into The Woods
    February 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Actually, the Republican party does have both superdelgates (automatic by reason of Party position) and unpledged delegates selected at various convention levels – though both are less both numerically and proportionately to those of the Democratic Party.



    I oppose any kind of automatic unpledged delegate participating in the process of selecting presidential nominees.

    Of course the Dems have a rule against states adopting any winner take all delegate selection processes, which balances things out a bit.

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