Choosing for Us
Posted on Feb 7, 2008
There’s an ugly possibility out there: The Democratic race could be so close it would be decided by the 796 super delegates (governors, members of Congress and the like) and not the people who voted and caucused. Party Chairman Howard Dean says he will do everything possible to avoid such a turn of events and Democratic strategists mostly agree that it would be a disaster for the party, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the super delegate notion to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.
A transcript of Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Nancy Pelosi can be found here.
Here’s the scenario: the race between them remains tight. They go to the convention in August where the nomination could depend on the votes of the 796 super delegates, who can ignore the wishes of the voters.
Experts worry it could send an awful message to the voters, of an old-school, corrupt system of smoke-filled rooms where the party bosses, instead of the voters, make the decision. Which is precisely what would happen.
But it won’t happen if Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean has anything to say about it. Dean is hopeful the Democrats will have a nominee - either Clinton or Obama - in the middle of March or April. But if they don’t, he says they’re going to have to get the candidates together and make some kind of “arrangement.” I wonder what that would be.
Democratic Party leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.