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Death of the Superdelegate?

A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Penn on Where Clinton Went Wrong

Mark Penn has taken no shortage of blame for the downfall of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, but the former campaign chief has a few ideas of his own about what could have been. Penn writes in the New York Times that Team Clinton should have taken on Barack Obama from the beginning and should have courted young voters and women more aggressively, but money “may just have had a lot more to do with who won than anyone imagines.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Obama Seals the Deal

The Democratic Party held its final primaries Tuesday, but Barack Obama wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Before the polls even closed, his campaign lined up a steady stream of superdelegate endorsements that, according to the Associated Press and others, put Obama over the top.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Island Catches Clinton Fever

Hillary Clinton scored a huge win in Puerto Rico on Sunday, though she still needs an argument for the superdelegates. The candidate was hoping for major gains in the popular vote, but a local politico tells CNN that Puerto Ricans, who can’t vote in the general election, were less enthusiastic than mainland primary goers: “Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on.” Update: Clinton’s fuzzy math.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Blind, Endless Movement

Clinton wants only one thing—the presidency—and she wants it now, not later. If success means using the Florida and Michigan “issue” to tie the party in knots until the convention, so be it.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Ignores West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia are widely expected to hand Hillary Clinton a huge, if moot, victory on Tuesday. Barack Obama will deal with the predicted hiccup by avoiding it altogether. The presumptive Democratic nominee will not be in the state and he will not give a speech, hoping that superdelegates either don’t notice or don’t care.

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Ickes and Clinton
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Team Clinton Hints at Party Unity Effort, Denies VP Talk

After seemingly endless months of campaign-trail tension, Hillary Clinton gave indications Saturday that lines of communication were open between her camp and Barack Obama’s about how to unify the Democratic Party once the nomination question is finally settled—but, as she reminded Clinton-supporting superdelegates during a conference call, it ain’t over yet.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Obama on Capitol Hill
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Obama Pulls Ahead in Superdelegate Count

The aftereffects of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana are registering in the ongoing contest for superdelegate supporters: By late Friday, Barack Obama’s “super” group was just 166 short of the 2,025 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


A Slap in the Face

Hillary Clinton has campaigned as if the Democratic nomination were hers by divine right. That’s why she is falling short—and that’s why she should be persuaded to quit now, before her majestic sense of entitlement splits the party along racial lines.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE



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The Super Problem

Throughout the primary campaign, Democrats have been explaining, equivocating and ultimately fretting over the role of superdelegates, but those unelected power brokers are themselves the result of previous party contortions. Perhaps the time has come for a new model.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton: Whites Prefer Me

Hillary Clinton will surely stir controversy with racially charged comments that appeared Thursday in USA Today. The candidate noted an article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.” “There’s a pattern emerging here,” she added. Audio update.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE



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Showing Hillary the Door

Everyone from Tim Russert to Time magazine seems to have decided that there’s absolutely no way Hillary Clinton can get the nomination. What happened? Sure, her chances of winning enough pledged delegates are nearly impossible, but wasn’t that true after Pennsylvania? Wasn’t it true before Pennsylvania?

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Fight

Lately, the campaigns of both Democratic contenders have changed—and those changes have made both stronger. Now there’s a contest between the old Obama and the new Clinton. Updated.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Campaign

As the Democratic convention draws closer, the candidates are making their cases more and more directly to the superdelegates. On the Sunday before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton each made hour-long appearances on morning talk shows that few voters actually watch. It’s the party insiders who never miss a “Meet the Press” who probably will decide the nomination, and the candidates know it.

Posted on May 4, 2008 READ MORE


Dean on 'Daily Show'

Howard Dean: ‘We’re Gonna Win’

The man who made his mark on the last presidential election cycle with his campaign-sinking scream, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, was the bearer of good predictions for Democrats on Thursday’s “Daily Show.” He explained the super-cryptic superdelegate system, the controversial notion of “electability” and what it’s like to be the candidate who missed out in ‘04 for “saying boo-ya at the wrong time.”

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama rally
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Courting the ‘White Vote’

When looking at Sen. Barack Obama’s primary election results, I always check the white vote first. I imagine many Democratic National Convention superdelegates do, too. The reason is obvious: Obama is the first African-American with a strong chance of winning the presidency, and his prospects depend on whether whites will give him a vote.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Not Done Yet

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was a highway to nowhere for Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Pennsylvania Forecast: Clear Skies, Clinton Victory

Here’s the conventional wisdom as of the morning of the Pennsylvania primary: Hillary Clinton is leading in nearly every recent poll and has gained ground in the last few days. The good weather will probably benefit her more than Barack Obama. Unprecedented voter registration is a good sign for Obama, but it probably won’t be enough. Of course, this campaign has been anything but conventional.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Howard Dean

Dean to Superdelegates: Decide Now

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is putting pressure on superdelegates to let their presidential preferences be known well before this summer’s convention—partly for logistical reasons, and also to let the healing begin. 

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


March Fundraising Madness Leaves Obama Smiling

Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million. Between them, the Democrats took in about three times in March what John McCain raised in January and February combined. That’s good news for Democrats, but only, as Donna Brazile points out, if the money isn’t “used to tear the party apart.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Donkey
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A Lack of Leadership?

The Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard argues that Howard Dean and Harry Reid’s big idea for settling the Democratic nomination should have Democrats worried about a lack of leadership in their party. Reid and Dean both have called for superdelegates to make a decision by early July—a little under two months before the convention in Denver.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


Putting Clinton and Obama on the Grill

Because superdelegates—not to mention Democrats in general—want a candidate who can beat McCain, they want answers to some very uncomfortable questions.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Meet the press panel

‘Meet the Press’ on the State of the Race

Tim Russert and his merry band of super pundits debate whether superdelegates will decide the Democratic nomination and where Hillary Clinton went wrong. (Hint: Bill’s name comes up.)

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Pelosi Warns Superdelegates

Nancy Pelosi, who is not only one of the highest-ranking members of the Democratic Party but the chair of its approaching national convention, has weighed in on two of the most controversial issues looming over the presidential nomination. Superdelegates, Pelosi said, should not overrule the will of the voters, and the disputed delegations from Michigan and Florida “can’t make the difference because then we would have no rules.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Ugly Side of Superdelegates

According to The New York Times and others, what was once an alarming possibility now appears likely: The Democratic nomination will probably be decided by superdelegates—those party bigwigs who exist to keep the will of the people in check. If that happens, expect to see the ugly side of politics out in the open. It’s already begun to surface.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


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