While the concept of Superdelegates seems crazy to most people, as does the Democrat’s primary structure that gives damn near everyone on the ballot delegates so there is no clear winner in most contests, the rules governing Superdelegates are pretty clear: Make up your mind whenever you want, you can announce you’re for someone and change your mind, essentially it’s carte blanc. Not any more.
Howard Dean, the ineffective and mostly absent Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has decided his party can’t handle much more debate over who the candidate should be, so he’s applying pressure on them to make up their minds “starting now.”
First of all, that’s not how it works, they’re allowed to make up their minds, change them, keep their intentions secret, whatever they want until it comes time to vote at the convention. Dean is afraid that the drawn-out primary contest is going to hurt the Democrats come the fall, and it may well, but that’s not the point. The rules are the rules, but it’s not surprising Dean and Democrat elite would do this.
This is the party, after all, that only called and fought for certain ballots to be recounted in Florida, won’t allow Florida and Michigan to have a voice in this nomination process, and has been sited and connected with groups sited (ACORN) for voter fraud in the recent past, so why should we expect an internal fight to be any different than the “dirty tricks” they pull every election year?
The establishment wants Hillary out of the race, even though she is nearly in a tie with Barack Obama and neither can win without the Superdelegates. They’ve thrown her overboard.
What the Democrats don’t seem to realize is that no matter the outcome, they’re in some serious trouble. If Obama wins because Hillary was seen as being forced out, her supports (of which there are many and they are committed) will not be happy. Some will vote for McCain, some for Obama, and many will not vote. If Hillary gets it, same deal. And there is no believable way they can run on the same ticket, so someone is going to lose based upon the whims of the Superdelegates.
It’s like watching those late-night shows on FX with video of people crashing and breaking every bone in their body; you can’t stand to watch, but you can’t bring yourself to look away.