One of the most striking things about the Super Delegate mechanism the Democratic party has constructed is how absurd it is in the face of Florida and Michigan being stripped of delegates.
This means that each, individual Super Delegate has more say about who will be the Dem nominee than all the voters in Florida and Michigan combined (Florida and Michigan Super Delegates have also been stripped of their votes).
Super Delegates include: Democratic Presidents and Vice Presidents, Democratic members of the House and Senate, Democratic governors, former chairs of the DNC, former Democratic speakers of the House, former Democratic minority leaders and hundreds of state party members.
Some Super Delegates who each have more of a voice than Florida and Michigan include (I picked a few former office holders):
- Former Speaker Tom Foley
- Bill Clinton
- Terry McAuliffe
- Al Gore
- Tom Daschle
Former Dem VP candidate and now independent Joe Lieberman was a Super Delegate up until the moment he endorsed McCain but until then, he had more of a vote in the nomination process than all the Democrats in Florida and Michigan combined.
Some good stories about Super Delegates:
- TPM report of Hillary Advisor suggesting they call Super Delegates “auctomatic delegates”. Hmm. A turd by any other name, I suppose.
- New York Times piece discussing the Obama and Clinton camps wooing Super Delegates
- TPM blogger reporting on the small group of Super Delegates called Unpledged Add-on Delegates and their votes
– SteveStumble it!