Monday, April 21, 2008

This isn't a good sign...

Bad news for those of us who favor democracy in the... you know... Democratic party:
Many of the Democratic superdelegates who are still undecided say the most important factor in their decision is simple - they just want a winner in November.

Problem is, after nearly four months of primaries and caucuses in 46 states, territories and the District of Columbia, they still aren't sure who that is, don't seem be in any hurry to make up their minds and aren't interested in any artificial process that might force them to choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Most of the more than 100 undecided superdelegates who discussed their decision-making with The Associated Press in the past two weeks agreed that the primaries and caucuses do matter _ whether it's who has the most national delegates or the candidate who won their state or congressional district. But few said the primaries will be the biggest factor in their decision.
It's pretty amazing to watch some elements in the democratic party be perfectly comfortable overturning the popular vote to steal an election after what happened 8 years ago. It's not like there's much of a chance of a "superdelegate coup" actually happening, but hearing this type of open disregard for the will of the voters is still pretty upsetting.

29 comments:

  1. Good point, J. I like reading something interesting instead of hearing the same old coverage of non-stories (or what shouldn't be stories) on the news every night. And people wonder why our political process alienates voters...

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  2. so what happens next for future election cycles? scrap the convention runs?

    or proclaim Elliott Jones EMPEROR FOR LIFE

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  3. emperor for life does have a nice ring to it...

    well here's to an Obama victory in Pa. tomorrow, even though a Clinton single-digit win might be just as good. and HOW BOUT THEM FUCKIN CAPS!!!

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  4. I'm not sure how realistic this is, my hope for future election cycles is that we can finally break the mold of this nonsensical primary process. That includes the state order (Switching either to a national primary or 5 straight weeks with 10 random order states each week), and deciding who wins only on popular vote, no delegates and especially no more super delegate bullshit.

    There is no good reason for anyone who respects democratic values to find those changes radical in any way... but I guess that's the problem isn't it. If supporting democracy was like supporting a team we'd be more fair weather than ravens fans.

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