Super delegates: not so super for Hillary

WEDNESDAY 4-9-08…Pledged delegates, vows, promises. What do those words mean? Apparently nothing if you’re a Democrat. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey had vowed not to endorse a Democrat candidate for president until his state’s primary later this month. That was then. This is now, and Senator Casey has thrown his support behind Barack Obama, and the Pennsylvania primary has yet to be held.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson promised his friends Bill and Hillary Clinton that he would not endorse any opponent of Hillary. That was then. This is now, and Governor Richardson has come out endorsing Hillary’s opponent, Barack Obama.

So, vows, promises and pledges mean absolutely nothing to Democrats. Super delegates (those elected officials who have an automatic vote at the convention) and pledged delegates, those chosen in the primaries and caucuses, are in fact free to shop around.

The Democrat National Committee fact sheet states “At the convention, while it is assumed that the delegate will cast their vote for the candidate to whom they are publicly pledged, it is not required. So, you see….vows, promises, and pledges are worth nothing in the Democrat party.

Hillary Clinton pointed that out to the press, when she said “Even the so-called pledged delegates are legally free to vote for whomever they choose at the convention.” So-called, pledged delegates?

If neither candidate wins on the first ballot, that’s when both candidates start promising plum ambassadorships to delegates, nominations to the Supreme Court, positions within the president’s cabinet….and even more goodies. Those receiving such promises should remember, in the Democrat party, promises mean absolutely nothing!

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One Response

  1. Bruce this primary is indicative of the democrats govern as well. It’s been very instructive to watch the whole nutsy game, a tangled,convoluted, fluid, everchanging, flexible…pick your descriptor…process! Their rule book must be a foot or two thick, a veritable “living document”.

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