A Superdelegate Pre-Convention Convention?
From former governor of Tennessee Philip Bredesen comes this intriguing idea for superdelegates like himself:
Hereâ€™s what our party should do: schedule a superdelegate primary. In early June, after the final primaries, the Democratic National Committee should call together our superdelegates in a public caucus.
Of the 795 superdelegates, over 40 percent have not announced which candidate they are supporting; Iâ€™m one of them. While it would be comfortable for me to delay making a decision until the convention, the reality is that Iâ€™ll have all the information I reasonably need in June, and so will my colleagues across the country.
This is not a proposal for a mini-convention with all the attendant hoopla and sideshows. It is a call for a tight, two-day business-like gathering, whose rules would be devised by the national committee, of the leaders of our party from all over America to resolve a serious problem. There would be a final opportunity for the candidates to make their arguments to these delegates, and then one transparent vote.
This is our electoral process at work in a way the founders would be proud of.
Well, I don’t know that the founders would be proud of the idea of superdelegates in general, but making sure that the superdelegates don’t hijack the will of the people? Sure, I’ll buy that.
Ultimately, I don’t think this is going to fly, but at least one Hillary supporter is voicing concern…
â€œIf we continue down the path we are on, we might as well hand the keys of the White House to John McCain,â€ said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City.
I think a lot of Hillary’s superdelegates share this concern, understand it’s virtually impossible for her to catch up and wonder when she might bow out gracefully. Well, let me answer that question: when you all start telling her to give it up. Seriously, now is the time to apply the pressure because if you don’t, well, she’s going to keep on going.
We shall see…