The campaign for the Democratic nomination is getting uglier and uglier, thanks, in large part, to a strange superdelegate system and a stubborn Clinton campaign determined to capture the nomination by all means necessary, despite what the popular vote says. Recent reports show that Clinton is behind Obama in the popular vote by approximately 700,000 votes! — The last time I checked, political leadership was determined by the popular vote, not claims to elected office as if it were an entitlement. Clinton’s ambition and feelings of entitlement betray the people’s voice and the public interest.
Source: CNN Political Ticker http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/26/clinton-backers-scold-pelosi-on-superdelegate-comment/
Posted: 04:44 PM ET
Nearly 20 high-profile Hillary Clinton backers strongly criticized Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday over her recent suggestion that Democratic party superdelegates should not overturn the pledged delegate outcome at the party’s convention this August.
In a letter to the House Speaker dated Wednesday, the backers said that position is at odds with the party’s original intent on what the role of superdelegates should be.“Superdelegates, like all delegates, have an obligation to make an informed, individual decision about whom to support and who would be the party’s strongest nominee,” the backers wrote.
“Both campaigns agree that at the end of the primary contests neither will have enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” they also said. “In that situation, super-delegates must look to not one criterion but to the full panoply of factors that will help them assess who will be the party’s strongest nominee in the general election.”
In an ABC interview earlier this month, Pelosi said it was her belief whichever candidate ended the round a primaries with the pledged-delegate lead should be awarded the Democratic nomination by the superdelegates. That argument would benefit Barack Obama, whose current pledged delegate lead of 171 is virtually insurmountable given the party’s proportional delegation allocations, even if Clinton were to win each of the remaining 10 primary contests.
“If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what happened in the elections it would be harmful to the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said.
In their letter to Pelosi, the backers urged the House speaker to “clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August.”
The letter comes one day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seemed to suggest Democratic leaders were in the process of working out a deal to ensure the party’s nomination fight does not go all the way to the convention.
“Things are being done,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney