Patterico's Pontifications

3/16/2008

Needed: A Super-DUPER Delegate

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 9:52 am



The New York Times tells of the Democrats’ amusing efforts to avoid an ugly showdown at the convention:

The delegates said they hoped to avoid being portrayed as party elites overturning the will of Democratic voters. They spoke of having some power broker — the names mentioned included Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee; former Vice President Al Gore; and Speaker Nancy Pelosi — step in to forge a deal.

Yeah, that would be impossible to portray as party elites overturning the will of Democratic voters.

If I can put my Arlen Specter hat on here, perhaps what the Democrats need is not merely “superdelegates,” but a “super-DUPER delegate.” A super-duper delegate would be a single delegate who alone decides the nominee . . . and whose vote cannot be overturned by the other delegates, a majority of the electorate, the Supreme Court, or a vote of Congress.

Just trying to help.

Oh, and I love this:

“This was everybody’s worse nightmare come to fruition,” said Richard Machacek, an uncommitted superdelegate from Iowa, who said he was struggling over what to do.

Define “everyone.”

As DRJ says: more popcorn, please.

19 Responses to “Needed: A Super-DUPER Delegate”

  1. I think you may have something here. Maybe expand it to include both parties even. We’ll just have one guy/gal who picks the President. But who should it be? Who should be trusted with such an awesome responsibility? The answer is obvious.

    Karl Rove. :)

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  2. “This was everybody’s worse nightmare come to fruition,”

    “Even though this is almost exactly what the super-delegates were created for…”

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  3. Watching Bill Bradley on Meet the Press this morning, it occurred to me that Bradley and the super-sophisticates backing Obama plan to be running things while he fronts with the rubes. That’s why they don’t care about the Wright speeches. Of course, they also agree with them just a little.

    Mike K (86bddb)

  4. What’s the point of super delegates if their only purpose is to reiterate and reinforce results of the the the popular vote? What sense does it make to have super delegates and then freak out when they actually function as intended. I guess I’m just not smart enough to be a dem. I have to admit though, I have enjoyed watching the drama unfold.

    Kelly T (224d56)

  5. Not even super-duper-delegates will likely resolve the Democrats’ dilemma. Hell, they’re now in pre-civil war mode. Nancy Pelosi to the rescue? Don’t make me laugh: after Nancy’s less-than-veiled comments today supporting Obama, she’s Number 3 on Hillary’s S*** List with a bullet.

    Nope, the task of fixing this mess can only be entrusted to a super-duper-POOPER delegate. And only one guy meets that qualification:

    Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Too bad for the Donks they’ll need a Ouija board to contact him.

    MarkJ (7fa185)

  6. Does anyone think “God Damn America” while Obama smiles on tape (you know it’s there) is going to be a winning theme for Dems this year?

    It’s possible Reps might retake the House.

    Jim Rockford (e09923)

  7. I’ve always thought of super delegates as another aspect of the corruption that suffuses Democratic politics.* I thought it was just an undemocratic way to dole out power. But now I’m wondering if this is really intended as a brake on the corruption rather than a part of it. When you have a party driven by special interests, patronage, and payoffs from the public treasury, and your party controls the large majority of the news and entertainment industry, then you are bound to have shady characters running for president who have never been examined by the local media. When this character hits the national media, the examination intensifies and there is a good chance that the bad news will come out well into the primary season. How else can you resolve this problem than with a special do-over primary controlled by people who are dedicated to the party in general rather than to a specific candidate?

    It’s rather a brilliant solution, really, as long as they can get the voters to go along. To that end, I predict that the Democrat-controlled media will quickly come around and start dethroning the Obamasiah so that the Democratic voters want to be overturned. Within a few weeks, Hillary will be back to her throne of perfection. All of the sudden insight that Democrats have expressed recently into her lack of qualification, her character flaws, and her corruption will vanish into the mist, and once again all of those things will just be nothing more than lies and sexism against powerful women and Republican negative campaigning.

    This going to be yet another breathtaking example of the Democratic party’s limitless power of self delusion and embracing contradiction.

    * Yes, the Democrats are more corrupt than the Republicans. When Republican wrong-doing is exposed, the Republican is out. By contrast, when a Democrat kills someone by drunk driving, sleeps with underage pages, lies under oath, or agrees in principle to take a bribe on camera, his fellow party members rally around to save him.

    Doc Rampage (01f543)

  8. I thought they had Ted Kennedy as their super-duper delegate go-to guy.

    Vermont Neighbor (c6313b)

  9. I thought George Soros already was the super duper delegate…….

    gahrie (5ae14f)

  10. Nah…

    He just owns whoever it is.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  11. Ah, the Arlen Specter hat. Tall, pointy, and full of hot air where brains should be. Who would want to wear *that*? ]:-)

    M. Scott Eiland (b66190)

  12. Citing the Democrat mantra “count every vote,” Hillary will insist on including uncommitted Republican delegates in her delegate count.

    Perfect Sense (b6ec8c)

  13. Who in the party oversees elections worldwide, the peoples prez SuperD J Carter

    Hazy (d671ab)

  14. It’s possible Reps might retake the House.

    If McCain wins by drawing some Democrats to vote for him I’d count on them splitting their votes to keep a divided WH&Congress. Just don’t see a straight R vote for the crossovers as likely.

    voiceofreason2 (08d1aa)

  15. Ah, I love the smell of political self-emolation in the morning/afternoon/evening, just about anytime, for that matter.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  16. How much money are the super delegates getting from each campaign? That will tell the story. Follow the money!

    jim jones (730355)

  17. THERE ARE NO SUPERDELEGATES TO DECIDE IN NOVEMBER. WHY NOT LET THE VOTERS DECIDE?

    IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING FOR SOME WISE OZ BEHIND THE CURTAIN TO OVERRIDE THE MAJORITY OF ACTUAL DELEGATES…..THE WISE ELDERS SELECTED HUMPHREY IN 1968 AND WE ENDED UP WITH NIXON. EVERY REPUBLICAN I HAVE HEARD–GEORGE WILL, PAT BUCHANAN, RUSH,TUCKER,ALL ARE PUSHING HILLARY.

    NO DEMOCRAT CAN BELIEVE THEIR SUPPORT WOULD CONTINUE ONE MINUTE PAST THE NOMINATION. THEY HAVE A FULL COMPLEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES TO THROW AT HER IN RESPONSE TO THE KITCHEN SINK.

    IF THE SUPERS OVERRIDE THE WILL OF ALL THESE NEWLY ENERGIZED MILLIONS OF VOTERS, BLACK AND WHITE,AND THEY WATCH A LEAD OF HUNDREDS OF DELEGATES BE IGNORED, I BELIEVE THEY WILL STAY AWAY IN DROVES IN NOV.
    THIS WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR HILLARY. IT WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR GETTING DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS. DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT WILL BE LIGHT.
    I WRITE AS A PERSON WHO WAS EXCITED ABOUT POLITICS AS A TEENAGER,AND THEN MARTIN WAS KILLED, THEN BOBBY, THEN THE CONVENTION, THEN NIXON.
    THINGS HAVE GOTTEN SO BAD, WITH JUST THE FAINTEST GLIMMER OF LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, AND THEN THERE WAS BARACK… I WISH THE MEDIA WOULD READ HIS 2002 SPEECH AND EXAMINE WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES MIGHT HAVE BEEN HAD WE FOLLOWED HIS WORDS.

    kathleen san juan (83cac6)

  18. I THINK IT MAKES ME SOUND LESS LIKE A BRAIN WASHED MENTAL MIDGET IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS !!!!eleventy!!!!!!!!11!!one

    Racists

    JD (75f5c3)

  19. Now that the American people are aware of Obama’s 20 year association with the anti-American, racist rants of his mentor/advisor Wright (and Moss) … polls are already showing a dramatic drop in the polls for Obama. Had the American people known about this Obama/Wright association a year ago, Obama would not be ahead in popular votes, or delegates at this point in time … in fact, he probably wouldn’t even still be in the race. This type of situation is exactly why super delegates exist … and, if they continue to support Obama, it will guarantee McCain’s victory in November. The Democrats’ only hope for victory in November’s general election is HIllary Clinton.

    Howard (da8aeb)


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