Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Put "Super Delegates" on notice!

This is a cause that is of the utmost importance to all progressive Democrats. I'm sure that most of you are aware of the potential super delegate problem; read on if you are not. Either way, please add your voice to the petition to follow the wishes of the popular vote by signing DFA's petition to the super delegates.

This is an unprecedented year. Thirty-seven states and U.S. territories have already voted and we don't have a clear nominee. Senators Clinton and Obama are in a delegate race to the nomination.

There are a lot of ways that delegates get assigned to a specific candidate, but almost all of the allocated delegates are directly tied and bound by the actual votes in each primary or caucus -- all of them that is, except super-delegates.

Super-delegates are a contingent of almost 900 elected officials, party insiders, and current DNC members and they aren't required to follow the voters. In fact, after every Democrat has voted and the last allocated delegates are assigned, super-delegates have the power to overturn the popular vote and crown a different winner.

That's right, if super-delegates don't like who you choose to be our nominee, they can overturn your vote. We can't let that happen. Our nominee must be chosen by Democratic voters, not by back room deals of the party elite. Sign our petition now to let the voters decide:

We must respect the 20 million Democrats who have already voted and the millions more who will vote before the convention. It's up to us to make sure the almost 900 super-delegates do the right thing.

Sign the petition today and we'll deliver all of the signatures directly to super-delegates.

And this is just the beginning of our campaign to let the voters decide. The longer it takes to win, the more we'll escalate the campaign. We'll write letters, make calls, and hold media events. Because when it comes to protecting the will of Democratic primary voters, DFA members know exactly where we stand.

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Blogger Charles said...

A compelling argument for me is that both campaigns are giving money to the superdelagets. I understand the intention of those that devised this addition, but if money is involved, all bets are off.

Obama's transparency and seeming invulnerability to lobbyists have been very appealing to me, but I expect the same from him in terms of not influencing others unfairly. Why the donations to the superdelages? -Charlie

Charles McBride, O.D.
Beaverton, OR

3:32 AM, February 16, 2008  

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