The Democrat presidential race continues to plug along with neither candidate appearing capable of capturing the necessary number of delegates before the national convention. This means that so-called super-delegates...comprised of members of Congress, party luminariers, union bosses, etc., etc., numbering some 800...could decide the Dem nominee.
Now, Senator Clinton, for the momemt, holds the lead with these super-types essentially because she was the perceived front-runner from the get-go and we know that political players like to be on the right bandwagon. But since Senator Obama has made this a race, the super-delegates are getting squeamish. Obama has been particularly effective in calling on super delegates who are elected officials to cast their votes in the way their constituents did....kind of a "follow the will of the people" type argument. Clinton, of course, is opposed to that, saying the rules are the rules and the super delegates should follow their own instincts in choosing who is best to lead the party.
OK, now to the ironic party. Remember the 2000 election and claims that George Bush stole the election from Al Gore because Al Gore won the popular vote but Bush won the electoral college? Remember claims that the will of the people was being subverted? Remember major Dem leaders like Hillary Clinton beating this drum?
Now, you have Democratic primary voters turning out in record numbers to cast their votes for either Clinton or Obama in a race that has really caught fire....especially compared to the apathy being expressecd by Republican voters who are staying home in their primary elections.
And now it seems Clinton is willing to use political insiders to snatch the nomination and take away the will of Dem voters in many of these states. Maybe irony is the wrong word here....hyprocrisy might be a better fit. Whether you like Hillary or not, the Clinton machine has a reputation for doing and saying anything to get what they want.
This is old school backroom politics at its worse and many liberals who complained about 2000 should be out front saying so right now....their silence is deafening.