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April 4th, 2008
02:18 PM ET

Should superdelegates make up their minds early?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Another day closer to the slow, painful, but inevitable end that seems more and more to be staring Hillary Clinton square in the face. Barack Obama has now drawn almost even with Clinton among the superdelegates.

Three months ago, Clinton led Obama by more than one hundred superdelegates. Now her lead is down to 28. Since March 4th, 17 superdelegates have publicly announced for Obama while Senator Clinton has actually lost one. They include New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal, who had been appointed the state's U-S attorney by Bill Clinton. Plus former President Jimmy Carter - who won't disclose who he's backing, but strongly hints that it's Obama.

Some Clinton supporters are now suggesting that she needs to top Obama in the popular vote in order to have any chance of winning. New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine says he may cast his superdelegate vote for Obama if Clinton doesn't win the popular vote. And Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha insists Clinton must win Pennsylvania and the popular vote. Polls there show Obama narrowing Clinton's one-time lead of more than 30 points to an average of just 11. Another Clinton superdelegate, Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, says he would "be stunned" if Obama isn't the next president of the United States.

One Democratic pollster told the Los Angeles Times, Obama is winning over superdelegates because "his arguments are more persuasive." Clinton has a whole team of aides who stay in constant touch with superdelegates in an attempt to keep them from deserting, but it's not working.

Meanwhile, DNC chairman Howard Dean is putting the pressure on the remaining undecided superdelegates – saying he wants them to make up their minds shortly after the voting ends in June.

Here’s my question to you: Should the DNC ask superdelegates to make up their minds early?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Michael from Ohio writes:
Despite Senator Clinton's popularity with elements within the Democratic Party, it is becoming increasingly evident that her high negatives and willingness to be divisive are creating a terrible risk for the Democrats' chances in the autumn. Since the upcoming election is so significant for the future of the country, the superdelegates should do what is best for the party, make their assessment known and conclude the race as soon as practical.

J.S. writes:
Superdelegates should have made up their minds after Clinton failed to significantly cut into Obama's pledged delegate lead when Ohio and Texas voted. For all the talk of this phantom "popular vote" metric, there is no way the supers can ultimately overturn a 100+ pledged delegate lead without destroying the party. It's true now, it will be true in Denver, and it was true back on March 5th.

Laura from Sammamish, Washington writes:
Jack, The purpose of the superdelegates is to vote their conscience and vote for who they think would be best qualified for president. They have the same right as all Americans to vote for whom they want. The DNC should be working on getting Fla. and Mich. voters included in this election.

Cee from Lawrence, Kansas writes:
Right now Obama is flying high and Hillary is in "vulture mode". If Obama falters, she'll pounce. Most of the remaining uncommitted delegates will allow that for another month or so until the primaries have ended. Then these politicians who want to be on the winning side will speak out and it'll be over except for the formality of the convention.

Suraj from Dearborn, Michigan writes:
No, they should wait until all states complete their primaries. Otherwise it's like a judge or jury making their decision in the middle of the trial! Why is this so hard to understand?

Cynthia writes:
The majority of them already know who they are going to support but don't want to be subjected to the Clinton/Carville wrath that Bill Richardson is going through. Tell them not to be scared, it will be okay.


Filed under: Democratic Race
soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. Jim Galvin

    Yes, they should declare their choice now. They know who they are supporting, so why the games?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  2. Gigi in Alabama

    They probably already have . . . it's up to them as to when they reveal their choice. I don't envy them their job since I don't relish having either one as the democratic candidate for president.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Eric Platt

    No.

    They will have their say at the convention.
    Anything else is "the back room boys" trying to run the party.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  4. Kathy, Minnesota

    Yes! I can't stand the suspense.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  5. Terry From California

    Yes!!!! The Super Delegates need to start coming forward, so we can end Hilary's ridiculous propoganda movement. As a Democrat I want some stability in the party prior to August. Clearly, Obama has generated the lead, support, and admiration of the American people, plus World Leaders as well. It is time to end the Clinton reign.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  6. dennis north carolina

    they should wait until after the last primary so all the voters can vote that is the voters in states that followed the rules of the party but the super delegates should make their minds up before the convention so the voters know how they stand.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  7. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    If they want involvement in this historic election. The next Super Delegate to hop on the Obama band wagon might be the last one before Clinton concedes.

    Lizzy Dan used to say, "Some people are the handle of the pot; there but never in it."

    April 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  8. jim in pennsylvania

    Jack,
    Havent u noticed they already are. i think more would have already done so but they are being harrassed by the hil–bil crew..
    By the way - Hilary was on the Jay Leno show last night and made a big joke about her lying about Bosnia..... I could not believe she did that!
    She sends a clear message to our US troops that she dont give a dam about them dodging REAL gunfire everyday of our lives
    They should take her to the war zones and make her meet every American soldier and apoligize to each personally... A trip to all our injured serviceman as wll and a personal apology.
    Then they should send her and Bil back to Arkansas.
    I believe every american should get to vote but this Hil–BIL thing has to stop soon.
    Every time she opens her mouth garbage shews out!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  9. Ralph

    No. I want to see the old time convention with the vote going to the second ballet when delegates are free to vote for whom they please. Let's have fun. Rick, Yakima, Wa.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes, it's my opinion that they should endorse Obama today and get it over with and before the Clinton's make any more promises that they may not be able to keep. Hillary wants to add a cabinel level job to eliminate poverty in America, that's one. Washington is not just broken it's totally corrupt.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  11. Peter in Alberta,Canada

    Jack,
    The superdelegates, if they are doing their job as I see it, should stack with time in the direction that they feel best benefits the Party. Since they can legitimately change their vote in the nomination process, they should guide voters in the direction that they themselves are leaning. The voters are always free to decide for themselves.
    Visible movement like I suggest would rapidly put an end to the lame argument that Hillary is making that despite losing, she is actually winning.
    Superdelegates, by remaining silent simply reinforce her contention that they will overturn the public's opinion/vote!

    Thanks Jack..I like your blog...always.

    Peter, Alberta-Canada

    April 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  12. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    No! Absolutely Not! This is allegedly still a democracy. Obama is not God,even though his followers think he is. The system needs to play out until its logical end,even if that takes until August. The democratic party leaders should not be choosing their king,that is up to the people.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Patricia

    Well, "early" has come and gone, Jack.

    Should they make up their minds now? Yes. How long has Obama been ahead in the popular vote and the delegates? Seems like forever.

    It's not often that I agree with Mitt Romney, but they're not doing the party any good right now. Maybe Obama was "vetted" in the last month, but enough already. He's proven himself to be resilient so let's stop the blood-letting.

    Let her have Pennsylvania so she can leave the race with a little victory and then, let the super delegates have their final say so we can focus on the race ahead.

    Patricia in Boise

    April 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    It is imperative that they make up their minds as early as possible. If they are as super as they want us to believe, making up their own minds shouldn't be that difficult. I made up my mind well in advance of the Texas primary, and so, unless they have another agenda, their minds shoul be made by now. They have seen and heard the candidates and unless they want John the Baptist to herald the coming of a new candidate, they should end the suspense and help everybody move on. I understand the difficulty in choosing from two candidates who are like siamese twins in both outlook and programs, but if we the people were mandated by time to make that determination, they too should shed their Washingtonian malaise and task themselves.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Keith from Irving

    They better, Jack...

    To think that these cowardly neocons and chicken hawks would get 4 more years to screw this country into the ground is beyond comprehension for any sane and ethically moral person.

    We must have a nominee by June.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Allen L Wenger

    Why not! The last primary is over in the first week of June. That should give them all the information they are going to get. Why wait until August?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. April in texas

    Yes and finally put an end to this.... Flood one way or another before the democratic party is destroyed....

    You never pick me Jack, why is that?

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    April 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Christine, Lee's Summit, MO

    Normally, I get passionate about your issues, but it is hard to get passionate about this one because as far as I am concerned we should do away with the superdelegates. We need to have an election where each person gets one vote and all votes are equal. Lately, it seems that we are putting people in office that the majority of us don't want there. Democracy! What's up with that?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Mike from Birmingham, AL

    Should decide? Jack, they HAVE decided who they're supporting. Unfortunately, they're just too cowed to make their decisions known at this point. They're either afraid of payback from the Clintons or not getting enough bang for their buck with their vote. The superdelegates could end this race sooner than later. Let's hope they save their best judgment to do just that.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  20. Sunae Jacksonville, Fl

    Well Jack the way I see it, the DNC should ask the superdelegates to speak up early. It's no need to wait until the Convention.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Why should they make up their minds early? Is this so that they can "unite" around Obama, i.e., board the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, just to make a good impression for White Star Lines?? No interest in simply allowing the primaries to work, and play out as they are supposed to do?

    Back in the day, we never knew who the nominees were until the conventions, and the networks mainly covered the news and certainly did not push a particular candidate. How refreshing it is to remember those times. I fear we will never see them again.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  22. Gary Dahl

    Yes Jack, by all means a quick end should be put to this process. Hillary needs to come to grips with reality and quit so Obama can take on the world's champion panderer, John McCain, who today stood on the spot where MLK was killed and apologized to blacks for voting against a national holiday in King's honor. "I was wrong," he repeated over and over as the crowd booed him. This blatant kissing up gave new meaning to the word, "pander".

    Gary
    Jacksonville, Oregon

    April 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  23. cj-delhi,ny

    Maybe they should suggest that they should make up their minds early to keep the peace among the party.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  24. J W - Atlanta

    Only if the body of voters they represent has already made its wishes known. A super delegate, usually being super only in social class standing, will do considerable harm to the Democratic Party if it goes against the majority, whether delegate or popular vote. It seems these days we look at the simple concept of "majority rules" as very Orwellian. Up is down, left is right. Of course, all this assumes the super delegate has a mind to make up in the first place.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  25. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I sure wish I was a Super Duper Delegate and could go on CNN and tell the world that I'm not going to declare who I'll support until I get a suite in Denver and lots of good meals and maybe a private plane ride to Augusta to watch the Masters, oh and a guarantee of a job where I get paid and don't have to work. They should declare after their state votes and vote the will of the people.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  26. marcy

    I do not believe that superdelegates should report their votes at this time. Their responsibility lies at the convention.
    Jim in PA...how did you get to be so bitter? You need some counseling.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  27. brenda v. long beach calif

    If the superdelegates dont soon decide, Hillary will make her own rules and then make everyone feel guilty who dont agree with her. She has already said that the delegates dont have to follow the rules. So the longer this goes on the worst the situation will get. Shame on the democrratic party for letting things get so out of control. Looks like another 8 years for the republicans!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  28. Adam, LV, NV

    NO... And does it really matter. They could always change their mind later. Let all of the voters speak first...

    Hello, Florida 2000 anyone? Or how about Gore winning the popular vote but losing. Let the voters vote first.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  29. Taj

    Certainly Yes. After Penna, Indiana & N.Carolina if they can't make up their mind they are not realistic & practical people. If Obama is leading in delegates & popular vote he will be the nominee. Undecided superdelegates will go Obama way. We need to move on. Hillary could be (will be) a VP candidate.
    California

    April 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  30. Brenda, CT

    It would be nice to know, but I guess the time will come eventually.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  31. Bev, Phoenix, AZ

    If the superdelegates declare now, please have them call the remaining primary states and tell them their votes do not matter or count. Then please call all the politicians who called for an end of this race to please not run again for office. If they are not willing to fight for and respect everyone's right to vote, then they should not be representing America.
    Let's wait till the last vote to be counted. Then, all superdelegates, look to your expertise and heart and vote for the best candidate, the one who can actually beat Mccain!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  32. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    You know the old saying Jack. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. The sooner the democrats can turn their undivided attention to the misguided McCain campaign the more likely their chances of winning the White House. The DNC has been pathetic to this point and needs to show some leadership.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  33. dave, michigan

    They shouldn't have the right in the first place, but don't the rules say that they do all that voting at the convension, or am I wrong?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Katie, Hackettstown, NJ

    Hi Jack,
    English is my second language, so please forgive me for the errors I make. Of all of you in the Situation Room, you are my favorite! You are honest and I like your humor.
    I think that thesuperdelegate that knows what candidate he or she wants should endorse that candidate now, stop the guessing. I just hope everyone wants Obama. He is the most sincere of the two. I heard Hillary's speech today. I was just wondering if her emotion is to get back the people of Penn. that she is loosing. I DON'T TRUST THAT WOMAN!!! I question what she said she did as a child when she heard that Dr. King was killed. How can she remember that long ago? It sounded like her story of Bosnia! Is she fogetting what happened about 12 years ago, and remembering what happen 40 years ago?
    Please do not read this comment, broken English, but I feel better now after I said what is in my mind!

    Jack, keep up your good work!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  35. J. D., New Hampshire

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!!! Hillary seems bound and determined to decimate the Democratic Party by continuing what should be called the "Ego Tour." Unless she figures out a way to disenfranchise all of Obama's voters and glom onto his delegates, she cannot win the nomination. We're losing valuable time campaigning against McBush.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  36. Laura

    Absolutely not!
    We can wait until the convention.
    The problem with the generation is that everyone wants everything right now. We don't want to wait for anything. Waiting, in this case, is the right thing to do.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  37. John in San Diego

    Jack, with all the coverage of this primary, any voter who has not yet made up his/her mind is not really engaged. That is doubly true of the SuperDelegates. It's time for everyone to accept the inevitable and start the healing by publicly getting on the Obama bandwagon.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  38. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    I don't know why the hurry, they should at least wait utill all the states have voted. Then let them decide. Between the media and the spin Obama has already been declared the winner.. He is not the best candidate, and All I hear is "Change and Yes we can" are those positions? I wonder where he stands. We know where Hillary stands.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  39. Lori Iowa

    No they should not make up their minds. They should go to the convention as they have in the past and wheel and deal and make it a huge party of convincing super delegates to vote the way each candidate wants them to. That will be much more entertaining!

    I'm sure you want them to decide TODAY!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  40. Joe in DE

    Right after the primaries. Any wjo make up their minds before then are premature.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  41. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    The Super Delegate classification takes the power out of the hands of the electorate and puts in back into the hands of the politicians thus circumventing the people all together. Personally, I think it was put into effect in case something "came up" making the winning candidate unelectable.
    The super delegates should stay out of it until it gets to the convention or all but one candidate drops out. At least that way it will give the perception of the American people having some say in the process.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  42. Jerry in Boston

    No Jack. That would be changing the rules wouldn't it?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  43. earl illingsworth

    They should not be told to make up their minds early, or even think independently of doing so,if they are still truly undecided. The DNC formed officially in 1968, and basically has been a toothless tiger, to say the least, with poor leadership in Mr.Dean as their current Chairman! The Republicans had problems with Ford/Reagan, Eisenhower/Taft, and the Democrates with McCarthy/Kennedy, etc.,etc.and all worked out just fine. It's a natural process of our political system, and a very healthy one at that!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  44. Lori

    I think if Obama wins in Pennsylvania and North Carolina then they should throw in vote for Obama since there is no way Hillary can win this thing. This should be over now so the Democrats have more time to fight off another 4 years of Republican mishaps. Great question Jack. I just hope the superdelegates are listening.

    Lori
    Battle Creek, MI

    April 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  45. Brian

    Jack,

    Yes. Because the superdelegates are not bound to their pledge of commitment, it will be nothing more than a large-scale debacle if the Democratic Party waits until the convention, especially now that Hillary is saying pledged delegates can switch their votes as well. Asking the superdelegates to permanently commit to a candidate before the convention is the only way to keep the DNC from imploding come convention time.

    Brian,
    Moscow, Idaho

    April 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  46. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    This should be a simple answer, Superdelegates should respect the will of the people and should vote for the canidate that the people of their state voted for.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  47. Ryan in Philly

    Simple answer: yes, in fact they should do so immediately.

    Slightly more complicated answer: Hillary has insisted on pursuing this tack of wanting every vote to be counted (although take note this is in stark contrast to her initial laissez-faire attitude toward Michigan and Florida, as well as various other states she did not believe she needed back in the fall), so in order to appease her and also in order to increase our chances of getting her supporters to get behind Obama when he eventually takes it, we should indeed allow the various primaries to play out. Ideally, the superdelegates should just declare now so Hillary can get out of the way and Obama can focus on McCain, but practically speaking it's just not gonna happen.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  48. Patricia

    No the super-delegates should wat until all primaries have gone through the cycle. Look at what the Clinton Machine did to Bill Richardson. If he gets another job in any administration it won't be Clinton's, & Bill Richardson did very good work in Bill Clinton's administration.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Brian, Cincinnati

    Yes, they should ask the supers to decide after the last primary in June, once the people have finished voting. Then the DNC should start working to get rid of the super delegates and the entire delegate, caucus, and primacaucus system before 2012.

    Make it a simple popular vote contest with primaries in every state. No super delegates. No caucuses. No delegates. One person, one vote. The person with the most votes at the end wins.

    While we're at it, lets get rid of the electoral college as well, and go with a popular vote general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  50. Terry in Hanover, VA

    Why shortchange the voters whose states haven't held their primaries yet? The media seems hell bent to shorten the process, hurry things up, and select Obama as the candidate. Clinton isn't that far behind in votes, delegates, etc. but why should the media be fair at this point. Sure she's a flawed candidate but so is Obama. Tell me, Jack, is it just Hillary the media hates or is it that the media still prefers men as presidents? Patience is a virtue. The party is only harmed when it denies citizens the right to have their votes count. Please concentrate more on Michigan and Florida and the remaining uncounted states and less on trying to force Clinton out of the race by knee-capping her with all kinds of negative press. I look forward to the convention and I don't care which candidate wins at this point.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  51. Jeremy, MA.

    No Jack.

    I thought voting early was against the rules?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  52. Shelley, California

    Of course. The party's organization and drive for November needs to get going. Down ticket candidates need to be chosen, supported and funded. The overall party message needs to refined. These things take some time when you are talking about a country of 300 million

    The Clintons thought the contest would be over after Super Tuesday. So did everyon else. Their current argument that everyone should vote before the "contest" part is over is specious. All the primaries will still go forward and they will still offer the people a chance to inform the party candidate of their concerns.

    So the Superdelegates need to come out of the woodwork, unite, and get on with it. We the voters want to talk about our dreams and problems, not those of the candidates.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  53. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I personally have made my choice. Those super delegates may not be as smart or as swift as I am, though, so they need more time. Or perhaps they want to wait to see who is going to win before they vote . . . a strange old political tradition.

    If they declared now and settled it the campaigns would save around $50,000,000, the party would have a chance to heal itself, and all Democrats everywhere could just relax – for a while, anyhow.

    Or they can continue, spend the 50Mil, divide the party, and give the white house to McSame-o. It seems so simple to me that it must be a plot of some kind.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  54. Bruce St Paul MN

    Early? Does that mean right away, or after all the primaries, but before the convention. Either way, their decision would only be a pledge, not a vote. The votes don;t come till the convention. So the Supers could create a presumptive nominee, but still have a chance to change their vote if the presumptive nominee implodes before the convention. I think that as soon as the Supers know which way they are going, they should declare their intention so the party and the voters know what to expect. If the end result is a deadlock, at least everyone will know, so steps can be taken. If someone (Obama) locks up the deal, so much the better.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  55. Michel Cyr

    Because of the current situation,where many want the democrats to chose their leader as soon as possible,maybe the super delegates should decide who they support no later than the last caucus or primary;this June.
    Mike Canada

    April 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  56. Angela

    Even if super delegates declare their support now, they are not bound to that candidate and can still switch allegiance before the convention anyway....do we want to open THAT can of worms??

    Let the primary season end, and then they can look at the results, and make their decision. Either candidate can 'step in it' at any time. If the candidate is already the presumptive nominee then they are hooped in Nov, with no alternative.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  57. Sharon, Minnesota

    Sure, but keep it to themselves until the primary's are over and all the votes are counted.

    They are allowed to change their minds at any time just in case some more information comes out about the candidates that they might want to considere before making up their minds.

    What's the hurry Obama? Why the bums rush?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  58. Adam

    Absolutely not. Despite the continual assurance from Democratic Party leaders, the party is currently fractured. Many voters are emotionally entrenched in their candidate and are unwilling to vote for the opposing Democratic candidate. The only way to unify the party is to allow this process to play itself out. If at the end of the day, Clinton or Obama loses with all the cards being played, many voters will not feel cheated – increasing the likelihood that Clinton supporters will vote Obama and vice versa.

    – Adam
    Miami, Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  59. Ike,MN

    Jack, they have to make up their minds because the are 'super' but they are like every other voter. I suppose a lot of them were bound by the loyalty spell which is on the trickle now. Just a bit more Jack, you'll see the flooding soon.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  60. Marilyn

    Yes! I'm tired of the fake fence-sitting. The super-delegates are holding their cards close to the vest to see what's ultimately in it for them. That's the problem with having politicians as super-delegates.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  61. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    I think Howard Dean is simply trying to stop Hillary from steamrolling the democratic party. If Hillary can't be realistic about her position in this election, then someone has to do it for her for the good of the party.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  62. Tanilan

    Why not? I am sick of waiting! Let's get this show on the road already!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  63. ginger Hunterdon, NJ

    No, Jack

    The Chinese water torture slow drip of super delagates to Obama is, in my humble opinion, far more devastating to Clinton than a big rush. I like to see Hillary suffer the slings and arrows of her power dream slipping away on a daily basis as she constantly tries to change the rules.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Paul-Scranton

    Not at all Jack. We should not let them influence this race at this critical a junction. If Pennsylvania is won by Clinton then the race changes once again. Many of the super delegates who once favored her and then jumped on the Obama band wagon would have egg in their faces. The likes of Kennedy and Kerry would never admit that they once again bet on a losing horse.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  65. Emeka

    I think the Superdelegates should make up their mind by June 3rd after the last primary election. This would enable the democrats unite long before the national convention. The Superdelegates should decide on either Obama or Clinton by that date, but the longer they wait, the more voters would get skeptical about how democratic is the Democratic party.

    Emeka, Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  66. Rob

    Jack,
    the result is pretty much inevitable isn't it? It has been technically over for some time now. The only question remaining is how far the Clinton's will drag this thing into the muck before they accept the FACT that they cannot catch their opponent. If the super delegates accept their leadership role they should also see writting on the wall by now – shouldn't they? It's time to put an end to this charade and begin the process of defeating McCain.

    Rob – Winnipeg – Canada

    April 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  67. Susan from Twentynine Palms, CA

    It will be a kindness to the Democratic Party and an advantage to the nominee for the superdelegates to weigh in once the primaries have been completed. Whoever the nominee is, he or she will need all the time possible to mount an effective campaign against McCain.

    On the other hand, prolonging the process deprives all of the opposition's political hacks a definite target for their smears.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  68. Len of Colfax, Wisconsin

    Yes!

    By early, I would assume you mean shortly after the last primary / caucus in June as suggested by Howard Dean.

    Letting us know early might allow everyone to start thinking about November. My hope and assumption is that Sen. Obama would garner enough delegates to claim a victory.

    But then there is Sen. Clinton’s implied threat that even after all the superdelegates and “pledge” delegates have stated their preference / support, her campaign will perhaps start pressuring all the delegates (super and “pledged”) to switch their votes from Sen. Obama to Sen. Clinton so that she can ultimately steal the nomination.

    So, perhaps it doesn’t really matter whether it is early or not, it will still probably be a mess until the convention. I hope all delegates are strong enough that this last scenario never materializes.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  69. Konris

    Jack its funny! Clinton says that the superdelegates should act independently despite how the people vote. This means that it should not matter when the superdelegates make up thier mind since they are to act 'independently'. Thus, I say let the superdelegates choose their candidate by next week and this will present a clear view of who should go on and who should take a chill pill.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  70. John from Carlsbad

    Once the voting is over, they should look at the numbers and make their decision. Holding off to the convention in this ADD filled campaign with ADD media will make it look like the Democrats are not united.

    As an independent I just laugh at the chaos the dems put themselves through. The most funny part is how impatient the media has become. But what is new there, tabloid err I mean news media is like that right?

    April 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  71. Gail Nugent - Amherst, NY

    Maybe Hillary and Barack should challenge each other to a game of Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Winner takes all. It's better than making an Ass of themselves to the very last primary.

    April 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  72. Greg

    Hasn't the argument been brought forward that the super delegates didn't WANT to make this call? On the other hand, a prolonged primary is tearing up the party and will only help the Republicans in the general election. But of course, every voter should be heard and Florida and Michigan are being disenfranchised and that's not fair. And meanwhile, it is mathematically impossible for Sen. Clinton to catch up to Sen. Obama but hey, he could be hit by a meteorite, who knows? Have I covered about everything?

    My head hurts, Jack.

    Greg
    Oak Park, IL

    April 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  73. Sharon from Michigan

    The Democratic race has gone on way too long. It would be in the party's best interest to have a chosen candidate to run against McCain. This election was unusual because both candidates, pretty much, stand for the same things. Their popularity was even in most states. The race needs to be over. Super Delegates need to make their decisions so that the party can rally around their nominee and beat the Republicans. It's my guess, the momentum is with Obama....

    April 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  74. Charles in Florida

    Jack, three words; Yes, Yes and Yes! The sooner the better so McCain can end his trip down memory lane!

    April 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  75. tim from Ravenna, OH

    The DNC should ask all superdelegates that have not pledged to withhold pledging until after the final primary. At that time the DNC should tell the superdelegates to publically pledge before a set date. They should also remind supers of their responsiblity to vote their conscience as they were intended to and do what is best for the party and not do what they feel is best for them like Judas Richardson did. Jumping on a ship just because you think that ship will finish up front and using the technically argument to justify it is simply disgusting.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  76. Claire in Erin Ontario

    Who cares about early, just making up thier minds using thier conscience rather than their personal agendas would be nice.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  77. Paulette Dallas,PA

    No. I do not think the DNC should force the superdelegates to make their candidate selection until the convention in Denver. What's the rush? Many nominees have been selected on previous convention floors. It might even be exciting to watch!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  78. Dave from Veazie, ME

    They should absolutely make up their minds sooner rather than later. Right now John McCain is running around the country on his "I'm so great" tour and will be able to continue to campaign unchallenged until the democratic candidate is decided. If the democrats are serious about getting back into the White House they need a candidate as soon as possible. The republicans are having a field day with the mess the democratic party is in right now and I have a feeling that they are drooling at the prospect of Hillary becoming the nominee. With all of the lies she's been caught in recently, the Bosnia story, her position on NAFTA, and the double speak she's display, saying that the voices of all the voters need to be heard but then should be promptly ignored by the pledged delegates, she's given them plenty of ammo to use against her in the general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  79. Joan, Pgh. PA

    Jack,
    If the latest news about the Colombian trade talks initiated by Hil's campaign strategist (and lobbyist) Penn are true, I think the supers have a clear mandate to end her terrible campaign and throw their support now to Obama. Please, it's OVER Hillary.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  80. J. Onofre - CA

    The superdelegates have already made up their minds. They say they will not overturn the will of the people but it's really in their hands. The situation they are in asks if they will actually listen to the will of the people.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  81. JT Manhattan

    Male superdelegates should make up their mind and stick with it no matter what. Female superdelegates should change their minds as often as they want.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  82. tonyh

    In my opinion, superdelegates should show their true colors BEFORE APRIL 22 in order to put a FULL STOP to the Clintons' farse. Otherwise, we will continue to see one dirty trick after another every day in order to "attract" the unattractable.
    White blue collar workers in Penn, I'm white and I'm middle class and also have a brain to think logically. Have you noticed that the polls always show that the people voting for Billary are not college graduates or people over 60? You don't have to be a college graduate to see the truth. Vote for the less problematic and the fairest contender. No more wars!!!! Get the hint?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  83. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Jack,
    If the Democrats are so hot and bothered by the idea of not deciding until the convention, why didn't they schedule the convention the week after the last primary in June? Everyone will have had their say in the voting booth, although a few million votes won't count due to another 'scheduling' error. The Dems keep shooting their own toes off and then cry because it hurts. But I guess running the country will be easy compared to trying to pick a candidate. They actually make Bush look competent....well, almost.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  84. Spencer Phillips

    Yes! Give "Run for Cover" Hillary the coup de grace before she wrecks the Democrats' chance for a victory in November. To satisfy her lust for power and sense of "entitlement," she and ol' Bill will continue their finger-pointing, sly attempts at sabotaging Obama until the DNC says, "Enough already!" and shuts them down.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  85. Mike Spring, TX

    Jack
    As I recall, most super delagates are politicians. Your presumption that they have "minds" is giving them far too much credit.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  86. dan in mass

    Why would any super-delegates endorse now? All of the cabinet/Ambassador positions have been promised already and the rules say there are no rules when it comes to SD's so let em' decide when they decide. However it seems as though the candidates fortunes have changed. Obama is now reaching the super-dels and Hillary is winning the primaries. Which is more important?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  87. Clayton Ivey

    Jack,

    Yes and NO! Super delegates have been forced to think of their political careers. The wrong move equals "career disaster." The other move equals "political alienation."

    Yes... Super delegates should make their vote know at the time of their state's primary.

    No... Super delegates will never commit political suicide.

    Clayton
    Atlanta, GA

    April 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  88. Dave from Georgetown, Ontario

    Jack,

    Getting the DNC to make a decision about asking the superdelegates to make an early decision will take months of study by the DNC.

    Priority wise, I'd put the superdelegate decision on lower priority than getting regular Michigan and Florida delegates back to the polling stations.

    Aren't most of the members of the DNC ... actually superdelegates?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  89. Shannon McMurphy

    Yes, so that a candiate can finally be named and CNN can stop airing their mind-numbing drivel. "Babies for Obama"? Good grief. I used to care who won, now I just want this media-driven nonsense to end.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  90. Mietta

    Yes! I believe that most of them have already made up their minds. If they have the ability to finally end all of this political drama that is going on, go ahead and step out there and make your choice known – especially if it lines up with the will of the constituents that have already voted in your party. If they don't speak up and end this fighting, I think the democrate party may suffer a blow that will take years upon years to recover from.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  91. Chris, Olean, NY

    I don't know if it's going to take a request to decide early. If Hillary fails to win big in PA and loses both Indiana and North Carolina, the supers may decide they've had enough badgering by the Clinton folks and declare for Obama

    April 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  92. gCs

    Gonzales LA

    Yes, otherwise what's the point. The process is the process and they are a very important part of that process

    April 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  93. Barb

    I would think that after they saw her performance on Leno last night, making a joke about her big "misstatement"? about Bosnia that would be enought to send them running to pledge their support to Barack. I have never seen anything so disgusting and demeaning in my life. (I am a 66 year old white woman and I have seen lots of things in my lifetime.)

    April 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  94. Inri from Cambridge, MA

    I think that many superdelegates feel reluctant to disclose their preference because their opinions may change and likely depend on several factors (such as the popular vote or the vote within their states, etc.). They don't give their current opinion because if they do make a change, people will perceive them as "flip-floppers." It's funny how many people feel one of the worst things in American politics is changing your mind, especially after we've witnessed what two terms of that mentality has done to our nation. Sometimes people change their minds for rational, logical, or even scientific reasons.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  95. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    yes, they need to quit spending money like drunk sailors. when the whole country is suffering with money issues , spending money the way they are, when the math shows its over,makes them look so childish and were supposed the be lead by them.? Hilary needs to go back to new york and do the job shes being payed to do. do you know how many people would die to have her income,and she doesnt have to pay for gas. its time someone steps in and puts an end to this nonsense,

    April 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  96. Jamal

    Yes, Jack So far most of the remaining superdelegates are from the states Obama has won, they want to jump on the Obama bandwagon but the problem is the so called "unconfortable conversation" with the Clintons that's what everyone is avoiding.

    Jamal
    Phoenix, AZ

    April 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  97. Velle In Halifax

    Jack, no matter when the Superdelegates make their choice of candidate, the election should continue until all the remaining 10 states have had their primaries and caucuses. This process belongs to every Democrat and they should have their chance to register their choice. That's American!
    It appears that the superdelegates are caught in a pinch they didn't want to be in. Each one wants to be the last to register his support. We must remember most of them are in office themselves and are therefore seeking continuing terms of office. But that very fact places some of them in conflicting positions. True to politics, they will first try to secure THEIR OFFICE, then execute their superdelegate responsibility as obsequeously as possible. Wanna' have some fun Jack? Put a spotlight and camera on THEIR VOTE and watch 'em sweat!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  98. Phil

    They should come forward after PR is done. All of them. Let's end this

    April 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  99. Mark Berwyn, PA

    Yes, they should. As long as their states have held their caucuses or primaries, they should not withhold their vote. No reason to do so, unless they are all hedging their bets and want to vote for the winner, after the winner has already been decided.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  100. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    Maybe I'm a bit slow but who thought up this concept of superdelegates? It's kind of like a sports free agent. Why should superdelegates be allowed to change their allegiance? Whatever happened to one person, one vote? Before we are concerned with superdelegates let's resolve the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegates.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  101. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    I think they should start weighing in only if they have made up their mind. But not later than a week or two after the final primary. I am a first time democrat voter, and if this party is to unite under one candidate, they need to do it now; long before the convention. How else will they beable to develope a strong enough platform and infrastructure to defeat the Republicans and again gain control of the White House. Hopefully they will do it soon enough to make it clear that Hillary needs to bow out. This would hopefully preventing her and Bill from making any further major fopa's that would tarnish their record any further with the American People.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  102. Pete

    No. Why should they? This race is unpredictable, we need the super delegates in the end to make the smartest and best choice for America. The super delegates will not do us wrong, they're the best of the best.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  103. Suraj, Dearborn, Michigan

    No- they should wait until all states complete their primaries. Else it's like a judge/jury making their decision in the middle of the trial! Why is this so hard to understand? The super-delegates are there for a reason- they should use their independent judgement at the end of the primaries to decide who to vote for. If they act, as Nancy Pelosi wants them to (ie vote along with the pledged delegates/voters), why even have superdelegates?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  104. California Voter

    Jack, what do the "rules" say? Apparently, that is what everyone who is advocating the disenfranchisement of voters in Michigan and Florida are saying. Since the democrats distribute the states' delegates proportionally, they set themselves up for the possibility of superdelegates deciding, and I believe the "rules" allow the superdelegates to make that decision based on whatever factors that what to consider. So what's the rush? Both the media and the Obama campaign want to short change the states who have not voted yet. What's the hurry? Remember many superdelegates are already voting based on considerations other than how their state voted – Kennedy, Kerry and Patrick for example.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  105. Teddie

    Let them duke it out at the convention. I want to see if the American people will stand up and duke it out and riot like they did or have we become a nation of slugs and are too fat and lazy to do anything except run our mouths.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  106. Michael, OH

    Despite Senator Clinton's popularity with elements within the Democratic Party, it is becoming increasingly evident that her high negatives and willingness to be divisive are creating a terrible risk for the Democrats' chances in the autumn. Since the coming election is so significant for the future of the country, it would indeed be tragic to concede a substantial portion of the electorate to the Republicans. Therefore, if the role of the super delegates, as always mentioned, is to do what is best for the party, then they should make their assessment known and conclude the race as soon as practical. Partisans who argue that this prevents people from voting for whom they wish fail to take into account all the candidates who have already left the race, depriving their individual supporters the opportunity to cast their votes for them. It is the nature of the primaries.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  107. J S

    Superdelegates should have made up their minds after Sen. Clinton failed to significantly cut into Sen. Obama's pledged delegate lead when Ohio and Texas voted. For all the talk of this phantom "popular vote" metric, there is no way the Supers can ultimately overturn a 100+ pledged delegate lead without destroying the party. It's true now, it will be true in Denver, and it was true back on March 5th.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  108. mary in Baltimore

    No.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  109. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    No person (super delegate or ordinary delegate) should be required to state his vote choice early. The purpose of the convention (contrary to popular opinion) is not to party and play. It is to choose the candidates! There should be discussion, dialogue, and negotiation among the delegates–leading to the final choice. But that isn't the way it is done, is it? It is one grand party and vacation for the delegates.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  110. Jamaal Kanas

    Yes they should make up there mind either now or wait until the las contest is over. Dems do not try to take it to the convention we will lose if we do?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  111. Leo - Florida

    Yes

    April 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  112. S, Dearborn, Michigan

    Jack, What's on their cape? A big "SD"? They need to show they are truly super and fly in and rescue us from this parody of an election.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  113. Wendy

    Yes they should. If it goes to the convention and a second vote, poor Hillary will lose by even bigger margins.

    The problem is that the Democrats need time to mount an offensive against the Republicans and the longer this thing drags on, the less time they have to do so. Also it continues to divide the party which is not a good thing if the Democrats want to win in November.

    If the name had been anything but "Clinton", this would have been over a long time ago.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  114. Dick Niemann

    The obvious answer is NO. I find it troubling that so many "well meaning" folks in mid-stream of the primary want thier choice declared the winner when millions of voters have yet to have their say in the process. This country is supposed to be a democracy where every vote counts, not some third world dictatorship where a third or more of population is not given a chance to participate.

    The problem is exacerbated by the news media who want to the make news instead of reporting the news. The Superdelegates who announce their choice well in advance of the convention are also suspect as to their motives.

    Dick Niemann in Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  115. Nora. South Texas

    The Republicans are hoping this thing will go all the way to the convention. Look at all the time McCain has to frolic through the meadow all alone. They must know who they want by now. Hillary thinks it is funny she lied about Bosnia(Jay Leno) if that is not pathetic I don't know what is. Someone needs to stop this woman from embarrasing herself and ultimately destroying the Democratic Party. Is'nt that fat lady singing yet!!Jack, I am sure you can hear her!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  116. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Superdegates = Superdelay.

    They are milking it for all its worth. Surely, Jack, we are not naive enough to think there are no backroom deals being cut? Personnal fortunes will be made and lost. I wish my vote was worth as much as the superdelegates are getting.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  117. Greg

    Katie from Hackettstown,

    Actually your comment was one of the more well written and lucid comments I've read on these blogs. If English is your second language, perhaps you might consider teaching it to those whose first language is allegedly English.

    Greg
    Oak Park, IL

    April 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  118. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, the role of a super-delegate is to use his/her best judgement in backing the candidate they feel will be best for the Presidency. If some believe continuing in-fighting will hurt their party in November, then they have the right to make an earlier decision; however, if others want to see how Obama and Clinton make out in future primaries, then these super-delegates have the right to wait for future results.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  119. Dennis, California

    Why? These super delegates should not determine the outcome of the democratic nomination, it should be the majority vote of the American people...after all that is what democracy stands for. If super delegates feel that they want to back their candidate early, that could help end this democratic circus, but I personally dont mind watching Hillary smear her name and finally show her true colors.
    If superdelegates end up chosing the nomination, and it is someone other than the candidate that won the majority vote, the American people should be out raged and I will be voting for an independent or third party candidate, and I hope other Americans think the same way!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  120. Lenore Z.

    Yes, the DNC should ask the Superdelegates to make up their minds and declare themselves. The Supers are a bunch of wimps– they can see the waters rising, but they're scared to death of going public. Also, they were so sure their Titanic was the safest and strongest ever built, they just can't believe it's going down . Ahoy there Clintonites! You hit an iceberg– a new face that voters prefer to YOURS. So quit staring stupidly over the railing at the last of the lifeboats. Bail out! Get a spine!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  121. Stacey-St. Louis

    No they should wait until every state has held its primary if they value the popular vote. But then again do the states really matter?????We are leaving out Michigan and Florida. And Kerry, Richardson and Kennedy haven't voted along with the vote of their states. What a mess??? Lets just throw all votes out the window and put in the candidate Howard Dean believes should win. Lets all guess who Dean is backing......a little transparent don't you think.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  122. Paul

    Jack,
    These superDo helped Bill Clinton to get elected. I don't understand why Billary think that we as people owned them. Bill Richardson was one of powerful Congressmen for almost 15 years. Clinton didn't pick him up from street and made him ambassador or secretary of energy. Richardson was more than qualified. Today, they are calling him Judas (meaning that they raised him, sent him to school, named him Congressman...) . They are trying to do the same thing to other superdelegates. Superdelegates need to come up and support the candidate they think will win but we need to give the opportunity to our members in 10 States to vote. Hillary needs to stop playing republicans card. One republican told me that they don't want to run ads against Obama because Clinton is running ads for them and they are saving money. No more debates. Obama needs to meet more people. If you have more than 30 YEARS of so-called experiences, people should know you better!
    Chantilly, Virginia

    April 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  123. S. Hurd

    What's all the hubbub about super delegates having make up their minds early? The DNC set up the process the way they wanted it. Let the process run it's coarse. If it tears the party to pieces, so be it. If it works like a charm.... Great. It's not a perfect process but the party will survive. A few egos may be damaged but that would probably be a plus.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  124. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Yes, Hillary Clinton is unelectable as the Mark Penn gaffe of today and last night's inappropriate joke on Leno about sniper fire prove yet again. Let's start working on the general election. As a republican, I'm begging you, let's not have a 3rd Bush term with McCain. Superdelegates declare for Obama now!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  125. Michael

    I have no problem with letting the process playout as long as the Clinton Machine will stop trying to destroy the other democratic canidate. It seems the only way Hillary can come close is by knocking down her opponent to the point where it would hurt the democratic party in the general election.

    Michael P
    El Seundo Ca

    April 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  126. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Statistically the numbers are in already which show Obama to be the front runner and with that fact, yes the superdelegates have no reason to continue to pander, what are they afraid of.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  127. marie

    No – but the rules need to be defined and handled much better by the DNC before the next election process begins. I don't think there should be any superdelegates. And I especially don't think it's right that most have been lobbied and some have even been paid in order to persuade their decision. Leave it up to the popular votes – one equal vote per person.

    marie in sc

    April 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  128. Barry IL

    Superdelegates will NOT act outside the popular vote and pledged delegates. If superdelegates reverse the popular votes and pledged delegates lead to nominate the underdog, then it will be a challenge to democracy itself. Actually, such scenarios sounds like out of the old Communist CC members action. Time will tell, whoever leads in pledged delegates and popular votes will be the nominee. Senator Clinton's realistic fate lies on her peformance in Penn State and NC.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  129. Jerry Wilson

    Superdelegates should wait until voters voices have been heard, and that includes Florida and Michigan voters. Any process that disenfranchises voters of any state will result in a lose for democrats in November.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  130. Bob Fleming

    The Democrat Party should not asks the Super Delegates to make up their minds until all of the state primaries have been concluded.

    At that time they will know which candidate won the total popular vote and which candidate won the moste votes based upon electoral college allocation of delegates.

    The primary factor they should consider is the strenght of the respective candidates in the "swing states".

    Wins in states such as Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are meaningless. There is no way the Democrats are going to carry these states.

    Wins in "swing states"such as Illinois California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri,Washington, the New England States and New York are significant because these states can go to either party.

    Obama and Clinton are both capable. The country cannot afford four more years of a Republican in the White House. After reasoned deliberation the Democrat Party needs to pick the more electable of the two.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  131. Cynthia

    The majority of them already know who they are going to support, but don't want to be subjected to the Clinton/Carville and others raft that Bill Richardson is going through. Tell them don't be scared – it will be okay. haha

    April 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  132. Mary in Albany

    I think all superdelegates should set their clocks for 3am on July 1st, and send their vote straight to the DNC.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  133. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Yes. Why would they have to wait if Hillary cannot even win the states that she herself said were important to win in November. The election in November isn't going to be decided by just Michigan and Florida which she is fighting so hard to include. And, how does she even know she would win Michigan when Obama was not even on the ballot when she "won"? I think it is pretty obviously right now that the people want Obama and if the superdelegates overturn the people, there is going to be revolution in the Democratic party, if one even exists after that.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  134. Cee, Lawrence, KS

    Right now Obama is flying high and Hillary is in "vulture mode". If Obama falters, she'll pounce. Most of the remaining uncommitted delegates will allow that for another month or so until the primaries have ended. Then these politicians who want to be on the winning side will speak out and it'll be over except for the formality of the convention.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  135. James D (Cary, NC)

    Not at this point. Clinton has set things so that choosing Obama is misogynistic. Obama just needs to learn from Clinton that politics isn't as genteel as he is.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  136. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Superdelegates need to take a look at what Hillary is telling them that Obama cannot win in November. They are changing their minds and going for Obama. I gave the Superdelegates much more credit than they are showing. I'm telling you, if Obama gets the nomination, the Republicans will have a field day with him. Swift boad ads will look like grade school hype. HILLARY is strong enough to win against the Republicans. She has great ideas. She doesn't get enough credit for her intelligence. Everyone thinks she is hateful and mean, I see a person that is always thinking about the needs of this country.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  137. Mary, Casa Grande, AZ

    Jack...

    According to the website that I am watching for SuperDelegate counts there are still 462 uncommitted SuperDelegates. Senator Obama only needs 395 of those (or other pledged delegates) to cinch the nomination. I would love to see 171 of the uncommitted superdelegates endorse him over the next 18 days. One on the first day, then two more on the second day, then three on the third day and so on....
    Honestly, I just want to see Billary implode.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  138. Pat in Califronia

    Yes. They should decide early and I think they will.

    Have you noticed the drip...drip.....drip?? Superdelegates are running to Obama.

    In reality, this race is over and Hillary is just hanging on to destroy democrat's chances of winning the white house. She is really a vicious woman.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  139. Marc, Toronto

    Jack

    How long do these super delegates need to vote their conscience? Superdelegates should know by now who they support. That is unless they are being influenced by factors such as political favors, fear of being referred to as Judas or a simple lack of backbone.

    Perhaps, superdelegates are confused and are not sure which Hillary to consider. The one that uses humor and tears, the one that throws the kitchen sink or the one that mis-speaks and deceives in order to get votes.

    My thoughts are – what are they waiting for? They have a once in a lifetime candidate like Barack Obama that has arrived on the political scene at the exact right time in our history. He's honest, sincere, trustworthy and comes with little or no baggage.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  140. Russ from New Wilmington, PA

    Yes. It's the only way to end the infighting among Democrats well in advance of the convention, something everyone, except the Clintons, seem to want.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  141. Chryssa

    I don't see what difference it makes. Hillary's going to hang on till someone pries her fingers off the edge.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  142. kb from Iowa

    I wouldn't want to be one of the last remaining super delegates to have to decide the fate of this thing. Talk about a no win situation. You'll end up disappointing half the democratic party. If you know for sure who you're for, I'd be declaring it right now to avoid the scrutiny it will surely come to in the end.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  143. Richard

    Yes Jack, the superdelegates should make up their minds at the close of all of the primaries in June. At this time, all of the numbers will be in; however just remember that figures don't lie but LIARS FIGURE.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  144. Hunter in PDX

    Look, the reality is that it will be Obama / McCain this fall. The Clintons are just ensuring that they will NOT be part of process after teh convention. Fine! We need to move on and clearly define what this election is all about: same old people making money off of military no bid contracts, or the future investment in our kids and country.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  145. paul cahoon

    oh yeah........................ No

    April 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  146. Marc

    They should. Superdelegates need to understand that NAFTA hurt this country and Hillary White House Sched. shows that she was a big supporter for NAFTA and also making side-deals with Colombia. This shows that Ohio was fooled. Upstate NY is already feeling the pain and soon PA. Lets end this race and focus on McCain who by the way, feels bad now for not voting for a MLK day. Since 83 he now feels bad!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  147. CJ

    There's a greater risk of messing things up if you try to complete a task to quickly rather than slow and carefully. We need to let this process finish on its own schedule and let every registered voter in America have their say. Clinton still has my vote and the votes of many other Americans who believe in her and her message.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  148. Collin Galloway

    Jack,
    There are approximately 300 days left in this eight-year nightmare that has been the Bush administration. The longer the Democratic Party prolongs the race between Clinton and Obama, the greater the chance that Bush will be given a third term to be served by his surrogate, John McCain. Hillary needs to accept the fact that Obama will be the Democratic candidate ASAP so the Dems can concentrate on defeating McCain.

    Collin
    Hayden,ID

    April 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  149. Karl in CA

    I believe the last primaries are in June. One week after that, which is when the conventions should have been held, they need to decide. Give it to the front runner so they can start working on McCain. Dragging on until August is ridiculous. If they ignore the majority, I'll vote for Nader.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  150. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    Yes, Yes, Yes!! Clinton benefits by this grinding on by either somehow stealing the nomination, or by damaging Obama enough that he loses to McCain while she positions herself to run in 2012. It seems that the only thing greater than the Democrat leaders distain for the Clintons is their overwhelming fear of them. Would the Demcrat leadership (I know it's an oximoron) have allowed any other democrat to play dirty against Hillary as she has against him. I tthink not.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  151. paul cahoon

    I just learned something.... If you make 2 comments on your blog, the first one gets lost... nice work jack................... The first one had all the good stuff.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  152. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    I do believe that they should make up their minds early and spare the entire Democratic Party one giant headache; but I can see how they would be pressured into doing so... From both campaigns, especially Billary's, the DNC Chair, the political columnists and the voters... the superdelegates are being funneled into a little cave at the very end of the path. Many of them would like to break away before they smack into the wall at the very end.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  153. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    NO, because the race is still close enough that it's anyone's game. If they want to make up their minds, they will. More interesting from my point of view, is whether the dems will change their entire system before 2012 because of this debacle...

    April 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  154. DMW

    I say Hillary should drop out of the Democratic party and become an Independent. She should run as an Independent. This way, she will take her 50% of the Democrats who knows she is the best qualified for the job and win the Presidency. Obama is not going to get Hillary's supporters because the liberal media and Obama's campaign has done nothing but disrespect her. We are not going to vote for Obama anyway in November. McCain is our other choice, but, I prefer to vote for Hillary.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  155. Nuwan Sam

    DNC can suggest it but they should not force it. Why can't these people let the defined process run its course ? This is good demcracy as far as I see it. People are so much engaged in the process. What is wrong with that Jack ? What is the hurry ?

    Nuwan from Houston TX

    April 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  156. Norisha

    That would be a........... Yes!!!!

    Yes WE CAN!!!!
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  157. deep_eye

    Yes, positively. In fact, it's way past time. What the Clinton's are doing to the party in the name of their own selfish interests is absolutely criminal. Stop this madness, NOW!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  158. Theresa

    " Clinton has a whole team of aides who stay in constant touch with superdelegates in an attempt to keep them from deserting, but it’s not working."

    Are you serious? She's begging her supportors to not change their mind? Change is the reason people are backing Obama. I cannot believe that statement.

    Hillary's supportors and their irrational statements about her and not supporting who ever the party nominates is frustrating and even a little scary. She is making haters out of normal people. I am ashamed to be a former backer of Hillary Clinton.

    Obama 08

    Yes, I wish the superdelegates would speak up once and for all so that if Hillary is the nominee that she doesn't do anything else to disgrace herself and if she's not (which we all know she won't be) she can stop tainting a great man with a very bright future ahead of him. A man who's going to see that our country has a bright future.
    Barack Obama...

    April 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  159. Alex in Santa Barbara, CA

    Yes of course Jack. Their votes are the only thing that Hilary can't control and the quicker they get their decisions out the faster she will shut up. No offense to Clinton but my ears are worn from all the baloney she has been spewing.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  160. Jerry of San Diego

    Jack
    Back in the days when party candidates were elected by their party it was done at the convention with caucuses. If they are going to have the voters do the electing, keep the "Super Delegates" out of it. They should only be used if a popular vote can't get the job done and it goes all the way to the convention. Reason being is that an early announcement of the Super Delegate's selection can sway voters in states before their election time arrives. Leave it to the Democrats to think up such a stupid method of selecting a candidate. They set in motion a system that can only end in the loser screaming "The election was stolen from me."

    April 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  161. Greg

    Please read JT from Manhattan's comment. It's hysterical.

    Greg
    Oak Park IL

    April 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  162. Chas./Albany, NY

    The DNC made the rules, unwise as they may have been, so let them stick to it. It was fine when "she" was almost coronated but now the tables may be reversed. She and her husband are turning every screw to get re-seated on the throne.
    Who is that guy on the radio that keeps saying "just follow the money?"

    April 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  163. gerry

    To be objective,
    you should mention the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    The NYT writes “Senator Barack Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month…as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February ..."

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  164. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Jack-

    Yes, they should come on out and state who they are supporting now – there is no reason to continue this nonsense. Hillary should be back in the senate getting some work done and Senator Obama needs to begin to focus his time solely on Senator McCain so that Obama will be able to win in November by a huge percentage.

    Leah, Houston, Texas

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  165. Arnold,WV

    Hey Jack,You and I know that a Clinton loss is inevitable.This question of super delegates deciding early has been asked dozens of times.Hillary always comes up with the old "there of those who would like to end this race and disenfranchise the voters of the next 10 contests".As a voter of WV which is 5/13, I would not feel a bit offended.Yes ,I say let it end.Will they do it? Probably not.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  166. Brooke

    I think that it is time for all fo them to make up their minds if they do it early enough, and favor Obama then maybe Clinton will drop out the race and save the Democratic Party, we need more than 8 weeks to campaign for the general election. Somthing has to happen and soon!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  167. Corey, Maryland

    Yes they should, that way Obama can get the nomination quicker and we can start fighting McSame. If they dont then Hillary is going to stay in the race and ruin it....

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  168. Gary, Colchester, CT

    Unfortunately for him (and the party), Dean can't ask them to come out before the voting is over. Hillary has made the term 'disenfranchisement' such a household term now, that we have to wait until after the voting is complete to have the superdelegates step in. I can't think of ever having used the term before this election, but this race sure has changed things. Previous elections used terms like nobility, honorably, and mercifully.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  169. tammie Alphonse

    Correction to my first comment, I ment HILLARY WILL MAKE IT IN 2008!!!! not 200811

    April 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  170. dEMABRAT

    No, what are you trying to do Jack. I know lets have Jack decide for us.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  171. Alex H

    Yes, they should ask but not demand it.

    Alex
    Waterbury, CT

    April 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  172. Rus from St. Paul, MN

    This is the worst thing for Super Delegates. How are they supposed to serve their original role as impartial and choosing the candidate for the good of the party? Most in public office fear making the wrong decision in this election, they're looking out for themselves, not the good of the party.

    This is better decided by the voters. Eliminate super delegates from the equation, go with the pledged delegate count at the end.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  173. sandy in Ohio

    The superdelegates have to vote early, so that the Dems. can start running a national campaign and stop fighting amongst themselves. I am so sick of hearing about "what if" scenarios. I am an Obama supporter but I would feel the same way if Hillary had won as many primaries as he has, and so would she. The arguement that she has won the big states that he can't win doesn't hold water, Most Dems will vote for the canidate the party puts up and that includes Ohio where I am from. Let's stop all the bickering and get on to beating the hell out of the Republicans.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  174. Patricia in Louisiana

    Jack –
    The answer to that question is a resounding YES. Seriously, how many of these superdelegates are truly still undecided? I would bet no more than a handful. The Clinton campaign's abusive treatment of Bill Richardson is to send a message to other superdelegates not to cross them. It is despicable. It is time to back the winner of the most states and the most elected delegates - a number that will not change even after the next 10 primaries.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  175. Gerry

    Jack

    The polls in Pennsylvania are much tighter, and some now show Obama ahead. He's got a massive lead in North Carolina and tied in Indiana where he's done limited campaining.

    I'd expect when these 3 primaries are over, Obama has a larger lead in pledged delegates than he currently has, and virutally impossible for Clinton to take over.

    Since the primaries are about delegates and Obama will win the most number of pledged delegates and an insurmountable lead after Indiana; the super delegates should jump on board at that time and end this thing.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  176. Valerie from Middletown Connecticut

    Yes ! It has been proven that neither candidate can clinch the nomination without the Super Delegates input. Lets just wrap this up, unite and put our energies towards winning the GE.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  177. Glenn, Houston

    Absolutely, Jack, they have had over a year now to see Hillary in action and she her negativity, her divisiveness and polarizing words, actions and behavior. Her campaign is in a tail spin and is unable to raise enough money to even pay their bills earning them the nickname of "deadbeats." Her daily "misspeak" and use of racist attack men (Bill and Carville) illustrates she has no character, integrity and lacks both the moral and spiritual compass to direct her way.

    The super delegates know the math and they know what her chances are should she win 63% of the popular vote in all the remaining elections. Their endorsements will help stop the bitter divisiveness within the Democratic Party.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  178. Pat in Califronia

    Jack,

    Please pick comments by:

    Marc, Toronto

    He describes it perfectly.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  179. Jenn in St Louis

    Yes, I do think they should be encouraged to make their decision sooner than later. All it takes is a brief perusal of any online community to see how divisive the average internet discussion fan finds the situation to be. Clinton backers are tearing apart Obama backers who are tearing apart Clinton backers. And I don't mean the folks in the news themselves, I mean the folks who are commenting on the news.
    I don't expect everyone to get along, but coming together behind a candidate sooner than later would be best for the democratic party in the general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  180. Susan in Texas

    Superdelegates are withholding their support for the same reason people can't commit to marriage - either they are afraid of marrying the wrong person or they like being courted more than they want to get married. Depending upon your outlook, they are either being self-preserving or self-centered.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  181. Steve in Scandia, MN

    The superdelegates were employed by the DNC and as such they should abide by the will of their employer. In the jobs I've had telling the boss what I should or should not do has never worked out well for me.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  182. Patrick, Orlando, FL

    Jack, I hope I never have to hear the word "superdelegates" again after this election. Who came up with this stupid idea in the first place? Just hold the darn election and let the people decide for crying out loud.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  183. Gerry

    Jack

    I'm not sure the super delegates want to get involved as yet. There's still too much sniper fire and all the Clinton mispokes have them confused.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  184. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    Actually, they need to just get rid of the super delegate system. It defies the concept of one person, one vote. The DNC rules are really the culprit here – neither Michigan nor Florida moved their primaries before the IOWA primary date – why do certain states get to go first anyway? The DNC should focus on a solid platform and sound policies. It would be much simpler to just say "no state will hold its primary before January 3rd of the election year." The DNC has disenfranchised voters.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  185. Marcus mt.olive

    Yes but only if they do it on national tv and take a lie detector test to see if they were promised anthing ;

    April 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  186. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    No. Why spoil all the fun? Play the drama out to the bitter end. You never know if another Rev. Wright is waiting in the wings or worse.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  187. Robin Wagner from ct

    Dear Jack,
    Yes the super delegates should say whom they are for early .
    Because if they don't the Dem's will be in trouble coming at the end of this race . If go to convention . It seems to me Hillary taught she had this rapped up like a pretty package . On supper Tuesday . Well the surprise is on her . Barack Obama became the front runner . And won now more delegates . More states and Most popular vote. What makes her think she going to catch him . ?
    Rest of the contest he will gain more delegates win or lose. And more popular vote. And super delegates will leave her side . As it show it happening now .
    So yes Jack the super delegates should begin choosing now . End this . I know for a fact the people are fighting over the two . I see it in my day to day life . When people talk about Hillary and her lairs .

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  188. Wayne

    If a state has already voted then the superdelegtes in that state should also pledge their vote and endorse someone. Yet most hide in the shadows until the know its safe to come out. This is because Bill and his snaked tongued bullies are actually disenfranchising the superdelegates.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  189. SPQR753

    NO!, NO!, NO!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  190. Ken

    NO! The whole process needs to go the distance. Keeping in mind that the Super Delegates CAN change their vote. They are not bond to not changing their original vote.

    The media has been given Obama a unfair advantage over Hillary. So I think that the media needs to be more fair, and stop given only good comments to Obama

    Hillary is a better candidate to be able to beat McCain in November!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  191. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Definitely, yes! This campaign has been going on so long that I can almost recite Obama and Clinton's speeches by myself (except Clinton changes her mind more often).

    Let's move on, and let Obama put his energy towards running against McCain.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  192. Carol, Springfield, MA

    I believe that the super delegates should make up their minds after the last primary is held. No point making a decision earlier because that would just fan the fire of hell from Hellary.

    If they wait it out they might get more gifts and incentives from Hell before forced to make a choice.

    Of course, we all know that pledged delegates are also up for grabs so please donate to the Clinton campaign so that they can offer gifts and incentives to those delegates too. For Hellary's pledged delegates, just email her with your name and address and request for a token of her appreciation otherwise threaten to switch to Obama.

    But, like Hell said, you can vote for whoever you think will make the best president.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  193. Ann - Charleston, South Carolina

    I think the DNC is is getting nervous. The Republicans have their nominee and are starting to campaign for the general election. The Democrats have two candidates in a very close contest and the convention seems an eternity away. I think the pooh-bahs in the DNC should do whatever they think is fair to both candidates and what is best for their party. I don't know enough to say what they should or should not do.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  194. garrick

    hi jack
    yes they should because if not Hillary will have another party for them or try to act like she met Dr King when she was 14,be for real she didnt meet Dr King when she was 14 just like running for cover again.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  195. Nikki in Somerset, New Jersey

    YES!
    And hopefully they will choose Obama before 3 am.
    So we can get him in the White House to answer that phone.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  196. Sarah, Central, VA.

    Jack, do you really want to be a kill-joy and take away some states first chance to make a difference in the primaries. We also have a chance of another Rev. Wright or Bosnia incident come up that could change the outlook. I do think that when the super delegates make up their minds. they should take in consideration that Obama's wins where mostly in caucuses and that is not how the general election goes; There was a lot of intimidation at the caucuses which did skew the results. Caucuses should be done away with–Texas's caucuses couldn't have been fair if one paid any attention to CNN inside reports of fraud and chaos.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  197. George from Florida

    Jack, The DNC already changed the rules mid-stream by not allowing Florida and Michigan delegates to count. So why don't the just change the rules once again and NOT allow the Superdelegates' votes to count ?

    This way, you'll have a nominee that was truly elected by the people.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  198. Kevin

    I think they should choose before the convention, but they shouldn't be expected to make a choice before the primaries are over. It's still close enough so that the remaining states should be counted.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  199. Robin Wagner from ct

    Dear Jack,
    Yes the superdelegates should say whom they are for early .
    Because if they don't the Dem's will be in trouble coming at the end of this race . If go to convention . It seems to me Hillary taught she had this rapped up like a pretty package . On supper Tuesday . Well the surprise is on her . Barack Obama became the front runner . And won now more delegates . More states and Most popular vote. What makes her think she going to catch him . ?
    Rest of the contest he will gain more delegates win or lose. And more popular vote. And superdelegates will leave her side . As it show it happening now .
    So yes Jack the superdelegates should begin choosing now . End this . I know for a fact the people are fighting over the two . I see it in my day to day life . When people talk about Hillary and her lairs .

    Robin J Wagner
    Ledyard , CT

    April 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  200. ben Palmdale Ca.

    Jack
    Yes, they should all vote to declare themselves nul and void and let the voters actually decide who should be the democratic standard bearer!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  201. D In Washinton

    If they have not yet made up their minds, then they must be drinking some klood aid. I mean, after twenty debates plus numerous stump speeches, the super D should have done it a while ago. Come on, it is not that hard. Yes Jack, Super D ought to act now!. Have a great week Jack.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  202. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I believe that only the disgruntled will announce sooner than the convention–or at least the last Primary. This is mostly out of courtesy to Bill Clinton as the current party Visiar. But I agree it doesn't look pretty for Hillary right now. Between those who have declared–and those who have hinted (Jimmy Carter) who they will support she'll have to work some serious mojo to get a majority in my calculations.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  203. Neelam

    Some Clinton supporters are now suggesting that she needs to top Obama in the popular vote in order to have any chance of winning.
    This is ridiculous. Clintons started to emphasize superdelegates when Obama got a clear lead in pledged delegates, now Obama is nearly likely to lead her in superdelegates too, Clintons are emphasizing on popular votes. I tell you, once Clinton supporters figure out they can not make it in popular votes as well, then they'll probably start emphasizing numbre of big states.
    So, the point of endorsement by superdelegates is gettng over. Look at their momentum among superdelegates endorsements. It has been consistently in Obama's favor since last 3 months. So, most of them are likley to go for Obama, no matter when they will make their decision. Not only that, some of those who endorsed clinton earlier are now chaning their mind.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  204. Christine Tampa Fl

    Jack,

    Report on her chief strategist lobbying for a free trade agreement with Columbia while he's running her campaign. If this outrage receives the media coverage it warrants the super delegates won't have to decide early. Pa will decide for them.

    Christine

    April 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  205. judy

    Why not? For Clinton to say that all the voters voices need to be heard is absurd. Not all the Republican voters got to vote for their candidates when it became clear that McCain was going to be the winner.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  206. paul oregon

    yes the sooner the better after this mark penn ruse . i dont see how any one can belive her .another free trade she is not for . wink,
    wink penn. an ind. thumbs down hillary b.s.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  207. Joseph B.

    Yes. That the only way Billary will be able to read the "writing on the wall"'. So say George W.H Bush

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  208. Rick Jeffrey

    No! Let everyone vote. Count the votes. Whoever gets the most votes wins. I think that IS the meaning of democracy. If your team is behind 6 to 4 in the 8th inning do you root for the umpires to call the game. Come on!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  209. andrew of california

    The sooner the better but, with accountability. I want to see Representatives and Senators post on both Obama’s and Clinton’s websites why they voted as they did. I want to see other DNC superdelegates post how they were made a superdelegate (why their vote is thousands of times more powerful than a simple citizen’s vote) and why they voted as they did. There should be no cookie cutter messages. Each entry should be original and concise (about 1,000 words).

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  210. Tawana -IL

    Yes, they should. Lets get a nominee already!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  211. Charles Laster

    No, the superdelegates should wait up, and hold their collective horses. They're supposed to be judicious, to judge without being stampeded by popular emotion. Now, if any candidate gets shut out of due consideration, their supporters won't support the nominee. As is, 25% of Clinton's supporters won't vote for Obama, and 25% of Obama supporters won't vote for Clinton. This would insure the election of McCain. And why the naked hostility to Hillary among the Mainstream media? Obama's equally dependant on the superdelegates, and apparently has real difficulty getting the working class, women's, or Hispanic vote. He's so ill-qualified, that this yellow-dog democrat will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nod.We're voting for a president, not a television host.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  212. Tony (Missoula, MT)

    I think that the super delegates that represent states that have not held their primaries or caucuses yet have every right to wait. As a Montanan, I appreciate Governor Schwitzer and Senators Baucus and Tester, and the other super delegates representing me for waiting until their constituents have had their say before throwing their weight behind a candidate.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  213. Neelam

    One thing i do not understand is why are these so called "well known and exoerienced party figures" are taking more time to endorse candidates than ordinary voters? I thought they already had a good judgement of who is right and who is not right within the party line.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  214. yiayia

    yes, jack...that way it will be obama against mccain and now they can go on revealing their promises they cannot keep..

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  215. John

    I seriously do not believe these superdelegates- all of whom are active Democratic party activists and leaders- are truly undecided.

    They are just saying they are undecided because they enjoy the attention that is lavished on them by both candidates and campaigns.

    Some of them might be seeking special favors in return for their endorsement. Shame on them if that is the case!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  216. frank

    No, they should declare as the see fit. Their job is to see whats best for the party and when they see that Hillary has ripped the party enough then they should stop the bleeding. But its entire their choice.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  217. Joe Jackson

    Yes

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  218. Gary McGovern

    Yes they should. No they shouldn't (how's that for a decisive answer?)

    April 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  219. Cee

    Superdelegates should declare only when the popular vote has been decided in their states. They should focus on the 'will of the people.' How is it a democracy if just a few decide based on their own personal whims?

    April 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  220. mikeytherhino

    No reason why they can't ask. But this being America, Land of the Free, home of The Amazingly Stubborn, they won't all follow orders. Howard Dean is Not Robert Mugabe. He's Just not that powerful, he CAN'T force them to do anything they don't want to do.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    April 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  221. Andy

    No, they should be abolished. The majority vote should count, the democratic voters should decide. The candidate with the most votes should be the nominee. Why should a small group of people decide our nominee? This is not the 1700's, we have press, media coverage, we have tons of information about the candidates. Lets abolish the electoral college too!

    April 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  222. Carlos

    Carlos – New Britain. Connecticut,

    Since their seems to be a trickle of Super Selegates going to Senators Obama's way, we should urge the rest of the Super Delegates to follow suit. Senator Clinton is becomming desperate and is now throwing the boiler and toilet along with the kitchen sink. This in my opinion shows bad character.

    April 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  223. Mary Herbers

    Superdelegates shouldn't get to make up their minds at ALL!! They should get one vote, in private, just like the rest of us! If they overthrow the will of the people, it will destroy the Democratic Party and the voting system as we know it. Before the 2012 elections, they should completely revamp our system, throw out the electoral college, primaries, etc and let all candidates names be on the ballot in November, winner-take-all. Now we have to vote for three candidates that NO ONE WANTS!! Why vote in the fall when John Edwards was forced out long ago? What happened to freedom of choice???
    Mary, Dyersville, Iowa

    April 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  224. Sunny, Bristol CT

    Why asking this questing?

    You can not even wait until PA and other states finish their voting?

    What do you fear ?

    Fear "Party departs" or the situation changes?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  225. bobby

    I think the Superdelegates who are from states that have already voted have no reason not to weigh in. They know how their respective constituencies voted and so they should be ready to decide unless they are holding out for other reasons.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  226. Frank McIlmail, Rochester, MN

    The superdelegates from those states which have already held caucuses and primaries should openly declare NOW for the candidate who won the popular vote in their respective state. Anything to get this thing decided.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  227. Karl in MI

    They should do what Dean said....make a decision by June.

    Also, what I don't understand is why is this termed a close race... go back 6 months and ask yourself what you would think if this current situation were playing out now!

    I would simply summarize that Clinton is not electable even amongst Democrats let alone the rest of the electorate...

    Looks like the country wants real change!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  228. Marc - Texas

    No! We need to get to know Obama better and according to the latest state by state polls, Clinton is on track to win almost all of the remaining states except NC.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  229. Ben, MD

    Absolutely. Before Hillary's influence turn out to be stronger than our voices.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  230. Joe St Louis, MO

    Jack,

    Lets be real and let the states vote. I am interested in seeing what the people want. I know this sounds a bit crazy but after all that is the idea in America........Right.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  231. Tom

    Mcain is trying to re-define himself with little comments from our eventuial nominee. The superdelagates should declare now and end it.

    The longer the race goes on, the better for McCain. Don't want that.

    Obama has won. Clinton's can't accept the fact that she lost. Get over it. Move on and unite. Lets elect the entire ticket, President/Vice President & Senators/Reps etc. We need change now.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  232. joan

    Jack: Yes! They need to get behind Barack. Barack Obama needs time to get his ducks in a row to beat McCain in Nov. I am getting more weary everyday. Enough Already . Joan

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  233. Bill in New London, CT

    Without a doubt! I'm all for letting the people have their say, but once they've had it, why not find out the nominee ASAP. There's nothing to gain in having superdelegates wait until the convention, and plenty to lose. We need to go after McCain, get true polling date, whatever it takes to win the election and save our nation from four more years of THIS.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  234. Sneed, Keller, TX

    We have to start looking forward to November. It's about a Democrat in the White House. Mccains having a lovely time compaigning with no opposition. Come on superdelegates end this!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  235. Daset from Bowie, MD

    Treat it like sex. Don't rush it, and you'll have more fun.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  236. Paul D

    My vote: No urgent rush, but YES it would be good for the Democratic party if we can settle on our nominee in June, rather than let the whole summer go by with continued infighting while McCain coasts easy.

    I hope the current situation keeps on.... a continued trickle of Superdelegates coming out for Obama. But no mass rush to force Clinton out. Her supporters must be handled respectfully, and there are millions of them. Democratic victory depends now on Clinton's supporters; Obama's are all but certain to get their nominee. So we need to press Obama's spokespeople to stay diplomatic and respectful throughout all of this, even if Clinton does not do the same. It's a double standard but I can't stress it enough, Obama (and by extension his wider team) needs to stay a gentleman and a class act throughout all of this no matter what. He's inches from winning the nomination, but tone and perceived attitude will make all the difference as to whether Clinton's supporters gradually come on board ... or not.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  237. Richard

    I strongly feel that the supers should make up their minds before the convention. A messy floor fight would only doom the party to defeat in November. Trust me, the party bigwigs WILL NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN!! I think that it is going to play out like this: Obama will continue getting about 1 new super a day for awhile, then the primaries will play out pretty much as expected; and at the end of June, the remaining supers will decide and Barack Obama will be designated as the nominee. Although I think there is a chance this will be decided before then, especially if Obama can pull an upset somewhere.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  238. Brian

    Super delegates should decide before the convention, but after the last primary has been held. Hillary Clinton still has a chance to win this with victories in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and other states, and it wouldn't be fair to voters in those remaining states if super delegates decided before they could vote.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  239. dulce

    Yes, since they will not rich the number of popular votes necessary, it will help the democratic party if they do so.

    Thanks
    Dulce

    April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  240. John-MO

    Let the people's voices be heard. Let all the State's vote. Then let the super delegates decide. But of course when Obama loses in November because he is the weakest candidate, his followers will blame Clinton for staying in the race too long.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  241. Michael Hemphill

    Yes – they have all of the information they could need. I cant see how they could be serving the best interest of the people and the party by letting two formidible and respectable candidates claw at each other. Obama will be the nominee, the dems cant overturn the will of the voters and they wont. Its best to move forward and unite this party before we lose the momentum that should assure us the White House in November.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  242. Jessica

    Now come on that wouldn't be fun at all!!! Who wants to actually know who's running for president?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  243. Garvin Trinidad and Tobago

    People are pointing to Hillary Clinton high negatives as to why she should not be the nominee. But her raise in negatives come after the Rev Wright comments and her she made about it. If you may recall because, the media seems to forget, Rev Wright used Hillary Clinton name in his hate speech, not Mc Cain or any other candidate. So why is she being characterized as the villain. So super delegates think about that before you make your decision and ask the question why Obama knew Rev Wright for 20years and had no idea that he had thoughts such as this?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  244. Nickolaus, San Diego, CA

    I actually prefer the idea of a bunch of guys smoking cigars and deciding things to the way things are going now. If all the primaries were on one day, we wouldn't have this problem - but that wouldn't be good for the media, would it?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  245. peggy

    This whole thing boils down to the fact that MEN are going to vote for a man, color does not matter, the only issue is that a man can not stand the thought of a WOMAN being President. Hillary should get rid of all those men like Mark Penn,(who just like all men they think well for a nicer way of saying this below the belt). The Media is bashing her for everything and so are the men of her own party because they fear her because she has a brain and that is not what men admire about a woman. Of course if there were more women in politics the scandals would be less and then what would you guys have to talk about. Men have run this county for over 200 years and look where we are, don't have the space to elaborate on those issues. I am sure this will not be posted, but it is more for CNN. By the way does Oboma have part ownership in CNN.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  246. Izzy, San Jose, CA

    What's the rush, Jack?

    It is so wrong about letting the ultimate decision happen at the convention? Instead of covering the stupid Hollywood antics of these canidates who really differ very little, let's spend some time really getting to know what they stand for through some genuine debate and analysis. What do Hillary, Barack, or even John stand for anyway?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  247. Luke

    After North Carolina and Indiana, these "superdelegates' need to make a decision. They must make public their endorsement, so that the DNC can establish a moral nominee. No later than Memorial Day.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  248. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack,

    It's not early if all the primaries are over, so sure. Why wait?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  249. Sacto Joe

    First, let's get past the "big" states. If nothing changes in terms of the "momentum", then Senator Clinton needs to step up to the plate and do the right thing.

    After the "big" states, if momentum doesn't change and she still refuses to concede, then it may well be time to bring in the big guns, and hope to repair as much damage as possible before November.

    It should be considered a last resort, because it will be extremely divisive if done prior to the convention.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  250. Allen Wright

    Why are you asking this question? It seems you and other members of the press want a black versus white campaign to start because it will have more juicy bits to poke at. I guess black versus white will be more news filled than a woman versus a man. I am still waiting to hear something other than the word change come out of Obama's mouth. I think that many superdelagates are waiting for the same thing I am. Getting an answer from them this early is a sure defeat for the Democratic party. We need to force Obama to tell us what he plans to do before any thought of giving him the nomination.A declaration by the superdelgates before that turning point will allow him to continure to run on undefined change. This is one Democrat that will not vote for him without many details being defined. I would rather have McCain than a president with no plan.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  251. Tim Walters

    They should wait and see what happen,s anything can come up and destroy either one of them and then we would end up with McCain another Bush.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  252. William from Texas

    Perhaps they should. It might not turn out like some think it will. Wouldn't it be funny if Hillary comes out with more superdelegates than Obama. Then maybe we wont hear idiot comments like

    "Another day closer to the slow, painful, but inevitable end that seems more and more to be staring Hillary Clinton square in the face."

    Let's see you mention this one on the air Jack.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  253. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Jack,

    It would be good for the super delegates to decide now (they already deep down know who they will support) and end this debacle for the Democratic Party. The Democrats are simply great at snatching defeat from victory. What was once a given that we would have had a democrat for president is slip slip sliding away every day that this campaign goes on with all the negativity that is manifesting and giving John MaCain more and more time to position himself. End it now!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  254. Stunned Cleaver

    No. I think they should wait until the McCain inauguration.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  255. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Jack,

    I give a cautious "Yes, the superdelegates should end this early". Not only does the continued conflict between Obama and Clinton give McCain a head start, it also allows for semi-permanent divisions between Obama and Clinton supporters to have less time to heal before November. The longer it goes on, the more it hurts the Democrats.

    With Pennsylvania and Indiana in a dead heat, and North Carolina overwhelmingly Obama, there seems to be absolutely no gain possible from the remaining primaries that will establish things to be any clearer than they are now.

    Ideally, Clinton should've bowed out awhile ago, but she didn't and she won't, and so it is up to the leadership of the democratic party to protect their chances in the general election.

    I say "cautious" yes, because this is clearly an emotional issue for most democrats... but we need to rip off that bandaid, because it's only going to hurt more in June.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  256. Steve

    Jack, if the battle rages on until the convention, that leaves only 8 weeks for the nominee to prepare for full battle with the Republicans.
    Obama is starting his strategies now (Obama Fellows), but the focus either candidate can give to the general election can't be as intense if they're fighting each other off.

    In theory the superdelegates should wait until the convention to make their decisions (if they've made them) known. For the good of the Democratic party in this election, it would probably be best for the superdelegates to come out with their positions as soon as possible after the final state primary takes place. Of course they still have the right to change their minds by the time the convention, but at least the two candidates will know where the chips are probably going to fall if the superdelegates speak up.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  257. Solomon Freeman

    Yes, Yes, Yes. The Rep are begining to see the Dem as funny and unreasonable people. while allow things to go one when one amoung the candidate is fooling around and trying to give a bad and wrong impression of herfels and the party to all Americans.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  258. Dennis G form FL

    The only way any of them will make up their minds is if they get paid to. Saying as money is tight maybe they shouldn't ,besides all of their past decision making is what put us in this boat. The super delegates should still not exist.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  259. Tom c. - Wharton, NJ

    No, the superdelegates should wait until the remaining primaries have concluded before making their determination. This is especially important because it is likely neither Obama nor Hillary will have enough delegates to secure the nomination. There are many Democrats living in the remaining primary states that have not had a say in the nomination process for a long long time. Let these folks have their say first. This is an election after all, not a coronation.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  260. Barry from Mich

    No! Let the American swing voters see how messed up the Dems are so McCain can win!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  261. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Hi Jack, Happy Friday to you....I think Gov. Dean should demand that the Super delegates get this thing over ASAP. Why are they dragging this out, we know that Senator Obama has won, we should be getting ready to slam McBush. I'm not even sure if Hillary has the money for 10 more contest, she should be paying her campaign bills. The longer she hangs on, McBush is ready, I think that's why she's staying in, to help McBush. The longer she stay in, the nastier she get's & Bill should have been gone. I'm so sick of the Clinton's!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  262. Terri

    No I don't think so. We should stick as close to the established process in this race, which already has set a number of precedents. If we don't, it could open the door to litigation later.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  263. shawna Atlanta,Ga

    Yes, they should make the choice known now, because if it has an effect on how americans vote then the superdelegate's votes matter. They can vote for whom ever they want at the convention so if the American people choose to vote for the other candidate superdelegates can change from their original vote anyway.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  264. Lady V-NJ

    sit down Billary and let the king do his thing, you are making yourself look bad first, think back a minute when you yourself said let it stand the Florida and Michigan states but that was when you thought you had this in the bag. Sorry, but you need to get over yourself and stop tearing this party down. This is everybody's fault but your own you never had a plan beyond February, well hello what month is it now APRIL!!
    What because you can't have it you're saying he can't either shame on you! Time for you to move on find something else to do! This is not working not at all, and it's not becoming!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  265. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    YES! If they had any decency at all, they'd put her out of her misery NOW so we can get on with competing in the General Election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  266. wt LA

    Absolutey NO. Supers should wait until the last primary and the FL/MI questions have been decided.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  267. Robert Mpls

    Jack,

    I think they should declare after the last primary, as Dean and Reid have implied might happen. All the Dems in all the remaining states are excited, and if they're suddenly made irrelevant there'll be a greater chance for a traumatic party split. Clinton should be given a chance at a graceful, dignified exit from the process.

    Bob in Minneapolis

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  268. deb in az

    the super delegates can take money from the campaign....he has more money to pay out to them....... my only problem with him getting the nomination is that who will show up to vote for him? he wiil lose more than half of the clinton supporters.....if history repeats itself how many of his young supporters will show up? i still dont know what this man has to offer america....i have listened to so many of his rallies for a clue.........its the same old , same old

    April 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  269. Dave Humpal, West, Texas

    Clinton may benefit, but those of you naysayers wanting the superdelegates to declare early are going through early menopause. We live in a "I need it now" society. We are either impatient or insecure. Get a grip and let the remaining states have their say before the "supers" declare. How can they make up their minds when the entire electorate has not had its say? "Sneeze!"

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  270. Judy Frazier, York PA

    Jack, I don't know why the "superdelegates" should carry any more weight than any other voter.

    Why is no one mentioning the apparent contradiction of Hillary's "we can't disenfranchise the voters of FL and MI" malarkey, when her contention that the "superdelegates" can vote as they like would disenfranchise the voters of the entire USA?

    Either you trust the people to vote or you do not.
    Why circumvent their decisions with one artificial device after another?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  271. stephen

    Whatever the superdelegates say before the convention is irrelevant and not binding. They can change their minds at any time before and during the convention. Jack, you just want this to be over now so you can dance on Clinton's political grave. As I'm sure your dancing is on a par with Obama's bowling, give it a rest.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  272. rITA

    Only after the public has spoken & then votes should be divided on those lines, not how they personally feel unless it comes to a too close to call election. I'm not for any of our candidates, but it is "supposed to be the decision of the public!"

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  273. Dan

    That wouldn't be a bad idea, as long as all primaries/caucuses have occured. Then the candidate with the lowest number of delegates can drop out and spare the Democratic party this infighting. (Are you reading this Hillary?)

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  274. Ben

    Yes, I would like to see super delegates announce their decision on who they plan to vote for now.

    We have enjoyed / endured more than 16 months of campaigning. That has been more than enough time and information for regular voters to decide and announce. If announcing now will benefit the eventual winner (who I hope will be Sen. Obama) in the race against Sen. McCain, then this is an easy question. ANNOUNCE NOW.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  275. Robert

    What is left to think about??? get on board this Obama train it is leaving the dock.......this train is heading down hill and John Mccain is standing in the middle of the track. Run John, run !!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  276. Carl

    What difference will it make? Hilary could well decide to fight on even if all the "super" delegates announce this afternoon. The final decision will not be made until the convention, unless she formally withdraws from the race.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  277. mike oklahoma

    Absolutely not,thats why they have a convention.Why is cnn and nbc determined to give the dems a free pass?In specfic obama?We have a process when it doesnt work the way we like it we try to circumvent it.Jack should try not to be so bias and more objective.I am waiting for him to push his obama for president bumper stickers on cnn. thanks mike

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  278. JR

    NO!

    how un-democratic can we get?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  279. Avvorio

    She ain't the one. With her and Bill's admiring comments on McCain, how can she go on to bash him. I think she and John had a lover's quarrel and Bill is too dumb to know. Obama. Yes!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  280. Lynn Rainsberger

    McCain is showing his age! He is living in the past and has given no'indication as to what to do in his limited future. We need a
    president who is living in the present and has plans for the future.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  281. Jeff from the Redwoods, Arcata, CA

    A super-delegate should be able to make her/his endorsement known whenever he/she wants to do so. Personally, I wish they would all make them known as soon as possible; as we know about half or so have already made their choice known, the rest should do so as soon as possible so we can get on with the show so to speak. November is gaining on us, and so is McBush........... if they wait too long, it will be tantamount to giving a 3rd term to McBush because valuable general election time is now being spent trashing each other for what may end up being a nomination not worth having.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  282. Todd, Rochester,NY

    who are the lame brains who came up with that B.S. We live in america the people should choose Not political Num Nuts who dont know what the real world is like

    April 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  283. Jack - Connecticut

    i would like to know how Obama plans to win the general election if Hillary's supporters vote for John McCain......

    b/c the anger over blatant media bias in favor of Obama is making this a real possibility!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  284. Alex

    Yes, they have to if they want to save the party from losing again. It does not matter who they support they have to make their intention known before the convention. It will give time for the party to heal and the winner to regroup.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  285. Nick M

    Yes,sooner the better.We don't need to give McCain too much of a headstart.The only glicth is Hillary,perhaps over the weekend after going over her taxes she will drop out.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  286. Bob

    Yes, Jack it's time! How much better do we want to know these people? Rose's don't usually smell any better the longer they hang around!

    Bob from Fairfield, CT

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  287. Andrew in DC

    Yes they should decide sooner rather than later. For a superdelegate to remain undecided til the convention is merely a power play; a means to draw attention to themselves.

    The primary system, like the electoral college, needs to be overhauled or completely done away with. There should be a one-day nation-wide primary for each party and whoever gets the most votes wins. Same with the general election - who ever wins the popular vote wins. Period. That's democracy.

    The primary system and electoral college are relics from times when travel, communications and an educated public were scarcely what they are now.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  288. Marjorie

    Yes they should so we could go about the business of saving this country from the incapable hands of GWB.
    Marjorie
    Bentwood, NY

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  289. DJK

    NO! We need the democrat party to destroy itself before November.

    Viva Operation Chaos!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  290. Ryan, Champaign IL

    They should decide when and how they feel, but if they're being intimidated into not pledging now, they should be stripped of that 'Super-' prefix.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  291. Ken, LA California

    Yes definitely they should make up their minds immediately, this race is about pledged delegates and not about popular vote, the idea behind the convention is to confirm the voters choice or to deny a fraudster, I do not believe Obama is a fraudster he has earned it.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  292. mike flynn ontario

    Vote early? They shouldnt be able to vote as superdelegates at all.
    Their votes are now worth 10000 times more than everyones else. What ever happened to one man one vote?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  293. Patricia

    I thought Presidents were elected by the people, not by super delegates?????

    April 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  294. joe

    Hell no!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  295. Brad from Tampa

    Jack, yes they should decide. It's time. It is apparent that Clinton has lost, no betting man would pick that horse. Time to put the old gal out to pasture.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  296. dave walker

    nevermind the super delegates,the people of the United States should have the sayso to elect our corrupt politicians. those bums only make a terrible system even worse.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  297. Glenn Williams Sr

    Absolutely! I'm writing rrom Philadelphia, Pa. to say that Billery has shown an arrogance that implies that she believes she is intitled to the nomination simply because her name is Clinton. Let the super delegates speak now so we can get on with the business of winning the Whitehouse. After all, when a poor fatherless Black child can grow up and earn more money than the Clintons, he's already beaten the odds and gets my vote for the next President of the United States America.

    God Bless America
    Glenn C. Williams Sr.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  298. Paulinus, Canada

    The majority of these uncommitted superdelegates have no foresight. Dam it! the writing is on the wall. It is time they jump on Obama’s train before Hillary derails it for the Presidential race in November.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  299. Luke

    Yes I think that the superdelegates should make their mind up now, they need to read what each canidate stands for, then make their decision based on who they think will be the best democratic presidential canidate. Wouldn't it be something if the voters took this long to decide?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  300. Judy

    No........I believe Hillary will lose, so why not let her sweat it out. Sorry if I sound vindictive. I don't appreciate the American people being lied to.

    Judy
    Kansas City

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  301. Adrian Mora

    As Barack Obama continues to criticize John McCain for saying he’s willing to keep a 100-year troop presence in Iraq, another Obama adviser has suggested U.S. forces could stay in Iraq longer than the Democratic candidate initially thought.

    Adviser Colin Kahl wrote in a policy paper for the Center for a New American Security that the United States should transition to an “over-watch” force of between 60,000 and 80,000 troops by the end of 2010, according to an article Friday in the New York Sun.

    That appears to be at odds with Obama’s public position of removing all combat brigades from the country within 16 months of taking office.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  302. Elizabeth

    If the Superdelegates can change their mind the only vote that's going to count is the final one at the convention. However, it would be in the Democrats best interest for them to make some sort of commitment no later than a week or two after the final primary, even if it is subject to change.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  303. Alan from NY

    Whatever happened to one man, one vote? I thought this was the "Democratic" party. The superdelgates should not count more than any individual voter. For this election, they should vote with their constituents and after this superdelegates should be abolished by both parties so we don't have to deal with this tomfoolery in the future.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  304. Tony in NY

    To do so would make the remaining states vote irrelevant..

    The Dem Party is showing how inept they are.
    I am more embarrassed to be a Dem with each passing day..

    And Jack I'm curious about something, if Hillary does not get the nod will all your questions and commentary be negative ones about McCain?

    I have to say your actions are disgraceful and an insult to the news media.. But on 2nd thought maybe they aren't because the media lost its objectivity a long time ago. I never thought I'd agree with the right wing on this point, but they are correct..

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  305. sharon mcshane from collingswood, nj

    yes...i's sure they know who they are voting for. it's silly to keep up this game they're playing. if hillary is as smart as she says then she knows it's all over doe her

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  306. Jennifer in Ontario,Canada

    No, they should let the world wee the democratic process play out in full without any back room deals.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  307. Daniel Marcum

    The Democratic Party Supers must decide early in order to drag McCain off the free ride he's getting from the media. The stakes for the country are too high to allow John McSame to slide into the Presidency on The Free Ride Express.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  308. Amanda

    Absolutely, Jack. The Democratic Party is undoubtedly suffering from a backlash of the gridlock. While I agree that the superdelegates who so wish may wait until the popular elections are complete (i.e., in New Jersey, as you discussed), the momentum of the party seems to be slowed, especially since its candidate for the race ultimately rests in the superdelegates hands. It is not unreasonable whatsoever for Howard Dean and the DNC to demand resolution, so that we can move forward and tackle the REAL competition in this race.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  309. Mary in Tampa

    No to decide now negates the last ten primaries. Let the voters have their say. I think the Obama supporters are afraid Hillary actually could do very well in the popular vote. We need to let the system work. If this were turned around EVERYONE would be taking a wait and see atitude for Obama.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  310. Anthony

    Why not the states will all for the most part have made their choice. Time to get off the fence. What I find strange is if the roles were reversed and Hillery were in the lead this would have been done and done. For Pete's sake lets get this over with!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  311. C Spurgeon

    No they should not decide and neither should the media. Jack you need to mellow out and take a break. Your prejudice is showing.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  312. magelyn

    Screw the delegates, let's just count the popular vote and leave it at that.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  313. Jennifer in Ontario,Canada

    No, they should let the world see the democratic process play out in full without any back room deals.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  314. alicia

    They should decide based on the popularity of the candidates. So if that means Sen Clinton is the most popular vote for her. If it is Sen Obama, then vote for him. Decide now.

    It is now time for the Candidate to start preparing for the competition with the Republicans not wasting time fighting each other.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  315. Sandy

    Enough time has passed for the remaining super delegates to make a choice. In my opinion, I think that those who really want to choose Obama are fearful of the Clinton "wrath of hell to pay" for the remainder of their political careers.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  316. Cheryl

    It's not a game, it's the process. Hillary doesn't have to pull out, superdelegates don't have to declare. Changing the rules mid-stream is not the democratic way. Let's continue to allow voters to be engaged in the debates and make their decisions when the time appropirate time comes.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  317. J, Chicago

    They should and I am sure they have. However, they won't announce until after the PR primary in June...they don't want to make anymore voters feel disenfranchised.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  318. Judy

    Yes, this primary needs to come to a close sooner than later, our patience is varying thin.. What is the reason for the superdelegates are waiting, they need to stand on principle are pick a candidate.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  319. Olalekan

    Howard Dean need not to tell the super delegate to make up thier minds early. Hillary should be the one to make up her mind early. It too late to cry when the head is off!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  320. Vic, Ohio

    Yes they should decide, I think by the time the last election is wrapped up or before. We already know they will have to decide it so why not let the party move on.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  321. Indianapolis for Obama

    no

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  322. don from canada

    The time to come forward is NOW !
    They are trickling in one after the other but the process is too slow because the primary process is dragging on and the Democrats need to start the fight for the Presidency, now. I know the Clinton machine has all there threats out there for the super delegates but they have to realize they are all but done – now and the Clintons can hurt them no longer. Also the voters in Pennsylvania need to stand up and end the primary process now, if they vote for Oboma it is all but over for the Clintons. The time for Pennsylvania to be able to make the difference is on April 22, 2008.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  323. Alice

    Early?

    Excuse me, but it is already quite late.

    The superdelegates who declared "early" were the ones who locked in to Clinton a year ago - and now fear the consequences of jumping ship.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  324. Deb

    Yes they should put Hillary and all of US out of her misery. Let's face it she's lost .

    Deb Albany NY

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  325. MJSmith

    Jack,

    You are so transparent! What is behind your vindictive campaign to stir up negative reactions towards her?

    MJS

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  326. Matt from Shreveport, LA

    Jack,

    Why should we wait until the convention? The last time the superdelegates nominated someone that didn't win the popular vote in the primary process resulted in the most sweeping electoral victory in history (Reagan vs. Mondale). To repeat that mistake would be insane.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  327. dehlia, Mobile, AL

    I don't care if they cast their votes early, late or on time. The only thing that matters now is for the candidate to become the nominee by the popular vote. If not, I believe their will be an angry country and it will be angry towards the continuance of a Bush/Clinton Whitehouse!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  328. Fabi

    Absolutely Jack, what is the point of waiting until the candidates get to the convention, if they know full well, it would be bad for the party. Well the Superdelegates should show it by making up their minds before than and vote for the candidate they feel could best represent us and not pay attention to Hillary's camp that seems to be threatening them and pressure them in a dishonest way.

    Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  329. Ross in MD

    They should've accepted Obama LONG ago.

    If the tables were turned, and it was Obama who was a million votes and 160 delegates behind, Clinton would've declared herself Queen of the Democrats by the now.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  330. john

    The DNC best be working on how the DNC is gonna flip the bill for the re-vote primaries in both Florida and Michigan. It would be best to continue the Hillary-bashing with that in mind. Afterwards, Howie can do whatever he wants.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  331. Linda

    NO, NO, NO...whatever happened to democracy and one person, one vote. It's all about who has the most money to spend on the campaign. Even the caucuses are bogus since they are not secret votes. This country is no democracy. It's all about TV spin.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  332. James

    Yes,
    They have had plenty of time to think it over, once the primaries end they shouldn't need more than a few days to announce it. They are all democrats and there is no reason to waste several months leading up to the convention just to allow them to think, this will only hurt the party in the general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  333. Marcel Cologne, Germany

    Oh yes the DNC should force the superdelegates to make up their minds as soon as possible.
    This contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has to end. First because Barack Obama is so far away from Hillary Clinton in the pledged delegate count that she can't reach him anymore and second because that back and forth between them is really annoying at times! And if the DNC really want to have their candidate to be the next President they should end it now before John McCain could be unreachable for any democratic candidate. And due to the fact that Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton by that big margin in pledged delegates the superdelegates have to get out of that waiting session to see what happens next and have to declare for which candidate they're voting for.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  334. Andrew Miller

    What did your hour-long lead in have to do with the question? Why is it you feel compelled and justified in campaigning for Obama during your little segment? I'm an independent, and plan to vote for McCain so I couldn't really care less which of the Democrats win the nomination, but your blatant sucking-up to Obama EVERY day is getting offensive. If you want to conduct yourself like this then change the name of your segment from the Cafferty File to the Reasons to Vote for Obama File, or the Everything wrong with Hillary and McCain file. I used to enjoy your discussions on the Sit. Room, but it's reached the point where I usually change the channel when you get started.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  335. Fred from NYC

    They should wait for the convention. Any other date is arbitrary and may not reflect any disclosures or " bombshells " that may arise concerning the delegates.

    PS !!! By the way some of the Democrat Spitzer like superdelegates are conducting themselves, there may be a none available at the convention.

    Thought you'd like that one, Jack !!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  336. Brian W.

    Absolutely they should, the rest of America has to. Though it's unlikely anymore that superdelegates will play much of a role after Americans' votes are in, they should be required to vote "on time" with the rest of us. The very fact that superdelegates could have swayed the election is an appalling as it would have stripped the democracy out of the voting process. Why bother at all to voice opinion in the primaries if a politician can make act to make up your mind for you anyway? Get it over with, superdelegates, and put Obama on the hill.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  337. Martha Davidson Vancouver British Columbia

    YES!!! Please put us out of Hillary's misery! I just might have to throw my books across the room, and wear a black arm band, if they don't announce Obama the nominee SOON! Oh yes, I'll cry a little too.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  338. Rose

    You know, I am sick to death about what Obama has ans what Clinton doesn't have. CNN has breaking news "Hillary released tax returns"! Suzanne said we are pouring over them. How can a woman win with all this scrutiny. It's as though you are all looking to discredit her. Don't post it, I will post on another site about this.
    I have yet to hear you Jack, brag about some of the great delegates and super-delegates Hillary has. Typical media bias.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  339. Donald

    They should not change the rules this election since they have not been changed before. Let it work out like it always has. Before when Clinton was the leader should we have ended everything then? Sure Obama would love for Hillary to drop out, but he did not drop out when he was the underdog. He is also not winning by a landslide. Also, Bill Richardson must vote for Hillary if he goes with his state. Sorry BO! You cant have it both ways.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  340. Mecca

    What is it with you, Jack? Do you really hate Hillary that much to start your section with a headline such as "the time is finally nearing the end for Hillary Clinton" or something similar? No, the Super Delegates should think what they are doing very carefully because if Obama looses with McCain, they are REALLY going to be sorry for not backing up Hillary Clinton! Do your job, report the facts, don't give us your personal feelings which are very obvious for Obama!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  341. Richard Parker

    Jack,

    No, Give the balance of state primaries a chance to count. Playout the Michigan, and Florida race These two states in some way have to be included. We call ourselves the USA a free Republic, qa democracy. No way if the freedom to vote is taken away by those in power of the democratic party. That's right and I don't care who agreed to what in the begining. All of a sudden we have the tone of Russia here in our beloved U.S.A, say it ain't so Jack!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  342. Sonia - Texas

    They should vote now, let's get the party united and moving forward. The Clinton's will only continue to change the bench mark and the stakes that fit her diminishing fight. She put up a good fight, and I applaud her for it, but it's time to move forward. Keeping the people hanging on only diminishes the enthusiasm and delays plans for building a strong general election strategy.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  343. Debi

    Superdelegates should decide when they decide. And if so inclined should annouce when they annouce. As usual someone wants to be in control of everyone else's voice.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  344. Cheryl

    I don't think the Superdelegates should have picked who they support at all. It was my understanding that prior to this election Super Delegates were more like a fail safe system to be used at the convention if for some reason the party had a nominee that they knew would not be able to win in the general election. At that point Super Delegates would have the power to elect a nominee that had a better chance to win the election for the democratic party. In this election they have been using their position instead to steer the election.
    I think the ones who have not yet come out in support of someone should keep their opinion to themselves and let the rest of the states vote. I also think it would be nice if you and the rest of the media could at least try to act like you are reporting news and not running an infomercial where Barack Obama is the product you are trying to sell

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  345. Lou

    NO, definatlyy not! There are 10 more states to vote, 2 states have already been robbed. Is this Democarcy?? I think not! Lou KY

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  346. Tim in ATlanta

    Wait until the last primary is complete and then vote their conscience for what is best for America.....The comitted delegates should vote as their state voted.

    We need Obama in there to defeat the foggy headed old man who sells out to Bush everytime he turns around.

    McCain is a hero for his behavior as a prisoner of war. He was a pilot not a great war leader. Lets not assume that has any crossover to Commander-in-chief. Further He has never lead troops in ground combat..... His reaction formation from his POW experience making him a "super Patriot" is parallel to Bush's draft dodger guilt making him a "super Patriot" We don't need another Super Patriot. We need a cool headed leader with the judgement , forbearance and t guts to lead us through what are becoming tougher and tougher times thanks to the Clintons and the BUshes..........

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  347. Pat

    Everyone, including superdelegates, should just take a deep breath. There is plenty of time to consider the facts on which to base such a decision. For instance, maybe it's time for mainstream media to shine a little more light on Mark Penn's involvement with the Colombian cash cow for a NAFTA free trade deal while controlling Clinton's campaign strategy and being on the payroll of notoriously human rights violater, Colombia, as well as a private American venture that would no doubt be worth millions. Penn's response is pretty feable and it would be interesting to hear the Clinton opinion about it. Much may be illuminated before June 3rd.

    Pat
    Sacramento, CA

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  348. Dee, Atlanta GA

    Yes, they should make their decision known between now and May 6. It's time to move on and start preparing for the general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  349. joan

    No No No!! If it was the other way around Obama would be doing the same thing. So as far as that goes let it play out to the end. As for the two remaining states,they should also be in the mix. Who ever heard of only 48 states voteing in any election ever. Get Real. Joan NY. .

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  350. Dan, IL

    They should make up their minds now, not after two more months of "silly season" that will break the Democratic party apart.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  351. NickNas

    Jack The only reason the other superdelagates are holding out is to play Politics with their votes. Isn't this what this whole call for change is trying to stop? Are we supposed to think that they REALLY are just doing research into the candidates to see which is best? If they don't know by now they never will. Everyone is out for their own intrest and the longer each takes it looks more and more to be a fact.

    Besides, If I were an Obama supporter I would really be shy to endorse him because we all see what happens to anyone who dares not endorse Hillary. You go from hero to bum in a nonosecond.

    Nick San Diego CA

    April 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  352. mitchell martin ark.

    yes.this process takes too long.and it's causing my blood pressure to rise,trying to convince my 71 year old father that it's"barack obama",not,"obama bin laden",and that he's not a muslim,and that shouldn't matter,anyway,etc....[cantankerous old man is just like washington politics.stubborn and afraid of change.]i love him,anyway.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  353. Kent

    Having superdelegates is a crazy idea. But since they are here according to the DNC rules they can make up their minds anytime and change their minds as often as they want up until the time to vote. According to the rules they can make their decision anyway they see fit and this rule should not be changed in the middle of the race.
    Therefore, no one should be upset as to how they make up their minds and how they end up voting. That is what the Democratic party wanted when they were established. So for this race they should live with the rule and the consequences.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  354. MollyKate

    I am 18, a first time voter in May in the Kentucky primary. I do not think the DNC or anyone else like you big mouth biased news people should tell Hillary or anyone else to drop out before the convention. I also do not think that the superdelegates should not and do not have to say who they support until the convention in Denver.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  355. Diane Lander-Simon

    I would be appalled and amazed if the DNC forces Hillary to quit. Why? No one else has ever been forced out before the convention. I really can't conceive why this movement has started, persists and has become a troubling drum roll. It's right out of the Third Reich and would push me right over to the Republicans. I barely watch CNN because of your coverage. Kind of miss you all. Best, di

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  356. Alton Drew

    Asking the superdelegates to make up their minds about who they will support contradicts their supposed role. If their role is to maintain the mission and purpose of the party by keeping the masses in check, forcing the superdelegates to make up their minds early only takes away the leverage they need to fulfill this role. I still find the irony of the Democrats facing their own electoral college dilemma amusing.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  357. Tseada

    Yes!!! They need to get this over with and face the Republican Party united. It is not wise to let this drag on until August…if that happens imagine how weak and damaged the democratic candidate will be; so easy for McCain to defeat! Democrats need to get it together and find a solution to this problem.
    BTW, I have a couple questions for you all…
    Would we have tolerated Hillary if she was not the former 1st lady? Would we have let her continue her bid for the Whitehouse despite the fact that it is mathematically impossible for her to defeat Obama? How long are we going to bend the rules to accommodate the Clintons? Are we always going to let them make up the rules as they go along (Florida and Michigan votes as well as her claiming pledged delegates are up for grabs?) And if she does win the nomination, are we going to allow her t run the country by forging rules that are convenient for her…maybe something like changing the constitution to allow presidents to run for a 3rd term??? How far are we willing to go for the Clinton family?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  358. rbrannan

    No. If the Superdelegates decide BEFORE Florida and Michigan's votes and delegates are made to count as is or thru a do-over, and the Superdelegates make their decision BEFORE the end of all primaries, then their decision won't be based on the consideration or won't reflect the will of the people, all the people, all 50 states–and therefore, it won't be legitimate. RoB in PA

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  359. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Happy Friday Jack! Gov. Dean should put Demand that they pick one & let's get on to Retireing McBush. We already know that Senator Obama has won, & If the Clinton's STEAL this Election, you have no idea how ugly it would get in the USA & the World! Hillary should go back to work in the Senate. After her speech in Memphis today, I'm really mad @ her, this is Dr. Kings Day & she came to get attention for HERSELF! Pitiful!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  360. Harvey Kugler

    The answer to that depends on where we are in this endless saga in June. If its very very close then the answer is No let it continue .
    If its clear who will win then lets get it over with and start preparing for the general election. hatever we do we can't let Hillary try to hijack this convention and destroy the party with her lust for power.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  361. Rob -BC, Canada

    Best to ask Bill and Hillary what they figure is best for them today.They shift their position on whats fair, more than a Kansas twister.The Florida and Michigan delegates, the popular vote,the super delegates.......by the way, how are those tax returns coming along.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  362. sally mclain

    No, superdelegates should not reveal their choices until after Penn. votes. Let the people (who's states who's primaries are still allowed to count) vote!!

    On the other hand, seems to me you've started much too early in your relentless bashing of Sen. Clinton.

    Sally in Tx

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  363. Bud Curtis

    Jack, to be consistent, let's play by the rules that require the process to continue through the convention, if that is necessary. Should there be some major misstep or damaging information to surface about either candidate, then the super delegates can step in and choose the candidate that can win in the general election. That is how the process was designed by the Democratic party.
    If this process has gone on too long, as you seem to think, then why are there state primaries that are scheduled to the end of June?
    Give the process a chance to work as it was designed. If there need to be changes, they can be made before the next election.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  364. Yohan

    It is OK for Gov. Dean to make the request for the super delegates to make their choice known prior to the convention but I think the delegates should do so only if they want to. While the super delegates should resist party pressur to declare early, they should also resist the Clinton's campaign's pressure to hold off on declaring if they really want to do so.

    Yohan
    Ponte Vedra, Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  365. Karen Branson MO

    Superdelegates should do what they feel comfortable in doing and when they feel like it....as long as it is well ahead of the convention. Or unless Hillary keeps blasting the negatives...then it's time the superdelegates let it be known they WON'T stand for such tactics.

    I find it ridiculous that Hillary is going to those "small states" she earlier blew off as "second class" and now trying to get the delegates to "change their minds and vote for her". That's an insult!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  366. Michael

    NO!!! Hey Grumpy Jack ... get out of the Obama tank before you drown. Have you ever said anything positive about the former first lady? CNN management needs to wake up, and lable your rants as opinion ... NOT impartial journalism; otherwise, CNN will just be another MSNBC.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  367. Justin

    Absolutely not Jack!

    This race is too close to call.

    Obama is not ready!!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  368. north carolina

    I really don't think they should be forced to make their decision. I think sometimes we make quick decisions too quick because something sounds good. Obama words sounds good but sometimes things or people are "too good to be true". And for all those delegates choosing Obama because others are doing that, to me that doesn't display good leadership because a good leader "stands for what they believe" no matter what.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  369. Corinne, Stockton, CA

    At times, it seems Clinton wants McCain to win if she doesn't, giving her an opening in four years. Doesn't she care about our country? Is power more important to her than making sure we rid the WH of the failed polices of the current administration? Yes, Yes, finish this now so we can get behind Obama, the next President of the USA, and turn McCain into an "also ran" where he can't do anymore damage.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  370. Dan

    Yes, the super delagates should commit as soon as the final primary has voted. It will take the Clinton people a decade to figure out how this speeding bullit passed them and how it was created. This election process will produce the greatest upset in the history of politics. Lack of leadership, foresight, strategy, arrogance and just sheer bad judgement will be places they could start to reflect upon.
    This has been over for quit awhile, they just can't admit it.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  371. Nathan Brock Iowa City IOWA

    Started in Iowa ended in IOWA...Chill out people...Obama will be the Democratic Rep. and then the Next President. This is already a fact. No publicity is bad publicity. Hillary is staying in the race to keep the dems in the spot light and off the old man McCain. Obama vs McCain? give me a break not even a shot in heck that McCain can get it but how did Bush get it twice? I have been shocked before...

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  372. Alexa, VA

    Once the popular vote is decided, that should be the end of it. The entire superdelegate system is outdated and the idea that a party elite would go against the will of the people is disturbing. If you talk to the teenagers and young people who will really decide this race, and countless ones to come, the superdelegate system is just another flaw in our severely self-hobbled government. Let the race play out naturally and let the candidate be decided by the votes of the people. Anything else is less than a democracy. Clinton and Obama would both make excellent presidents and the people should be able to choose, not party elite squabbling over who is more electable.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  373. Bob

    If the not-so-super delegates did make up their mind early, what would the media report on? Actual interesting and meaningful news for a change possibly?? Besides, what difference does it make what the people of this great country think about what the stupidelegates should do, they are above the voting system, part of the elite ruling class, remnicient of old Europe, and you democrats are the lowly peons in their eyes!! You are not worthy!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  374. Valarie, Federal Way, WA

    YES, YES, YES, this is draging on and on.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  375. James Edward Crego

    No, it is to the people, and the people alone, that has the power to make choice as to who will be the representative in both Congress and the Presidency. They do remember the Constitution? I wonder if anyone ever does remember that document sitting in the Library of Congress. For someone threw out the rulebook and said, "To H&%! with it."

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  376. James Childs

    Jack,

    Why aren't you attacking McCain rather than Clinton? I appreciate your political view but your constant whine about Clinton makes one wonder whether you 'protest too much . . .' So many other matters in this country are terrribly more important. Clinton and Obama will resolve the nomination process without you beating a dead drum day after day.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  377. Kim from Corvallis, Oregon

    Jack,

    I realize that the Weather Channel doesn’t think there is anything between Seattle and San Francisco, but us here tree-huggin’, backwoods folk in Oregon want to have our say too in this historic election.

    Whose running again?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  378. Rosie

    Yes it is time. Why let the Clintions continue to destory the Democratic party. It is obvious it's about them not about the party.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  379. ann kuminns

    For the most part, super delegates should hold off UNLESS it's crunch time when one party is trying to not only win at any cost, , but is in the process of destroying the party at the same time. Then these members should step since it seems that there is no other way to stop this destructive wave.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  380. Scotty

    Might we send our dear superdelegates back to January in a time machine – to the days before Hill and Bill's lie, smear and distortion machine managed to slip in several quick sucker punches on Barack Obama's campaign? Might we undo the damage she's done to our party and the best candidate we've seen in a generation? And might the superdelegates vote to erase our memories of what Bill Clinton has done to his own legacy and to the dignity of the office he once held? My gosh, Jack, whenever they decide, it will be too late. We can only pray their decision comes in time to rescue us from eight more years of Bush in the form of a McCain administration.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  381. Linda

    NO the Democrat's nominee is decided at the National convention. Neither candidate can get the magic 2042 delegates until AFTER the last primary. Super delegates who are mostly Democratic elected officials who get a vote in August just as all the other delegates do. Florida and Michigan need to be resolved. Howard Dean needs to stop letting the media run the Democratic Party . The Proces will take care of itself.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  382. jeff a

    Jack,

    Would I like the Obama/Clinton sparing to end? Yes. That being said, it is still a democracy and to rush or tweak the democratic process is just plain wrong.

    By the way, Wolf is OK but Susanne is a heck of a lot prettier. Love the Cafferty file, keep up the good work.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  383. Kevin Lahndorf

    I believe that they should go ahead and vote. They know who they are backing but they don't want to be on the losing side if Hillary pulls this out!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  384. Jan, Dallas, TX

    Everyone needs to just let the electoral process play itself out. I thought we lived in a democracy.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  385. darley

    The superdelagates are wasting everyone time by holding back, you won't be asking that question now if they finaly decided to make up their mind and stop that's fiasco that's taking the democrats down to the hole. It's time for them to decide who they backing up!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  386. Larry

    I believe the voters in the remaining primary states should have their say. At the end of the primary season, when in all likelihood Barack Obama would be leading in the number of states won, "pledged" delegates, and the popular vote, it would be great political theater to watch Hillary Clinton and her team insist that she should be the Democratic nominee. To ensure her chances of winning she would offer the VP to Obama. Absolutely obscene.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  387. Marsha Lee

    Yes, the super delegates should declare at least by the end of the democratic primaries to allow the elected candidate to concentrate on the national election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  388. Lionel Fils-Aime

    Jack,
    This voodoo dance has lasted for much too long. What could those superdelegates be waiting for? I'm willing to wager the farm that their mind is made up but they're afraid to dissapoint the Clintons.
    Lionel.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  389. Lidia P. From New Orleans

    Obama is the spoiler. Hillary was positioned to win the nomination and the presidency. All those "turn-coats" against Hillary will have to have on their conscience the fact that they are splitting the party. The Super Delegates should take the present into consideration but also the future.
    This Democrat is not voting for Obama.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  390. MarilynPremo

    Yes, if we as citizens really want a change made ,the nominee needs to travel and meet with the voters to let them know for whom they are supporting instead of all this foolishness .Please do something to stop the Republicans fom steeling the show. Marilyn from F lorida

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  391. Paul Foreman

    Yes, absolutely! Superdelegates who need to wait until the convention to make up their minds don't deserve to be superdelegates. Why should they deserve more time than the average voter? Why should their votes have more weight any way? The superdelegate concept is a bunch of hooey and should be screapped!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  392. Deborah Hursey

    Yes. I believe that the super delegates should declare themselves now, even though I do not believe that a "super delegate" is more "super" than I am......

    Deborah

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  393. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    Jack would you please let the dems alone! Please pick another subject other than bashing Hillary EVERYDAY!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  394. Grace Needed from Albany, NY

    Yes, they should make their choice known after the last primary. That will give all the Senator Clinton fans a chance to grieve her loss and work through the grieving process – shock, denial, anger, bargaining, and finally acceptance.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  395. tdo

    No they should wait till the last minute. I want to see what happens after this Larry Sinclair issue that the media is avoiding bubbles to the surface.

    I don't want obama being made the nominee and having the republicans digging up so much dirt that he can't even continue to run.

    Don't any of you wonder why republicans are laying off both democratic canidates? Its because they see obama becoming the nominee and they are saving their ammo to knock him out after. They clearly see he would be the easier to defeat since obama is only winning in the states that always vote red anyway.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  396. Kellie, Philadelphia

    Jack, the nature of the demographic race warrants Superdems to make a definitive decision for Obama or Clinton and stop scratching their backsides about it! After Dems supported the Iraq war by agreeing to finance it, they better not act like punks again by avoiding the tough decisions that need to be made to regain the White House. If they sit on their hands again, I for one will be ticked off! It's time for the Dems to resume power and they better not allow any candidate to muscle them into silence. Show some backbone and make a decision for goodness sake!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  397. Richard

    Yes, before more sniper fire decimates the party.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  398. Joe from San Antonio Texas

    Once the last primary is held, there's no reason for the superdelegates to delay their choice, but there's about 2,024 reasons to make it before the convention.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  399. Chris, Memphis,TN

    Yes, they should and the DNC should set a deadline. If not the party runs the risk continuing to be viewed as bickering and divided. The sooner they come out of the "dark back room" and into the light the sooner the "chosen one" or the dream ticket can take on the republican party and John McCain.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  400. Dee/Warwick NY

    If a superdelegate knows whom they are going to support, what's the problem in stating that fact and dispensing with these games. The sooner the Party can unify the sooner the Party can get on with the business of the dismantling and the disposing of John McCain.

    Fired Up and Ready To Go!

    OBAMA 08/12

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  401. carol

    Jack, With over 4,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq, 250,000 jobs lost since the beginning of year, not only should the super delegates make up their minds now, we should move this election up, perhaps Tuesday, this country can't afford to wait until next January to change its course. We'll be a sunken ship by then.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  402. Drew

    Yes they should. Instead of saying the Hillary and Obama going to the end is doing more harm than good, they should help and heal the process by voting now. It's the best thing they can do than waiting. One thing thats scary is that it's more of a friendship connection than who's better when it comes to the Superdelegates and the candidates but I hope they see the light.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  403. Jason Sakran

    Yes, I think they should make up their minds and no I don't think it is early. They have watched the same debates, listened to the same speechs and have seen many of the same commericials we all have. I beleive many of them are ready to commit. Instead of having these folks come out one at a time, we should urge them to behave like the party leaders they are suppose to be and lets get ready for the general election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  404. Jarah

    Superdelegates need to wait until they have all the information. Much emphasis is being placed on the popular vote... well, we need to see what the popular vote is going to be. Even though Florida and Michigan "wont count" their popular vote should (ok, give Barak most of Michigan's 40% 'undecided' vote, and figure it out from there). Clinton is pretty damn close if you figure those states into the equation.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  405. jefferson

    yes, the super delegates need to vote earlier than later or watch the Clintons destroy the democratic party , and it appears that the Clintons are prepared to do just that

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  406. Edie

    Super delegates should make a decision ASAP. McCain is comfortable as long as he has no real competition. Let's settle this now, we don't need to waste anymore time with this petty bickering, name calling and in-fighting. We need to bring this party together, so we can elect a real president, one the public wants, one named Obama.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  407. Pat in NC

    Dean's request for superdelegates to have their minds made up (early) in June, is pushy..yet make what it takes to re-unite the Democratic party. There is much to much discord among us!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  408. Shirley

    YES. I do not believe that it will matter whose side the superdelegates take. Obama is, by the math, the nominee and to take it away from him in any way would be a conspiracy and 100% wrong. I am an African-American and I will never vote again if the nomination is not given to him as he won it fair and square.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  409. Meryem/Orlando

    I don't think they should wait until the convention. Hillary is loosing ground and Obama is gaining it on a daily basis. The delay will just hurt the party, so why not end Hillary's exhausting search for money and lies to prove herself and give the next president time to prepare a long battle with McCain.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  410. mercedes burtle

    I do not know why the Media and everyone else is so anxious to end the primary. The DNC needs to solve the Michigan, Florida fiasco they created. I am one of the Floridians. I am surprised how well Clinton is doing considering all the negative bias media reporting. We need to see thid prrimary to the end as I am sure the election is going to be questionable on how fair it is. Mercedes Burtle, Tampa, Florida

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  411. Khaled

    Well I think they should not make their decisions early as it might take a different path as we all know. However, they should be doing that by May and not wait till June when things get really ugly between Obama and Hillary. If Obama wins PA then they should make up their minds, and get it over with. We don't want Bush 46 in the White house!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  412. Linda

    I think they should say who they are for asap.
    Hillary can't win, she needs to drop out now, she is going down and taking her supporters with her.
    We need to all support Obama now.
    Linda from Oceanside, California

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  413. Joe, Binghamton, NY

    No, Superdelegates must consider the whole picture and not simply the narrow-minded one painted by the media. If the citizens from Michigan and Florida were allowed to vote, then who would be ahead in the popular vote?

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  414. Phil, Georgia

    YES!!! Superdelegates should decide right after the last primaries.This will give the Democratic nominee a chance to rest , decrease negatives and prepare for the race in September. You can't go into a fight, beat up and not rested from the last fight. It will make it really hard to win.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  415. Patrick

    heres an idea for the DNC. Take the total number of superdelegates, and TELL them that this half votes for Clinton, and the other half votes for Obama. Then, have the regular delegates vote for who they have been pledged to. This will avoid having the superdelegates decide and have a true democratic process. what are the odds of this happening... i'd say slim to none but you can always hope!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  416. Whitney

    DEFINATELY! We all know Hilary is going to lose so let's get it over with!!

    April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  417. vivian

    What minds? If there are any left after this nomination, they should decide early.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  418. Tim from Toledo, Ohio

    At this point, we know the candidates position and voting record on every important policy. We are not going to learn anything new about either candidate – except maybe we'll find out who Hillary's pastor is so we can compare him to Reverend Wright, and we might learn if Barack Obama can make up a story as ridiculous as Hillary's sniper fire recollection.
    My guess is that most of the "undeclared" superdelegates will wait until it is blatantly obvious who will win the nomination before they declare support.
    Too many of our so called "leaders" will not declare an opinion until they know they are following the party line.
    Meanwhile, the Democratic boat will sink under the weight of the party's indecisiveness.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  419. jean lindboe-Blooming Prairie, MN

    There should not be any Super delegates. There should be no distiction between me and someone like Bill Richardson who is disgusting in his own right. The democratic party needs an overhaul. I am getting sick of all the so called big guys who think they can control this election.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  420. Dennis Ohio

    Yes, yes, yes! The Democrats need to clean up the mess they've created. Hillary is done and she needs to accept that. The superdels can get that to happen.

    April 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  421. Gnosticman

    total primary votes for McCain: 5,384,398
    total primary votes for Obama: 11,127,137

    total primary votes for Republicans: 12,658,384 about an average of 372,305 per state
    total primary votes for Democrats: 22,310,661 about an average of 656,195 per state

    total forecasted popular vote in general election for McCain: 37,975,152
    total forecasted popular vote in general election for Obama: 66,931,983

    I don't know how anyone can look at this data and still say Obama has no chance with a straight face!!

    April 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm |