February 13th, 2008
06:02 PM ET

In unresolved Dems race, what will superdelegates do?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama has won 23 of the 35 Democratic contests so far and is leading Hillary Clinton among "pledged" delegates. But, it's Clinton who leads the race when it comes to the ever-important superdelegates.

There are 796 of them in total – many are members of Congress or other party officials – and if the race remains as tight as it's been, they could be the deciding factor.

Right now, Clinton leads Obama in superdelegates 234-to-157. Part of the reason why is because of her husband, the former president, who's calling in all the favors he's done for the Democratic Party over the last 16 years. But consider this: Obama has won the last eight contests in a row. You can bet he'll use these victories to try to change the minds of the Clinton superdelegates. Some superdelegates are already saying that party insiders should be careful of overturning the collective decision of Democratic voters across the

The Obama camp insists that whichever candidate has the most pledged delegates will be the nominee, which suggests they're going to put a lot of pressure on the superdelegates to fall in line. Superdelegates already backing Obama say their peers should support whoever wins the most pledged delegates.

But, Clinton's advisers say the superdelegates should back whomever they think would make the best nominee and the best president. In other words, never mind what the voters say, we'll decide who the nominee is.

Here’s my question to you: If the Clinton-Obama race remains unresolved, what will the superdelegates do?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Alix writes:
The superdelegate system is undemocratic. Why should the votes of party elite count for more than ordinary Americans? If the superdelegates don't agree to back whomever the people have chosen, it will totally destroy the credibility of the Democratic Party (what's left of it anyway) and disenchant millions of voters.

Doug writes:
I'm a Hillary supporter, but if she doesn't win the popular delegate vote, she should back off and admit defeat. If she wins because of superdelegate shenanigans, I for one, will no longer be a fan of hers.

Gigi from Alabama writes:
Hopefully they will follow the voters in their respective states. Next go around, why not just abolish this stupid idea of "super" delegates? There is absolutely nothing super about them. They are just people that probably think they know more than the rest of us.

Zach writes:
Quite frankly, and unfortunately, the vast majority of the American public is not qualified to decide who should run the country. The delegates will choose the candidate that they feel will best run the country according to their educated, informed, and experienced opinions.

Greg writes:
The superdelegates may owe a lot of favors to former President Clinton, but I doubt they'd support someone who will not win in the general election. If the polls indicate Obama can win and Clinton cannot, I do not believe they'd commit political hari kiri.

Antonio writes:
Jack, The Democratic Party should simply divide the superdelegates in half: 398 to Obama and 398 to Clinton. As for the delegates in Florida and Michigan, divide them in half, too. This will remove any possibility of an unfair treatment. Keep the people empowered to continue to vote, and all this will get done without compromising the democratic process.

Candace writes:
If the superdelegates don't decide with the American people, I will vote for McCain.

Filed under: Super Delegates
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Enough of them will vote with the majority of votes cast by the public to insure sufficient delegates for Obama to be the nominee. Therefore all of the back-smoke-filled-room chicanery will be denied the deal-makers and power brokers. This is a good thing, Jack.

    February 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Bonita

    I think it is a real crime that our candidate could be selected by super delegates, but if this is going to be the case, then I would HOPE that they select the candidate who has shown to be the most popular according to the primaries and caucuses held this year. I hope in their selection, they show that they are speaking for US....the voters in the democratic primaries and caucuses.

    February 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  3. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    I think the superdelegates should find the nearest phone booth, put on their capes, and fly away. This should be settled by the popular vote. Why do we even need delegates? In the information age, we all have access to the internet, and most of us have our B.S. detectors working properly. Having a delegate vote for you is like hiring an M.C. to tell everyone that dinner is ready.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Ted

    I don't care. I will vote for who ever the party picks and if it is Clinton I will have to swallow hard because she has dirty laundry and if it is Obama I will have over come as a white woman the fear of having a black man in office.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  5. James

    Does it matter? There's not a dime worth of difference, between Clinton and Obama, both will support Israel and nothing will change. Ron Paul is the only chance the people have to break the grip of Rich on the Poor.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  6. Jeri

    You know, you keep asking this question and almost every one has said the people get what they want! Whoever the people vote for is who they will vote for. Dead issue, move on!

    February 13, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  7. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    First, I don't think that it will remain unresolved. If you do the mathematics, the probability of Hillary Clinton capturing 60% of the delegates in Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is impossible. Obama with win the nomination. If the superdelegates "ignore" the popular votes that gave Obama the victory, then the Democratic Party will fracture. The superdelegates are realizing that Obama is the best candidate to defeat McCain in November. Anything contrary to that, McCain will walk right into the WhiteHouse.

    PS...Someone needs to tell Huckabee that it is over. He is only delaying the invetiable and now is truly an embarrassment to himself and the Republican Party.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  8. Leonel Muralles

    The same. Look for themselves

    February 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  9. Prince Noel ,Houston TX

    its evident that the superdelegates should vote for obama because he won most states and likely gonna win more pledged delegates , if not they are stupid. take a look since after super tuesday clinton dont care not even to thank those who voted for her , even though she lost . thats not presidential. thats selfishness

    February 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Since our Constitution and all of our rights as citizens have been completely shredded, who cares. None of anything they do will matter now.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  11. Yvonne

    Collect bribe money.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  12. Raoul from Lake City, South Carolina

    It's not a matter of what they will do but what they should do. Whoever has the best chance of beating the Republican Presidential nominee in the November general election should get the full support of the superdelegates. Right now that person is Barack Obama. When the Republicans want Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nominee, the choice is obvious.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  13. NelsonR

    Not even a question to consider since the answer is obvious, super delegate votes go to the highest bidder. Also known as the Democrat's party process for conducting a Democratic process!!

    February 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  14. Jayne

    I don't know what they will do, but I know what they should do. If one candidate has more elected delegates than the other (excluding Michigan and Florida which weren't bona fide elections). they should vote for the candidate the people want. To do otherwise will damage the Democratic Party for decades to come. Right off the bat I know 2 Democrats who will turn in their cards and go Independent.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  15. Bob/Traverse city Mich

    The Clinton Obama race has the potntial of getting the citizenry of this country involved once again with their government and political process. The last debate between these two was enlightening,civil,and worthwhile. If the candidate is ultimately decided in a "smoke filled room" by the well heeled and well connected ,all the good thats been accomplished, all the inclusion thats been created and all the faith in the process thats been created to this point will be destroyed.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  16. Tom, Avon Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    It is human nature for them to do what is in their own best interests and justify it as best they can to their own conscience. The voters voted what was in their, the nation's, best interest.

    Some of our soldiers went to Iraq believing that they were dying for the inalienable right of self-governance. That makes this power of Super Delegates to over rule the popular vote particularly repugnant.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  17. Jim Galvin

    W was appointed president even though Al Gore received the most votes.

    The superdelegates should invite Al Gore to become the Democratic nominee.

    He deserves it. He has more experience than Hillary and if he chose Obama as his VP runnig mate, they would win.

    It would be a great Presidency and a unique opportunity for the U.S.A. to recover some of its standing on the world stage.

    February 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  18. kATHY

    Hopefully, the superdelagates are democrats who know what experience and political savy are required to be Commander in Chief of the free world. So, wouldn't you agree Jack, that they should vote for Senator Clinton? I think so.


    Dayton, Ohio

    February 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  19. Jed in Chico, California

    After the lessons learned in 2000 when Gore won the popular vote and lost the election and in 1984 when Gary Hart came in with slightly higher delegates and a higher popular vote and they gave the nomination to Walter Mondale (who promptly turned around and got proverbially spanked by Ronald Reagan in a 49-state landslide, not that Hart would have done much better) the Democrats will be honor bound to go with the person leading in delegates and votes at convention. Right now that seems likely to be Barack Obama, leading (at the time of this posting) by about 120 pledged delegates. Even if Clinton posts a weak win in Texas and Ohio (three weeks from now) I don't see how she can gain enough delegates to surpass Obama by August.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  20. Jerry Wilson

    Hopefully, super-delegates will vote for a candidate that has the best chance of winning the general election. It's impossible for Barack to win without super-delegates, and if Hillary's wins in Florida and Michigan or thrown out, she can't win without super-delegates. So Hillary, unlike Barack, can reach the magic number without super-delegates, but Barack could steal the election with super-delegates.

    Jerry Wilson

    February 13, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  21. mike studders

    remember the gut wrenching mess that florida created..go with the flow and the voters wishes..

    February 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  22. Greg from PA

    The superdelegates should carefully consider the ramifications of their decision. If they opt to support the candidate with the majority of pledged delegates, they will unite the party. If they decide to ignore the voters’ wishes, they will hand the election in November to the Republicans and extend President Bush's policies for at least another four years.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  23. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, if the super delegates vote for Clinton they will in effect elect John McCain for President! I have heard my conversations stating that if Clinton is the nominee they will vote for McCain.As a Obama Democrat who wants that to happen!

    February 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  24. Buzz Baier

    Jack, if you want to see a revolution, the likes of which hasn't happened since 1776, just let the superdelegates overturn the votes of millions of Americans. Stand back and watch the fireworks! Order your hard hat and flack jacket now!

    February 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  25. Bertha

    Central Square NY
    The Democratic party created a mess when they determined that exactly half of the entire delegate body would be required to cinch a nomination, then disenfranchised Michigan and Florida, so that 2049 is well more than half the legitimate delegates are required to nominate. Isn't there anyone in the Democratic party who is good at arithmetic?

    The superdelegates should vote as their state votes, in other words, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry should support Hillary as their state did.

    Someone needs to make Obama commit himself to what he stands for, instead of being hypnotised by his rhetoric.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  26. Bev H.

    As an independent, I hope the superdelegates of the Democratic party will not forget us. If they choose Hillary, they have jeopardized their chance at the White House – because most of us independents are likely to vote McCain. A vote for Obama would unite many independents and disgruntled republicans, but a vote for Clinton is a moral and diplomatic gamble.

    Bev H.
    Ft. Worth, TX

    February 13, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  27. W B in Las Vegas, Nevada

    like all politicans they will support who ever promises them the most personally. you don't actually think these people spend millions to get elected just to "serve the public" do you? they do it for wealth and fame.

    just look at the Clintons. they went to Washington broke and came out rich.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  28. Scott

    they force the only solution, Clinton /obama, experience over youth.
    obama has 16 years ahead of him if he plays his cards right.
    a country at war will go with the veteran at the last minute over obama's youth.

    bowling green, mo.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  29. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack it is my sincere hope that the super delegates will fall in line with whom ever wins the most voter delegates. Other wise they will drive a rift into the Democratic party that will be extreemly hard to repair. Furthermore they will only prove to the Voting Americans that they are not important which will put them into the same category of President Bush and his lackies/cronies. By the way I have been a die hard republican for 35 years, and will for the first time in my life vote for a democrate; namely OBAMA. That should tell you what I think of the Republicans. Clinton falls into the same category of Bush in my book, old die hard politicians that need to be put out to pasture.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  30. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    There is no way we can answer this question with out first knowing how many super-delegates are elected officials who have to get re-elected in the next two years. Those super-delegates will have a high price to pay if they go against their popular vote. Have one of your minnions dig up those stats and then ask us again tomorrow.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  31. George Wilson

    They will do what superdelegates do, and that is to vote their choice just as any other voter, and let the chips fall where they may. No matter how they vote the media will make a big fuss about it, but I have learned to take what the media says, add a little salt, and put it in water. What you end up with is salty water, but the taste of the media is not in it.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  32. Tammie

    Super delegates will remind us that they don't think our votes really mean anything. Might as well stay home in Nov. if that is how they end up deciding.
    Of course, if the Clintons win, I won't be going to the polls anyway because of the way they have been tearing the democratic party apart. They clearly can't pull this country together if they can't keep the party together.

    Midland, MI

    February 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  33. chama

    Jack, I thought super delegates were party elders. They had a 21 year old super delegate on 360 last night – this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I have ever seen!
    If they want to listen to the party elder and believe in fairy tale they should vote for Hillary.
    Or, if the delegates are as young as 21 they should believe in hope and vote for Obama.
    When it comes to super delegates this is what they should consider, it is not past vs the future, it is fairy tale vs hope.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  34. Linda in Florida

    Jack, I think our entire elections process needs to be revamped. Do away with the electoral college, the delegates, the super delegates, and all the rest. Give the vote back to the people of this great country. With the way the system is now, why should people bother to vote, when it apparently doesn't count. That is exactly why so many people in this country don't vote (I am glad to see people coming out in droves this year). In 2000, we all saw what happens when the vote of the people is ignored!

    February 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  35. Bill from Wake Forest University

    The superdelegate tide will turn towards Obama. As long as he keeps building a lead in the pledged delegates column, he'll get enough superdelegates to win even if she gets most of them. Chances are, however, that many of them will switch to his side if keeps winning the majority of the states, and keeps a lead. I'd be surprised if the superdelegates would actually buy into her "the states I won are more important, and the states he won the republicans will win anyways" rhetoric. Not only is it illogical, it's divisive not unifying.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  36. marcus

    whatever they feel will profit them the most

    February 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  37. earl illingsworth

    They will choose the best candidate to win. It's that simple, let's not read any more into it. Hillary or Obama should put aside their pride and leave their ego's at home for this one. These superdelegates are not the boggyman portraid by the press, or political pundits, they're you, and me, that devote their time to getting it right. My hope is that Hillary and Obama become the Ticket, in any order. But please folks, let's not get the "Race Card", or" Washington Insiders",mixed in?This feeds right into the Republican hands as a wedge, now we certainly don't want that,do we???

    February 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  38. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Bill has a lot of people owing him and I think this will be his time to collect, even if the American people do not want Hillary. Do away with all this nonsense and let the people vote, as it should be.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  39. Keith from Irving, Texas

    The smart and ethical ones will do what their constituents' actions tell them to do:

    Unify behind a motivated America that believes again and wants REAL CHANGE.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  40. J.R.

    why shouldn't the super delegates decided it? after all, the people of mi did nothing wrong. our leaders did. and the dnc stripped us of our votes. so if the dnc can say our votes don't count, then i guess they have the power tell us who we are voting for.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  41. Ken KS

    The super delegates are today's answer for the cigar lit, back room selection process for picking the president and vice president. If Harry Truman were running for vice president under FDR and had to face todays way of doing things, we might have had Wallace as the number 2 man again in 1944. What a mess that would have been in April 1945.

    Jump to the future, 2008. Hillary probably has it and maybe it's just as well, as Obama will be another OJT (On The Job Training) president just like we've been stuck with for the past seven years.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  42. James from Cape Coral, FL

    Let's do the math. Clinton is part of the establishment in Washington. The super delegates are part of the establishment in Washington. Obama is pushing against that very establishment that has sunk this country. I'm pretty sure that equals a vote for Clinton. Now if they count Florida or Michigan, where Hillary only won because the DNC told voters their vote wouldn't count so most voters stayed home, then they better run a re-vote. We're just as American in Florida and Michigan as the rest of the country and our votes should count.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  43. Bert D

    In 2000, The Supreme Court stole our election. In 2004 it was the touch screen voting machines in Ohio. In 2008 it will be the superdelegates that steal it right out from under our noses. Isn't this a great system?

    February 13, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  44. Annie, Atlanta GA

    We can only hope that they do the right thing, and vote for the person the rest of us chose. However, counting on a politician to do the right thing is a joke.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  45. Matthew

    The delegates will pick who they feel is best to win the nomination, even if that person isn't in the lead.

    I mean really, when have the democrats ever messed up their chancing at winning an election?

    February 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  46. James from Cape Coral, FL

    yes lets remember the gut wrenching mess Florida created 8yrs ago when they forced the country to actually count the popular vote. Oh what a mess that was when individuals counted.

    February 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  47. Allen P Holyoke, MA

    Talk about a snafu. I think the supers should vote as their home district voted but I don't believe they will. Hillary won most of Massachusetts but Kennedy and Kerry came out supporting Obama. Neither of them listened to the people of this state when we opposed the Kennedy/McCain Immigration bill in support of border security first so what makes me think they'll listen to the Super Tuesday election results. Well, nothing Jack. Sorry I wasted your time with this. It's politics as usual.....

    February 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  48. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    What those in their situation always do; ignore the voters and decide according to whatever political favors they owe. What difference does it make anyway? The president is appointed by the electoral college and the voters have no say in the matter. Gore won the popular vote in 2000 and there have been other instances of the electoral college selecting someone who didn't win the popular vote. It is long past time for that to change.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  49. Aisha (I-Sha),KY

    The vote should go towards the candidate who has won the most states. It would be a shame if Senator Clinton received the nomination, since she over looked Obama's recent sweep as non-essential. I think there is a problem if a Presidential hopeful is already snubbing her nose, so to speak, to certain states. I want a President that cares about all votes.


    February 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  50. Matt A.

    The Super Delegates should do what they were intended to do when they were created.

    Why change the rules after the contest have begun?

    Matt A., Miami, Florida

    February 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Jason Choppa

    What happened to the policy of majority takes all? If neither Obama or Clinton have enough delegates to secure the nomination, then whoever has the most should be the Democratic Nomination for the general election. If Obama is leading in the delegate count and then he loses the Super Delegate scenario, then not only will Hillary have stolen the nomination; but a huge number of American voters will begin to think again that their vote doesn't count. Basically if the Super Delegates have to decide who gets the nomination and Hillary wins, it will show the American voters that the the person who can cash in the most favors owed to them in the last ten to twenty years will win.

    Remember the last time a president lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote? It was only four years ago and look what has happened to America since then. It's time America elected a President that hasn't been in Washington for a "lifetime" that can make things happen and not worry about how many favors he owes to other people and begin to restore the middle class. As the middle class goes, so does this country........

    February 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  52. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    Either one of them is going to have to join forces with the other. If they do not, the Dem's can't win in November. It does not matter to me. I would be happy with either on of them as president.

    Ron K. San Diego

    February 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  53. Kevin- Webster, MA

    With the majority of the super delegates being politiotions the only thing we can be sure of is that they will screw it up!!!

    February 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  54. California Independent

    Who cares? The dislike of the candidates can't get much worse. Let's get someone with some real SOLUTIONS in office.

    I hope Bloomberg is aware of how much the McCain supporters and the Huckabee supporters dislike each other. I hope Bloomberg is aware of how much the Clinton supporters and the Obama supporters dislike each other.

    NOW is the time for an independent.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    What can Hillary do stop Obama? Nothing really, other than pray.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  56. Karen

    I hope they stay home. The voter's whining and sniping has gotten so loud, no one is going to be happy. I wouldn't want to be at the convention this time around. It's going to be depressing.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  57. Sky Ipsen - Idaho Falls, ID

    The superdelegates will cast their votes for the candidate who wins the most pledged delegate votes, not because this is the right thing to do but because it is in thier best interest to do so. And if I know anything about politicians it is that they always do what's best for themselves.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  58. Jeremy

    Hey there,
    I would hope that those tie breaker votes will go to the majority which is the people so, those who have the most votes of the people on there side should get those important votes no matter who it may be but, Barack Obama is the next great leader if we allow him to be.

    Thanks, Jeremy in Park Hills,Missouri

    February 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  59. Scott

    in case you haven't realized, after having overwhelmingly won 8 states in a row,
    he still only 40 or 50 delegates ahead. she stops him in the debates.
    CNN should press obama at the debates as hard as they do the woman.
    see if there is any meat on the young lions soulutions.
    give me details that i can understand.
    mccain says as a veteren, i'll get a card and go anywhere for health care.
    thats a soulution. what dose obama have that compares? give me a simple answer.

    bowling green,mp.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Carol

    I hope they nominate a Republican. The Clinton and Obama supporters are just annoying.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  61. Jan

    You say follow the rules as in Florida and Michigan. But when it comes to superdelegates, you want to change the rules because there is a chance your favorite candidate, Obama, will not prevail.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  62. Ralph

    Jack, ideally the superdelegate should vote for that candidate that most represents the will of the people and has received the most popular votes. However, I am afraid they will prefer to support that candidate they believe will have the best chance of being elected in November, regardless of the people's choice.. Once again how we see that democracy can play second fiddle to know-it-alls.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  63. Martin, Michigan

    The delegates will need to analyse why and where the candidates have won, and who has higher chances at winning those states in November.

    Obama is riskey because he won mostly in red states, and those wins were either in activist filled caucases or in states with large African-American communities.

    Clinton is the obvious choice because she does especially well in big purple states like Florida, giving her higher chances to win the presidency.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  64. mel, Deerfield, IL


    Many will probably fold to the Clinton political arm twisting you mentioned so they can stay insiders. What's more disappointing is your reported comment by the Clinton advisors suggesting that the super delegates should ignore the voter’s choice. We already have this Rule by Aristocracy attitude in Congress and the White House. Isn't this what Hillary wants to change? If the super delegates are coerced to make a political choice, it will result in the typical Democratic circular firing squad and their usual penchant for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Namely the White House again. Clinton can't beat McCain.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  65. Art Callesoe

    They better stay out of it unless they want to destroy the Democratic party and give the election to McCain.
    IF they give it to Hillary, all those excited kids you see at his rallies and the Independents and even some Republicans will stay home on election day.
    They'll never trust the Democratic Party again.
    Jack, this is from a 71 year old white guy.

    Art Callesoe – Cartersville GA

    February 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  66. Jeff in Connecticut

    C'mon Jack, you know the answer to this as well as anybody. They will do whatever profits them and their largest contributors the most. Business as usual.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  67. joe m

    simple... get the best deal they can from the candidate they will choose to support. these people will have an agenda, and it will most likely have little to do with what the people care about... this is why a coin toss is the only way to break a tie, or give the nomination to the person with the most actual won delegates... who gives a crap about this 2025 number! super delegates, no matter what one chooses to call them, are nothing more than the remnants of party bosses.. and we all know how those people ran things, don't we?

    February 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  68. Taliq Adams

    Neither the super delegates nor the Electoral College are required by law to vote according to the popular vote. The super delegates will do precisely what the party power brokers want them to do. I think they will vote for Hillary and deny Obama the nomination. Additionally, the continued use of electronic voting, with it's known pitfalls, guarantees that no matter who wins the Democratic nomination, another Republican will be given the Presidency in 2008. Americans have already demonstrated they will tolerate fraudulent national elections.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  69. Daniel

    If the Super Delegates don't decide based on what we the people decide, you might see some of the same things that are going on in Kenya here in the United States.

    Me and the millions between 18-29 that have come out to vote will be outraged to let super delegates over turn what the majority have decided.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  70. Bill, VIrginia Beach, VA

    Jack, First of all, if the Democratic Party does not include the delegates from Florida and Michigan, every Democrat in both states should vote for the Republican candidate in protest. As far as the so-called super delegates, it is a question of whether they have wisdom to look forward or jump on whatever band wagon that seems to be rolling by at the time.

    The Democratic Party's method still has problems and needs to be improved, but it is better than the Republican winner-take-all tactic, which rewards the richest, most powerful, and most favored candidates. The Republicans would have better options to choose from if the top 3 or 5 were in the race to the end. What is Ron Paul going to do with his handful of delegates?

    February 13, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  71. Allen

    I think the superdelegates will support the will of the people. If these were Supreme Court justices or Karl Rove types I wouldn't make any bets.
    Hartwell, Georgia, USA

    February 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  72. Stephanie - Canada

    Your comment suggesting that some superdelegates are voting out of favours to Bill Clinton is insulting to everyone concerned.

    The superdelegates should definitely do their job and vote – and they should vote for the person they think will make the best president. They bring a necessary perspective independent of the votes of others. Did you ever consider they know these candidates better than the average 18 – 24 year olds?

    February 13, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  73. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    The Super Delegates "should" follow the will expressed through the popular vote. However, I fear that Hillary Clinton will push them to nominate her, even if Obama is the clear winner of the popular vote. I have no such fear in the case of Obama. He doesn't have her connections. How sad, that after having the 2000 Election stolen by the Supreme Court, that it should be the Democrats using such an undemocratic process to choose their candidate. Why should Americans donate money to a political party which can then disreguard our votes?

    February 13, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  74. Josh, Shorewood, IL

    If by saying unresolved Jack you mean that neither nominee will have met the minimum delegate threshold for winning the nomination, I believe that the remaining uncommited superdelegates should back whichever candidate has the most delegates from the American voters/caucus goers. If that is not the case and the superdelegates nominate the other candidate I will call into question everything that I know to be fair and just.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  75. arthur

    Big up to you Jack.. the change is coming they should just listen to the people.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  76. Steve from Maryland

    I would hope the Super Delegates hear the will of the people as displayed in the primaries and caucuses. I beleive the media including CNN is to quick to count them as committed, they are not.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  77. PAUL, VA

    – – what will the superdelegates do?
    Jack, you won't have to worry about that; the Obama tidal wave will soon sweep over the entire country and 'wash away' Billary and their super-delegates.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  78. Katy

    The DNC super delegate thing reminds me the Communist Party voting system. Regardless who people voted for, the party members have the power to overturn the pledged votes if they don’t like the particular candidates (or been bought by the candidates). So what is the democratic with super delegate process? Go figure!

    February 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  79. Jorge from Monterey California

    They will HAVE to vote for the candidate that has the bigger number of pledge delegates!!!

    February 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  80. Bruce St Paul MN

    The superdelegates are not suicidal. They are part of the group that wants to be in power. The last thing they want is a close election. The haunting memory of James Baker III, the hanging chads, the Supremes choosing their boy, the Ohio fiasco in 2004, the unresolved problem of electronic voting machines, should be enough to convince them to choose the most viable, electable candidate. Right now, polls show Obama running well against McCain. Clinton not so much. If the same thing is trueat convention time, they will choose Obama.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  81. robin

    WE VOTED !!!!!!!!!!!! WE DID .. super delegates I hope they stay out of it . But saying that I'm not sure if one the will reach that magic numb 2025 . So how do we go about it , ?
    that a question yet have to answered .

    February 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  82. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Superdelegates must first recognize Bill Clinton and Hillary both benefited from any favors done for the party over the past 16 years. It is their duty to protect the Democratic Party by supporting the delegate count which represents millions of voters and not one person. It would be risky business to do less.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  83. john Marlton NJ

    Jack, the background to your question claims Bill Clinton is calling in favors to get Hillary the super delegates. Can you prove that Bill Clinton is calling in favors or is the calling in favor statement not true.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  84. Rosalynd

    This superdelegate approach is what is wrong with politics. The people are encouraged to vote and then some strange built in process takes away the peoples voice.

    The Democratic Party need to hope the people decide this one because a move by SuperDelegates to resolve this race is going to alienate some Democrats and Independents like myself. I will not vote for a Democrat if the nominee is not chosen by the voting public. End of Story!


    February 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  85. Scott B

    I want to start by saying I'm still undecided about who my selection will be as of yet. That said I have watched this Super Delegate whinning going on. Should it or should it not be this way. WRONG TIME TO ASK THIS – BOYS AND GIRLS. The system was in place when all this picking of candidates started. Everyone new the rules. If it is not a great system change it before the game starts – not after it. The reporting has been so unfair for Senator Clinton. It never says she is head it says She would be losing if not for the super delegates – Their is just something not right about that. where were all you reporters so concerned about this as being terrible thing before the game began. Just shut up and play by the rules – When the season is over if something needs to be fixed – than fix it.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  86. Karl in CA

    An old adage comes to mind: An election isn't decided by the people that vote, it's decided by the people that count the votes. Amen!

    February 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  87. Stephanie

    SOLD to the highest bidder !!

    February 13, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  88. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    That's an easy one Jack. They'll change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with their bare hands, and fight a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  89. Brent J. Cohen, NY

    The Superdelegates find themselves in an incredibly unique position. However, their role is to ensure that nobody runs the party into the ground, and to do what is in the best interest of the Democratic party - that is precisely what they should and will do. The Democratic party finds itself with two incredibly talented and capable candidates for the Office of President. Neither Clinton nor Obama will run the party into the ground, and both have the potential to beat the Republican nominee. Thus, the Superdelegates do not need to save the party from any incompetent candidate, but rather follow the will of the people. Whichever candidate is leading in terms of pledged delegates, states won, and overall popular vote (hopefully one candidate will lead in all three categories), will get the nod of the Superdelegates.

    If the Superdelegates fail to listen to their own voters, it will be reminiscent of the 2000 Presidential General Election, and the Democratic Party will lose considerable respect and validity. In such a case, the Superdelegates will be running the party into the ground, rather than saving it.

    February 13, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  90. Doug Pierson

    This reminds me of the 2000 presidential election and here we are coming up on the "Florida Election". What ever happened to democracy? I think I will write in Jack Caffery.

    February 13, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  91. Kris Koliwad


    You have not forgotten Tammany Hall, right? "No smoking" rule will be suspended at the convention. Invest in cigars!

    La Canada, CA

    February 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm |

    It's like Isaid before, the whole reason for having an elections is to see who the people like or want to run that particular seat. If Obama wins the people's vote and have the most delegates, not to metion the most state's. He should win the democratic nomination hands down, and if the so called superdelecates take that away from him I once again have said that I will not sit on my vote as I feel alot of democratic voter's will. 'NO' I will vote republican for the first time in my lfie! You democratic politicians had better listen to the people, and if not it will be your political seat that you will have to worry about!

    February 13, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  93. Dennis G form FL

    If the super delegates do not support the canidate who wins the most pledged delegates it will throw this country into great turmoil. Clinton does not seem to care about this. I believe the Democrats and Clinton still want to see their super ticket in order to secure a victory in Novemeber. This election is out of control and everybody better be ready for the out come. Who ever wins the election will start out with great resisitance against them be it Clinton, Obama or, McCain. We're calling out unity while walking away from each other. Our government has certainlly trained us all to be a bunch of weenies.

    February 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  94. Jan from Bend Oregon

    I think Barbara Boxer has the right idea. Each Superdelegate should abid by the decision of the voters in the State where they live. Also, we need to have a new primary in Michigan and Florida paid for by the DNC.

    February 13, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  95. Joe

    If I were Howard Dean, I would be fair and divide the delegates and super delegates from Florida and Michigan evenly between both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Of course, Howard Dean is Howard Dean and he will not have a clue.

    February 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  96. Dolly W

    Like you guys said yesterday, it depends on the big mo(mentum). NYC

    February 13, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  97. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Follow the Bush/Cheney model. Sell your soul to the highest bidder!

    February 13, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  98. Bree Abernathy

    What you should be asking, Jack, is what will the Democratic party do if the race goes unresolved because if indeed we trudge on all the way to the convention without a nominee, you can bet the Republican attack dog will have rallied around McCain, built some sort of a coalition, and be abundantly prepared to crush the ambiguous and divided Democrats in the general election.

    Bree Abernathy
    Indianapolis, IN

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  99. Calev Rhyason

    In the end is comes down to whether they want to choose the candidate chosen by the people of the Democratic party or if they would like to hand the White House to McCain.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  100. Casey

    Are we to believe that the people to cried foul against the electoral college in 2000 are now going to support a disregard of the electorate by asking the supers to "select" the unelected?

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  101. Todd West

    If this race is unresolved after all the voting is completed the superdelegates need to cast their vote for whoever has won the most pledged delegates. I am 34 years old and have voted Democrat in every election since 1992. If the Democratic Party insiders ignore the will of the voters in their party by casting their superdelegate votes for the person trailing in pledge delegates- thereby reversing the decision of the voters- I will do one of two things: stay at home or vote for John McCain.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  102. Kely

    Superdelegates should be done away with. The democratic and republican presidential nominees should be decided by popular votes and delegates won. I personally am in favor of completely doing away with the delegates and letting both nominees and the president being selected by popular vote of the people of the United States. Political insiders and hacks do not have a place in selecting the next president of the united states. It's a Government of the People, By the People and For the People. Also, winner take all primaries should be done away with. That is like saying the vote of 47% of the people (or whatever percentage) doesn't matter.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  103. Pauline

    If the Obama campaign means what it says then Ted Kennedy and John Kerry should back Hillary Clinton since she won MA.

    The media is salivating over a non-issue. one candidate will emerge as the nominee in the eyes of the voters by April. Please don't short circuit the process. Give us a chance to decide.

    The super delegates will do the right thing.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  104. Alex Smith, N.C.

    They should vote for whoever they like and think would be a great president. They are people just like us and vote just as we do. Why should we have a say into who they vote for, they don't sway my vote, so why shouyld I expect them to follow me. We elected them as leaders, that means LEAD, they can do whatever they want. When you say that they should vote only the way people are voting thats taking away there free-will.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  105. Mike S from NC

    They should vote for whom ever has the most total votes. 600 people that decided to vote in Alaska should not have an important part in the decision like the deligates that were given out. It would be fair to go by total vote count.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  106. Janet

    The reason so many Americans are supporting Obama is due to the disgust for the DC powerbrokers. It is the "status quo", top 1 percentile, corporate-style politicians that have placed America in the mess in which we currently find ourselves. We need a fresh perspective. I can only pray, Jack, that the super-delegates realize it would only further hurt our country if the choose to ignore the popular vote–ala Bush-Cheney 2000.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  107. Joyce

    The Clintons are notorious for under-handed dealings. They will, no doubt, continue those dealings by making grand promises in return for those votes. I hope they aren't dumb enough to allow the Clintons to do this yet again! I say, stay the course and give their support to the candidate that is America's favorite!!!

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  108. pat jones

    jack, as u are one of the white males that hate hillary, i am sure that u will disagree with me that she is the only one with substance and obama is just an empty suit. you have put bush in twice and carried rummy around on a chip for years, so naturally u will bomb out again pat jones, rogers, ar

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Brynda from Arkansas

    Any astute voter would think the superdelegates would follow the people , if not why do we even vote?

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Shawn Davis from Bloomington,IL

    They will back whoever has the most pledged delgates even if that lead is by only one delegate. These are the hardcore democrats who cried foul in 2000 when Gore had the election taken away from him.

    – Shawn
    Bloomington, IL

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  111. Dalton

    Jack, I must say that I am outraged at how you constantly attack hillary clinton, the superdelegates do not, nor should not have to vote for a candidate just because the american public says so. They obviously have a higher role in society, therefore they MUST know what they're doing, so I say, let them vote how they feel necessary. GO HILLARY!

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  112. Jenni

    I agree with the Obama camp on this one. There would be a huge revolt among democratic voters if, especially after what happened in the last election, the party insiders were to choose a candidate who did not win the majority of the electorate.
    The Clinton camp would change their tune if the situations were reversed. She's already gone negative in campaign ads and if she ignores the majority of voters, she wouldn't exactly be getting her campaign for the presidency off to a positive start.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  113. jan

    I think the supper delage should listen to the voice of amerian people , if not that will cost the democraty party damage and Jack listen your heart and you will know that the supperdelage will say .

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  114. Clive

    The choice of the Democratic candidate for the Presidential elections "Must" be decided by the voters and not super delegates. Why do we have them anyway?

    If Hilliary Clinton and the big "wigs" around her think they can steal the election, they better prepare themselves for a big fight!

    After Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, the American people are speaking out loudly......"No Family Dynasty!

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  115. Janie

    Thank you for finally say it out loud....

    Senator Clinton is basically saying, just as you said, "heck with what the voters say vote for me" to these superdelegates.

    How dare they...honestly do they really think it would be the "right" thing to do, to vote against what the people say. What is the point of voting in this election at all if the superdelegates can decide against the people.


    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  116. James Raines

    I have to tell you if there is funny business with Super-delegates giving their pledge to a candidate who was not mandated fby the people, my family and I will join the REPUBLICAN PARTY AND CAMPAIGN FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO WIN IN NOVEMBER.Additionally, if that happens a lot of voters will stay home come November and the Republicans will win again. The Democratic Party, if smart will let their constituents know that THEIR vote counts and not just back-room dealing that ignores what the people of the United States of America want!

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  117. Mary

    Jack, If they listen to you, the media, and all the press; they will vote for Obama even though we know very little about him etc. You people in the press and media have completely ruined our Nation with your bias in the past and you are doing the same for our future. What a travesty!.

    February 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm |