March 14th, 2008
02:35 PM ET

Superdelegates breaking for Obama?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The superdelegates are starting to break for Barack Obama.

Bloomberg news reports that Obama has almost pulled even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top election officials, and has cut into her lead among other superdelegates as well.

Since it's unlikely Clinton can catch Obama when it comes to the pledged delegates, the superdelegates will ultimately be called upon to decide the race.

Bloomberg says according to the two campaigns, of the 313 superdelegates who are members of Congress or governors... Clinton has the backing of 103 compared to 96 for Obama. Since Obama won the Iowa caucuses in early January, he's gotten 53 superdelegate endorsements - compared to only 12 for Clinton. And since the Texas and Ohio primaries, Obama has picked up 9 more superdelegates, compared to one for Clinton. Sounds like a trend.

One Obama supporter and superdelegate, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says, "That's not glacial, that is a remarkable momentum. I don't think there is anything that will slow that down."

The Clinton campaign doesn't think most of the uncommitted superdelegates will take sides until the rest of the primaries and caucuses are over. Adviser Harold Ickes says, "We think the momentum has been stopped, not cold, but very much stopped."

The Washington Post reports that Hillary Clinton has been opening up her Washington home to woo uncommitted lawmakers. It's not exactly like renting out the Lincoln bedroom… but, hey, whatever works.

Here’s my question to you: How significant is it if superdelegates are moving toward Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Michael from Notre Dame, Indiana writes:
If Hillary had the pledged delegate lead, the popular vote, and had just about broken even with the superdelegate count, do you think Obama would still be in this race? I don't think so. She needs to bow out now before she damages the party any further. She is staying in this race in hopes of someone convincing the superdelegates to go against the will of the people. This is suicide for the Democrats.

Ann from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Maybe they are finally realizing, by the record turnout in every election, that people are not happy with the status quo. Maybe they realize their own positions are on the line if they go against what the people want. Maybe they see that people are very uncomfortable that this has turned mean and nasty. The longer this goes on the greater chances are that the Democrats will be responsible for their own defeat.

Jerry writes:
Superdelagates supporting Hillary and Barack in equal numbers isn't significant. If Hillary wins Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan by double digits, which she should, she will be the Democratic nominee. How significant is it that Barack only receives thirty percent of the white vote in blue states would be a better hypothetical.

Nora from Texas writes:
Keep an eye on Hillary. This thing is not over till she says it is and that is not happening. I am sure there are lots of back room deals falling into place right now and lots of favors being called in. I think Obama is a great man; I am just afraid he is not going to survive the Clinton machine.

Al from Lawrence, Kansas writes:
It is very significant. A blind man can see the Obama has the nomination sewn up. If they had the guts, they could end this thing in a heartbeat. But, these superdelegates are the same folks who can't pass anything in Congress, and can't hold a proper election… see Florida and Michigan.

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, more superdelegates moving towards Obama means it's curtains, for Hillery. Her only hope was, to pull a fast one, with superdelegates, at the convention. Bu the way, why do the Dems need superdelegates? Republicans do fine without them and voters don't feel like their vote will be rendered useless, by back room politics.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  2. James in Cape Coral, FL

    It's very significant if you believe in a democracy where the will of the majority should count for something. Why do we need delegates, superdelegates and the electoral college. What ever happened to the popular vote. If it still gets counted then why not use it.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    It is important because it means that the so called superdelegates, who are all polititcians, are listening to the people for the first time since I can remember. This frightens me because I don’t know what they are up to.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  4. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    The best thing to happen is for the superdelegates to follow the voters. The only way the superdelegates can go the other direction is to convince themselves and the American people that we voters don't know what we're doing, and that we're too stupid to know what's best for the country.

    But isn't that the way democracies were supposed to work? Isn't the government supposed to trust the citizens to know what they want and need?

    My prediction is that, even if Hillary wins Pennsylvania, a handful of uncommitted superdelegates will support Barack Obama because he will still be ahead by a significant margin.

    Once that happens, we should start to see a snowball effect, and then Michigan and Florida will no longer matter, even if they have a re-vote.

    Keep in mind, if Michigan and Florida have a re-vote, that only increases the required number of delegates to win the nomination, which means that it gets neither candidate closer to the finish line.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  5. Richard, Washington State

    How significant is it if superdelegates are moving toward Barack Obama?

    As a citizen it would mean a great deal to end the Democratic frustrations and get a nominee working on McCain and the issues.

    Yes many more states are still in the queue to vote. But the republicans are walking away with the general election right now.

    Let's get on the ball here Dems!

    March 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Bruce St Paul MN

    Team Clinton has their slim hopes pinned to the superdelegates and a favorable outcome in Florida and Michigan. Since those states are going to split their delgates, they won't get much traction from that angle. So I guess the superdelegates are supposed to be their ace in the hole. If they slip away from the Clintons, so will any chance for the nomination.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  7. dre dog

    it will allow others on the fence to feel more comfortable
    jumping on obamas side. They know if this goes on much longer
    their own election prospects start to go down. We all know there are
    no I's in team, but there are 2 in politics.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  8. Richard Hill

    Jack , maybe the superdelegates realize that Obama offers them the best chance to capture the Whitehouse. Obama has abroad base, has shown a willingness to reach out to all americans and most of all, has basically taken the high road thourgh out the campaign unlike Hillary with her SCORCHED EARTH and WIN AT ALL COSTS, tactics. Maybe these superdelegates are trully looking toward the future and would rather support Obama, with his broad base and lose rather then support Hillary and turn off a whole generation of voters.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  9. Adam, LV, NV

    Jack, the bigger question is... Just how many more times will the politicians flip flop before they actually make up their minds?

    March 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  10. Sharon from Michigan

    Maybe the Super Delegates are starting to get sick of Hillary's campaign tactics. (I know I am.) She's a sinking ship. Even if she gets the nomination, she won't win. This is probably the closest I've ever watched a campaign. I figured the Super Delegates would screw it up somehow. But if they are leaning toward Obama, they're smarter than I thought. He is the first candidate that I ever donated money to in my 60 years. This older white woman is for Obama all the way.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  11. Tara McKinney, Texas

    It says a lot for Obama. Imagine the political process as a static object that just sits. At that point it is called Static as it does nothing. Then the object is put into motion and as it rolls down the hill it picks up speed. Every once in a while there is a bump but yet the momentum that the object has increases until it becomes unstoppable and squashes anything in it's path. That is Hillary's destiny at this point. She can throw out all the bumps she wants in Obama's path but he just rolls on. Obama has become Dynamic not just a static display like Hillary though he was. There in lies the difference. Obama is Dynamic and Hillary is all Static. Looks nice but has no real substance at all.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  12. Ralph from NY

    Jack, it means the superdelegates are beginning to follow the will of the voters and believe Obama will be our future President despite any doubts they may have regarding his lack of experience. Most of all,m they will believe that he will be able to defeat McCain in the general election.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  13. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    I think it is very significant. I think it shows that the superdelegates have decided that they are not going to let Hillary Clinton destroy the democratic party from within.

    It will show that the superdelegates have seen through the ugly divisive "kitchen sink" gutter politics of the past few days. And they see we have a choice for a stronger nation with Obama.

    What Hillary did in endorsing John McCain over Barack Obama, a fellow democrat, was inexcusable. She is in a quest to destroy him as a nominee. That hurts the democratic party. And it is can cause a major divide that we will need to heal. I hope a majority of the superdelegates support Obama so that we can strongly unite against the GOP for a brighter tomorrow.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  14. L.M.,Arizona

    I think it is very significant because this could be the most important election of this century if Obama wins the nomination and we are counting on the judgment of the Kennedys,Kerreys,the liberal establishment and blacks who feel obligated to vote for a black man. Now if he loses the general election we risk alienating a generation of young voters plus with a few votes here or there you can lose the congress, which would surely doom america for the next 15 years or so.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  15. Queenl,GA

    I am glad now Hillary can see the light, she will finally comes to term with , that the country is tired of the Bushes and the Clintons. It is indeed time for change. I am happy so far that Obama does not stoop to her level. Bon voyage Billary......

    March 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  16. robert from nc

    Any kind of movement to Obama is significant at this point in the time. The Clintons are at battle stations and taking no prisoners. If I were on the Obama team it would be full speed ahead to capture as many Super"D"s as possible, to end the Clinton machine from any further advances...

    March 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  17. Craig

    They don't need a Weatherman to see which way the wind blows.
    Hiram Rapids, Oh.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Elizabeth (Betty)

    It could be VERY significant. The whole idea of a different type of politics is a great idea! Maybe someone has listened? The items reported in the last few days have baffled me to say the least. We have had Presidents with family members they tried to hide from the public eye. This back and forth has become childish, you seem to be the ONLY reporter that believes in TRUTH in REPORTING. Some tabloid items are being beaten into the ground. Please you are the only adult left talk to your fellow workers it is time to get on track and back to the ISSUES at hand! The USA is in dire need of a level head and no matter what has been thrown at Mr. Obama he tries to stay on point. The others are doing politics as USUAL.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  19. Jed from Chico, CA

    It tells me that the Clinton machine will start to downplay the importantance of super delegates. When Obama won more states, that didn't count – the only ones that matter are the ones that Clinton says are important (which -big surprise- she won, except Texas. 99-95 tells me Obama won, but I digress, let's call it a draw). When Obama increased the gap in the popular vote that didn't count and that it's about the delegate count. Now that Obama has a 150-plus pledged delegate lead that doesn't count because it's about the unpledged 'super' delegates which is the last lead she has on Obama. By every definition of the word Clinton is losing and the superdelegates know that despite her every attempt to reposition herself as the winner she isn't and won't be.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  20. George Wilson

    It is true, we don't need super deligates, nor do we need any kind of deligates, All we need do is to follow the will of the people. It is my opinion that way too many are tying their hopes, and dreams to a star, that has yet to shine. No one will argue that we do need a change in this country, but that is to change from Bush to anyone else as long as it is a Democrat. Not too long ago this great nation was in good shape, and everyone was happy, but now you are ready to jump off into the deep end without a parachute, but that doesn't change the facts. The facts are that this country is in deep --, and we don't have anyone at the helm that can steer us out of it. We do need a change, but that change should be in the right direction. Should it not be, we are going to put this nation back into the hands that have got us where we are today.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  21. Mark

    Hillary simply cannot win the delegate race at this point. She is in far worse shape than she was prior to the Ohio and Texas primaries, which everyone acknowledged was pretty close to the end of her political rope, and yet the press acts as if she is somehow resurgent. She is further behind in every measurable statistic- pledged delegates, overall delegates, popular vote, etc., than she has ever been- and she has fewer states in which to make up the difference. In the last month, Obama has still won more delegates, votes, and superdelegates than Hillary. She simply cannot catch up to Obama's delegate total- and even her campaign is starting to admit this.

    So in essence, she is staying in the race for a last ditch effort to try to manipulate some sort of back room deal to get the support of the superdelegates she needs to win this nomination. Anyone who is paying any attention at all (including the superdelegates) can see this. It is obvious that there are only a few reasons she would be staying in this race:

    1) She has a hard time accepting reality and simply refuses to quit.
    2) She is holding out hope that she can somehow convince enough superdelegates to overrule the will of the American voters and vote for her, despite the fact that she will definitely be behind in pledged delegates when this is all over.

    Does anyone really believe that she can win upwards of 70% or more in every remaining contest? She hasn't done that yet… not once.

    Why wait? The superdelegates and the American People should just ask themselves right now- "Is it alright with us that a candidate for the highest office in our country would be so willing to forsake the simplest principle of democracy- government by the people for the people, in order to overturn the delegate count- and likely the popular vote- in order to win?"

    No need to wait everyone, the cards are already on the table…

    Superdelegates- No need to wait, and to see your party wage a bloody and potentially costly civil war. The writing is on the wall. The longer you wait to commit, the more damage is done. The decision isn't going to change much.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  22. Peter M

    As a registered Democrat, should Senator Obama have a lead in pledged delegates and popular vote at the time of the convention and the superdelegates do not vote for him, I will stay home in November . No Democrat in any race will get my vote, and I will strongly urge other Democrats to stay home as well. While we live in Republic, I believe that Democratic ideals must be followed in this case. Democrats are heading down the path that Republicans did in the 1912 election. I could see Obama winning enough support to make a bid as a third party candidate, as Roosevelt did in 1912. The results would be catastrophic for Democrats.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  23. O. A. Eze a.k.a OGB in Austell, GA


    It is absolutely significant that the superdelegates are moving towards Obama. He has the momentum to move the country forward. He is the audacity of hope that America needs to redeem her image in the community of nations. Clinton is now trailing behind in the delegate count and I don't think she will be catching up to Obama at all. Hence, it will be absolutely idiotic and totally moronic if the superdelegates vote Clinton into becoming the Democratic nominee. The Obama momentum is motivationally magnetic and I believe it is the sure reason that the superdelegates are now moving like iron filings towards the Obama magnet of change and hope.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  24. Prof Michael Peterson

    I think 313 more super delegates should stand up for the American people and end this contest by pledging their support to Obama. The money, and energy wasted the next 4 months would be better served setting the course to change the direction of our nation. Regardless of the campaign "promises" nothing will change in Washington without a mandate and leadership style that will facilitate the necessary changes. There's only one person left in the race that can pass that test.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  25. Michael NY, NY


    I am not surprised that it is taking the superdelegates this long to move over to Barack's delegate column. You have the party establishment on Hillary's side, those who have dominated the Democratic parties politics for decades, slowly but surely being taken over by the will of the people. Nobody ever said that taking down Goliath was easy, but it sure is a beautiful sight to see!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  26. Chris MA

    ... It means the super delegates have figured out that Hillary can't win the general election. Way too many Independents don't trust her,and way too many republicans out right detest her. Senator Obama on the otherhand is getting alot of the independent vote and some cross over republican vote...

    March 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  27. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I certainly hope not. We really need to win in November and Obama is going to be ruined by ten thousand lies, smears and innuendo. Hillary is probably too damaged as well, so I am hoping against hope that the super delegates will step in and install Edwards or Biden, either of whom could survive the smear machine, and WIN!!

    This is not rocket science: the nominee should be electable, otherwise he/she will NOT be inaugurated in January. How hard is this to understand?? The republicans get it.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  28. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Game, set and match.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  29. Ann, Charlotte, NC

    Maybe they are finally realizing, by the record turnout in every election, that people are not happy with the status quo. Maybe they realize their own positions are on the line if they go against what the people want. Maybe they see that people are very uncomfortable that this has turned mean and nasty.

    The longer this goes on the greater chances are that the Democratic will be responsible for their own defeat. Clinton has written the play book for MaCain and he is pulling his party together and has time to rest and be well prepared for the race.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  30. Eric-suburban, Michigan

    By the superdeligates lining up behind Obama they are reaffirming what the majority of the American people think, which is Senator Obama is the best candidate for not only the Democratic party but for the Presidency, and it is about time. You said it yourself Jack, "...the superdelegates will ultimately be called upon to decide the race." And since the majority of them are elected officials, 'by the people, for the people' wouldn't it only be logical that their vote reflected the very people they were elected to serve.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  31. earl illingsworth

    It's important for Hillary to watch her every step, and follow the leader (Obama) for any mishaps. There's absolutely no need for her to attack Obama, or for that matter get caught up in the daily,"who got-cha pundits retrospeak",just stay the course(Hillary) baby. This is still anyones race to win, with such a narrow margin of delegates to overcome, that it's actually healthy, and natural for a few superdelegates to break away from the fold. Enough said,let' get it on! Mr. Insignificant

    March 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  32. Adam Roberts

    Obama has a huge lead in pledged delagates, so much so that Clinton can't possibly hope to catch up. The superdelagates wouldn't dare contradict the will of the people. It's over, Jack. It's only a matter of time before the rest of the superdelagates fall into line.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  33. Deborah from Florida

    After reading Associated Press statement "Democrats Split Delegates" in Mississippi. 14 for Clinton and 19 for Obama even though he won 60 percent of the vote just goes to show that it"s not over until all the delegates and superdelegates are counted. Especially since Clinton picked up an additional delegate in New York and a additional 4 votes in Colorado just this week because of close rates being finilized from February 5th Super Tuesday.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  34. Ginger

    After listening to the kind of sermons that Pastor Wright has been preaching and knowing that Senator Obama has been attending this church for 20 years and is a member of this church; I will not vote for him for President or Vice President of this country. Democrats need to write to the DNC and let them know if this man is anywhere on the democratic ticket that they will leave the democratic party. This is sickening, disgusting and a disgrace. And the media should be ashame for not letting us the American people know about this until now. Do you even care about America ??? You call yourselves journalists.What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  35. Jennifer bates

    It is very significant that the superdelegates are moving tword obama. The super delegates can see Obama is the best canditae for the presidency and the most likely to win overall. Sice their voted coint extra than regual voted it can pull him to a huge lead.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  36. BobW Rochester, NY

    Considering that the party is being torn apart by all of rancor and bickering, I'm not surprised that the Super Delegates have moved in Obama's direction. This is especially true when you consider the former members of the Bill Clinton administration that are strating to blow the whistle on Hillary's padded resume. I think the SDs just want to get this thing over with.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  37. debbie, euclid oh

    Mr. Macain claims to be the most qualified to answer the phone at 3:00 A.M.. Who is he kidding, what 70 year old can hear the phone ring at 3:00 A.M. in the morning.

    P.S. ( espcially if his hearing aide is on the nightstand)

    March 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  38. ajks

    It means that she will have to pull out more dirty tricks from her bag. She will do anything to win, and yes opening up her home is like renting out the Lincoln bedroom. Let's don't have a redo of the Clinton scandals.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  39. deb in az

    i would agree with the super delegates voting for the nominee that the majority of the people of their state voted for. but as an arizona resident the governer of my state supports barack obama........she does not support the will of the people in this state........is there some double standard here? i dont know what the super delegates are thinking when casting their votes.......i would take into consideration the age of the voters and the massive turnouts to vote and will these people infact turn out to vote in the general election........as a voter i have a bad taste in my mouth at the moment with this mans minister, what he says and what he preaches.....my mother voted for barack and now is wondering what is up with this? a real big turn off for a lot of barack obama voters............guess what people barack does need the white democratic voters as well to win in november.......his church that he attends preaching hate the white man wont do that.........i would say that he should have stopped attending that church 20 years ago..........

    March 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  40. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    It is significant. These superdelegates could put an end to all the divisive, bitter campaign rhetoric that could hand the White House over to McCain in November. All they have to do is hop on board the Obama train before it's too late.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  41. Patricia

    It depends Jack....Between Sen. Obama's spiritual guide Rev. Wright & his sermons, & Sen. Clinton's fund raiser & her less than stellar explaination about her statements, I think John Edwards should go back to campaigning for President. At least John Edwards stuck to talking about the issues & he didn't have the weight of smart people making stupid statements, & that would give the super delegates a better choice.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  42. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    It is significant. These superdelegates could put an end to all the divisive, bitter campaign rhetoric that could hand the White House over to McCain in November. All they have to do is hop on board the Obama train before it's too late.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  43. Eleanora Feucht

    Don't count Hillary out. There are still some states left, notably Pennsylvania where both Governor Rendell and Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia are backing her. It's seems like too many people have forgotten what the Clintons did for them in the 90's. That's gratitude!
    Hillary has twice been voted as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country. How many times has Obama? There are many high ranking military men who are backing her which means she can best keep our country free from terrorism. I hope the Obamamania which has infested this country doesn't come back to make us sorry. My biggest fear is that McCain will wipe the floor with him when it comes to experience and God Forbid , we will wind up with a Republican and more war!! Mt, Laurel, N.J.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  44. April in texas

    Jack, at the moment Obama is leading in pledged delegates and popular vote. If the super delegates truely want to help the DNC they should step up and choose as soon as possible so we can get a nominee. Currently the tug and war of this primary is only causing turmoil and giving a free run to the RNC. Be decisive super delegates after all isnt that what we want our government to be in decisions concerning policies on capital hill.

    Obama '08

    Austin Texas

    March 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  45. Tina Ft Worth

    Jack they are listening to the people. We do not want a dynasty of Bush, Clinton, Bush and yet another Clinton. We want fresh thinking even though he is not as experienced as all the other. Who cares. He will have a multitude of cabinet members helping him along. We need a new change and a new direction and the other two, Hillary and McCain are Bush in sheep's clothing and they need to be sheared now.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Michael "C" in Lorton Virginia

    It means that Obama's momentum has increased and he is doing better than what Hillary has been trying to do and the political delegates are coming full circle to reality. The political delegates are now aware of Obama's steady accretion. Obama has skillfully and carefully planed his campaign step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and he is progressively better able to grasp any situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it. It's simply a matter of doing what he does best and not worrying about what Hillary is going to do.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  47. Samantha, Riverside, CA

    Well Jack,
    It would mean that Obama is one step closer to winning the nomination ofcourse. Unfortunately though, I feel that Obama is now
    "damaged goods," even if he wins the popular vote and the delegate count. I'm 43 years old, a registered Democrat and I just don't see many women like myself voting for him in the general election. Too much negativity has been coming out of Obama's camp towards Hillary and it doesn't sit well with many women. I'll probably vote for McCain or just stay home.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  48. Jed from Chico, CA

    Mene Mene Tekhel Parsin.

    The superdelegates see the writing on the wall. Obama is winning in every sense of the word. Regardless of if and when Florida and Michigan revote, Obama will be ahead in popular vote, pledged delegates and number of states won. In addition, he is polling well in a head-to-head against John McCain (in general, better than Hillary Clinton). But that will not last if the Democrats keep fighting – especially if Hillary keeps giving John McCain ammuntion to use against Obama in the fall. The supers don't want to have to make a choice – they want the voters to have their say (or at least that's what they tell us). But they need to. They must make the heir apparent known by June if they want to win in November and that can only be done if the superdelegates make a decision as soon as possible.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  49. debbie, euclid oh

    The democrataic party knows as well as Clinton that she cannot catch Obama. Its impossible for them to justified given Clinton the nomination. We are a democracy as we protray ourselves to the world. The winner is the one with the most delegates. Imagine the outcry around the world and within our own boarders if winning the most means losing.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  50. Cindy

    Superdelegates moving to Obama, to me, means... they do see where the problem with this is. They are breaking their silence. Even Pelosi, though committed to remain neutral.... her denouncement of a joint ticket, was a clear message that she sees who was trying to manipulate the process.

    It's a bad sign for Clinton. But she just can't let go. I'm sure she and her supporters are absolutely convinced Obama stole her nomination. And he did, fairly and squarely.

    But you don't steal it back by manipulation. Maybe you do if you're Republican... but not if you're a Democrat. It's just totally wrong, if you're a true Democrat.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  51. Velle In Halifax

    Jack, since screaming, shouting, imploring, nor applealing to her ASSUMED common sense has succeded in convincing Billary to CONCEDE THE NOMINATION to Sen. Obama the superdelegates are taking their turn to deliver to "her highness" the message: "ENOUGH ALREADY! We've got an election to win!"
    Can't this woman just settle for her daily "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the mightiest of them all?"

    March 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  52. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Hi Jack! It means it doesn't look too good for camp Clinton. I don't trust these SuperDelegates though. They seem to wear their vote on their sleeves. This is why it is so important that Florida and Michigan get their delegates seated. Please let it be over before the Super Delegates get their dirty little hands on it.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  53. Gretchen from Indiana

    And it only cost Senator Obama $720,000 to buy them off. A bargain at twice the price!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  54. Christian Chicago, IL

    It's not very significant that the superdelegates are moving toward Obama, and to say that they are even doing that, is again an exaggerated media concoction. It's especially insignificant because superdelgates can change their mind at anytime. If Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida(again), and the other Midwestern states, as she is expected to do, she will significantly close the gap between herself and Obama and head into the convention with the momentum. It would be hard to fathom for the majority of the superdelgates not to support her.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  55. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    The 796 superdelegates include every Democratic member of Congres, Democratic governors, former presidents and vice presidents, members of the Democratic National Committee, and former heads of the National Committee. Superdelegates are conversant with the known and not yet known liabilities of a Clinton run for the presidency. A movement of this group toward Obama has to give Hillary a 3 A.M. phone-call moment that keeps her awake at night.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  56. Lamarr

    It really depends on how Obama does in the remaining states. If he can continue to hold a pledged delegate lead, along with the popular vote, I don't see how the superdelegates cannot support him. Florida isn't going to happen, and Michigan will not be enough for Clinton (who may not even win it).

    So, if everything continues as it probably will, the superdelegates will either have to support the will of majority, or go against the majority and disenfranchise members of their own party (which is political suicide).

    March 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  57. Rich Clemens

    The superdelegates will decide this and, as professional politicians, they know that an extended, divisive primary battle will only help Republicans. They also know that if Hillary's lackluster campaign continues to sputter, it will confirm that she does not have the political skills to run a successful general election campaign. If Obama continues to hold significantly more pledged delegates in early May –after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries– look for a superdelegate stampede to Obama.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  58. J.D. In NH

    Superdelegates have been biding their time for too long. Stand up and be counted so we can get this thing over with. The Clinton machine needs a wake-up call that things aren't going the way she had hoped. We do not want her as our nominee. It doesn't mean she's a bad person or unqualified. It means this wasn't her year. She needs to hop off the ego train and make nice with Obama so we can take back the White House and save the country from certain destruction.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  59. Les Young Oklahoma

    As my old Texas buddy would say turn out the lights the party is over. Poor Hillary talking points are getting a little thin anyway. It does not suprise me that the superdelegates are moving toward Obama since he is leading in delegates,states and popular vote.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  60. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Have you seen Olympics Jack ? Do they stop say a 3k run after runners complete 2k because one runner is leading ? No way. This game is not over yet. Superdelegates may flip flop. Who cares. Lets talk at the end of the game.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas

    March 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  61. Deborah-Grant, Michigan

    It's about time they saw the light!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  62. Leo - Florida

    I really cannot comment much about the Super Delegate migration from Hillary to Obama. Not really sure what thoughts might be going through their heads when they finally decide on who they would like to support. Only opinion I can offer is why I, a white/hispanic veteran male switched teams mid presidential run. I was a Hillary supporter, disillusioned by what I perceived as being the wonderful "Clinton Era"; due note that I was still in high school during this time. I supported Hillary up until I began to actually pay attention to what Hillary was saying before, during, and after the debates. And how she over embellished some facts, stretched some truths, or flat out lied to make herself seem better than the rest. And that was to the few questions she actually answered, they rest were sliced and diced into political jargon that in the end, I really had no idea where she stood on certain issues. I do believe Edwards called her out on this during one debate.
    I've done my homework on the two remaining democratic candidates. I agree that there are questionable things in each of their pasts, but looking at their track record side by side, the Clintons history is stained with false truths, hidden scandals, and flat out denials of anything ever taking place. You yourself have shined the light on a few of these over the last couple weeks. As for Senator Obama, at least he had the nerve to address some of his past mistakes and let the public judge him for what he has done. Some might see this as a weakness of his, I see this as one of the many reasons I strongly support Senator Obama. Who knows, maybe the super delegates are beginning to see the light at the end of this foggy political tunnel.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  63. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack, I think it is great! It only goes to show that the superdelegates know for a fact the Sen Clinton has completely Misrepresented her foreign policy experience. They also know that hopes lies with one with vision and an original thought process. Sen Clinton has proved over and over again that she hold steadfast to the rules of OLD POLITICS, in that she misrepresents facts on her background and over embilishes her cred's as well as will do most anything to further her political career (status quo). The superdelegates also realize that American's are demanding radical change from the past and realize that their failure to step in line with our wishes will result in their own political careers going down the sewer.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  64. Howard-Joshua Tree

    Very significant it mean the super delegates are voting based on the popular vote not based on their judgment, it would be better to end the role of the super delegates who get to vote twice once to create a pledge delegate and once as a super delegate “democratic” that what the party is about right.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  65. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Just wait 'til the law suits start. Just wait until the whining gets into high gear. Them traitorous delegates will be screaming in mud-covered pain and streaming back to HRC with their small heads cowering in fear.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  66. Denise

    I believe the superdelegates are wanting this back and forth nonsense over with. So they are choosing to rally around the Dem candidate that has the best chance of winning. Clearly, they would like Hillary to concede, all in an effort to get Obama ready and focused on November. Having these two Dem candidates battle over he/she said malarky, only wastes more money that would help combat the McCain train.

    Obama '08

    March 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  67. tco in Virginia

    It's highly significant in that Clinton, who has always assumed she had the super delegates in her back pocket, will not be able to deceive them the way her campaign has tried to deceive the voters about her own record and Obama's record. While I'd prefer a direct election primary, that's not what we have; so all I can do is hope and pray that the super delegates follow the will of the people. If that means Obama is the candidate, then the Clintons will just have to be gracious in their loss and throw their support behind Obama to beat McCain. And vice versa if Clinton wins the popular vote. Otherwise, all hail Bush III, I mean, McCain.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  68. Kevin

    Let's see, Barack Obama is ahead in delegates, ahead or very close in popular vote and is now almost even in super D's. That's a hat trick, turn out the lights Hillary the party's over. It's time to focus on John McCain.

    Warren, MI

    March 14, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  69. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, this is significant as the superdelegates are learning just how divisive Hillary Clinton really is! She is a pariah in the Democratic Party and cannot unify the country as Barack Obama can! Yes We Can!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  70. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, as fas as I know the Superdelegates are voting on their best judgment. Obama is running on hope and judgment. There for I don't understand how he could win on the judgment he made for 20 years listening to his ' Preacher-man ' but so be it..the damage is done.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  71. tylar

    It is not a factor for Hillary. I think even if all the superdelegates went for Obama she would continue her divisive campaign for The Presidency. She dose not care about the harm this campaign is doing to the Democratic Party. The very fact that we are still entertaining the idea of counting or redoing the elections in Florida and Michigan is very disturbing to me. Why can't people follow rules. I believe that Crist new exactly what he was doing when he did not veto the bill to move up the primary. If Florida decides not to vote democratic this election because they can't have the final word then they will have to live with four more years of decaying economy and a war that is sucking us dry on a military level as well as economic. What is that saying for the next election. If you want to count more than any other state don't follow the rules. It is ridiculous. I don't want a President with an obviously cares nothing about fair play.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  72. Matt

    It's signficant because Hillary needed them to overrule Obama's popular vote and pledged delegate lead. This...clearly isn't happening.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  73. Brian from Berea, KY

    It is only right that more of the superdelegates start to line with the person leading in popular votes by 2.6% (700,000+), and pledged delegates by 161!! Anything else would be unjust.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  74. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Any chance of Clinton winning the nomination seems in my mind to be gone. If the superdels go to her all the black people in America, who are seemingly supporting Obama enmass, generally without knowing anything about him beyond he talks well and he's black, she will have stolen the nomination. Of course the fact that he can only win the nomination with the same superdels doesn't seem to register in their minds. I am so tired of the media bias against Clinton, especially by you Jack, that I may stop watching CNN all together. Just give Obama the nomination so his supporters can start blaming the Clinton's now instead of waiting for him to lose in November.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  75. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    It appears as though some superdelegates believe that they know what is best for the Democrats. Perhaps.

    However the superdelegates should represent, and be the voice of, the people (and hopefully those "people" will vote based upon the candidates' capabilities and potential, not their race, gender, or the good-ole-boy deals made behind closed doors).

    If the superdelegates become the deciding factor in the Democratic nomination the Democratic party will become a dictatorship. And that's not much better than the Cubans who are living under Castro and his Mini-Me.


    March 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  76. Vinnie Vino

    It's very critical to Hillary's lasted gased effort in trying to manipulate the race for nomination in her favor, despite the fact she is going finish behind Obama in the popular vote...

    C.I., New York

    March 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  77. Michael

    How can you tell a superdelegate, does he or she have a big red S inside a shield on their chests? Is it significant if they are moving toward Barack Obama, only if they are coming at superspeed and don't stop. That would end this national nightmare of the primary season that will never end, real fast.

    Mike Hopkinton, MA

    March 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  78. Ted in Portland OR

    Super delegates are discovering that in order to be viable members of upcoming administration, 2009-2013, they better be on board the Obama Change Express. They are figuring out that status quo, old line Washington is fading into the past. Younger voters, those 50 and under, will make it so, PA is the last stronghold of special interest status quo politics. It is also not especially necessary for Obama to win in PA in order to win the nomination because he is well on course to win everything else left. More than that, the Clinton's dirty tricks no longer have any effect.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  79. Mary Johnson

    The figures you are showing do not look like a route to me:
    But if you see it as a surge for Barak Obama well its all in the eye of the beholder. Personally, when the superdelegates start a "surge" for Obama it will be all over the news in 30 seconds.... I sincerely hope they wait until all the voters have had their chance to make a choice.
    Its only fair.... Really, considering everything, this election has been the fairest I have ever seen for a nomination and I started voting in 1960. the frustrated Dem, Mary in Sarasota, FL

    March 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  80. Ron Saywack.

    All the trends, primaries, caucuses, polls and supedelegates point, overwhelmingly, in one direction: Obama! It's not just momentum, it's a phenomenon

    It is now virtually impossible for Hillary to win the nomination. The math, even if it's Huckabean, does not add up.

    It's time for the Party to unite behind the "presumptive" winner and end the suspense. It's time for the second-place candidate to show some class and get onside and call it a day.

    The November election is the Dems to lose!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  81. Dick B

    It just proves the superdelegates are as stupid as their sidekick voters. I am moving to Austrailia because Canada is too cold. I found that out in the 60's.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  82. Gigi in Alabama

    I think these so called super delegates should wait until all primaries are settled. If they have a preference, they should keep it to themselves until the will of the people has determined exactly who is ahead. Then and only then should they cast their votes for the candidate that has accumulated the most delegates. I think that Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton are counting too much on the super delegates and not enough on the American voters.
    If we had our way there would be only one primary for all states. That person could then concentrate on winning the election in November. Their snipping with one another is getting disgusting.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  83. Brian - Trinidad

    Insignificant, because the voters don't care about the Democrats anymore. The Democratic Party leadership has screwed up a simple process, electing a candidate, why? Because all the backroom wheeling and dealing had to be satisfied before they make a decision, why? Because in the Democratic Party, the wishes of the individual comes before the wishes of the country. And that is why many people are turned of by the Democrats and will vote Republican in November.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  84. Don

    So much for integerity. When you have a hot product you go with it. Then again you would think that intellegent people would wait till the voting over then make a decision. If this keeps up I am going Republican for the first time ever, at least they can make a decision.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  85. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    With Hillary's experience and her cheers at the 2004 DNC I think the Superdelegates have it pre-determined that Clinton should be the Democratic nominee. Honestly I believe Hillary has a better chance of beating McCain than Obama does being that she has won the big states and the most significant one of all Ohio. She defeated Obama in Ohio by a large margin and the superdelegates must see that she is the true candidate for the Democrats so I see them on Hillary's side.


    March 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  86. Mark in Miami

    It is significant because once the Super Delegates vote for the candidate with the most pledged delegates, the most states won and the most in the popular vote, then we will start to see the the answer to your next question: HOW CAN DEMS HEAL THE WOUNDS BEFORE NOVEMBER. Follow the will of the people and I am sure the Democratic Party will bounce back just fine.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  87. Dmurphy

    It's pretty obvious that the superdelegates are looking at the number of pledged delegates won, the number of states won, and the person winning the popular vote and the only logical conclusion is that Senator Obama is the better candidate.

    Now if only someone would clue in Hillary Clinton....

    Obama '08

    NY, NY

    March 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  88. CB

    Mr. Cafferty, the significance would be off the proverbial scale. It would signal a welcomed end to the party's in-house bickering. It would also mean that the remaining superdelegates have the vision to look beyond the madness of the campaign. Rallying to the candidate with the greatest probability of winning against Sen. McCain, would send a clear message to the Republicans that the rumble has begun.

    CB in Wright, FL

    March 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  89. Wendy

    It means that if the Clinton team wants to deal with reality and try to salvage whatever they have left of their political reputations, they will get out now. Don't hold your breath! Reality was never one of their strong suits.

    San Rafael, CA

    March 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  90. Steve Wilson

    In week 1 of my 6 week vacation, I am trying to pull away from the painly slow progress in the delegate and superdelegate count; I just cant find myself being able to do that with so much at stake. I am not taken in one bit with Obama's silky smooth speeches, his harvard-esque eloquence nor his condensed "experience."

    I do fear that a growing segment of the populace, delegates and superdelegates are begining to.

    I stand for change as well. I stand for change I can believe in also. I stand for change with a solid foundation most of all. You cant lift a ten pound weight with a 2 pound effort.

    My fear is that Obamas foundation may just be as the old hymn says;... "sinking sand".

    Steve in Seattle

    March 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  91. Tawana -IL

    Since the mess in MI & FL, the ultimate decision will come down to the superdelegates and with the superdelegates going to Obama, it seem like a sign that the Obama is one that they want to see as the nominee.
    The one with the most pledge delegates should be the nominee regardless if he or she reaches 2025. This seems pretty clear to me!
    I personally believe a nominee would have been selected already if this wasn't such a historical event!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  92. Alec, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    It is about time that the Democratic leadership (that would be the superdelegates) get in line with the will of the people. To back Barak Obama is to back the ONLY candidate, Democrat or Republican, that can unite this country and regain our footing in the world.


    March 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  93. Michael from Notre Dame

    If Hillary had the pledged delegate lead, the popular vote, and had just about broken even with superdelegate counts, do you think Obama would still be in this race? I don't think so.

    She needs to bow out now before she damages the party any further. She is staying in this race in hopes of someone convincing the superdelegates to go against the will of the people. This is suicide for the democrats. Whoever wins the most pledged delegates and the popular vote should be the nominee, whether it be Clinton or Obama. And I think Hillary and the media are repulsive for even suggesting anything else.

    Notre Dame, IN

    March 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  94. Nora. South Texas

    Keep an eye on Hillary everyone, this thing is not over till she says it is and that is not happening. I am sure there are lots of back room deals falling into place right now and lots of favors being called in. I think Obama is a great man, I am just afraid he is not going to survive the Clinton machine, they try to mow him down at every turn. They better not find out he pulled that little girls hair in 2nd grade, that would surely be the end for him!!!!

    March 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  95. Dave

    It's just super!

    We all know what its like when a feline is backed into the corner, the hisses start and the claws come out. It's even worse when a happy canine named Obama keeps bounding across the country being America's best friend.

    They are called Superdelegates, not Stooperdelegates. If they get partisan and vote for Clinton, instead of following the popular vote for Obama, they'll all be bowing to President McCain for 4 years.

    Ontario Canada

    March 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  96. Mercer, Califorina City, California

    Food for thought: Anytime someone say something not positive about Mr. Obama, or his voting record, pressing the wrong button, his association with a crime element of Chicago... five white men behind the curtain are ready to censor you, or call you a racist. They keep saying that Hilary is throwing the kitchen sink at Mr. Obama, well Mr. mcCain will throw the counter, refrigerator, trash compactor and the stove at this novice politician.
    Jack, can you be one of the white men behind that curtain? Well, you will not be able to call me a racist...I am a person of color, so you and the other four will have to labled me an Uncle Tom.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  97. Rob G.

    Oh jeesh! Does this mean Hillary is going to shed a tear again? Or maybe she'll try the 'shame on you Obama' angle again? Or maybe get her supporters to sling some more trash talk? Well, those haven't worked so far so now I guess she's throwing a party to woo some superdelegates.
    I think Hillary should just change her campaign slogon to: I'm desperate & will do anything to win.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  98. Dave in Ontario Canada

    It’s just super!

    We all know what its like when a feline is backed into the corner, the hisses start and the claws come out. It’s even worse when a happy canine named Obama keeps bounding across the country being America’s best friend.

    They are called Superdelegates, not Stooperdelegates. If they get partisan and vote for Clinton, instead of following the popular vote for Obama, they’ll all be bowing to President McCain for 4 years.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  99. Sue Filutze

    Jack it's just one more reason for someone with the Kahonas to go to Hillary and say, IT'S OVER ALREADY, you cannot win, and your not going to win. I realize she thinks this was a coronation, but she has been proven to be a rather spitful and devious person. She sends out her minions to enter race into the campaign, well it backfired on her and most of the African Americans broke for Obama. So, now that the race card didn't work she's having them post his pastors comments on You Tube, to be sure Hannity and the right wing slime machine will have it all over the news etc., This woman needs to realize the people of this country are sick to death of the Bush's and Clintons. Time for a complete break and fresh start. Bye Hillary.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  100. MIKE in Arizona

    Jack -

    I think the tide of Super Delegates is about to turn around and run the other way. No Super Delegate is going to want to be seen as endorsing the views of Reverend Wright and that's just what they will be doing if they stick with Obama.

    Obama cannot say that Wright was just his pastor any longer, it just ain't true - he held a trusted position on an important religious committee that was INSIDE the campaign.

    I don't think any Super Delegate is going to want to get caught in this crossfire, and there are now 'awakened' members of the media who will keep pounding on this for quite awhile.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  101. marsha

    I've watched this campaign from my older woman's eyes and I have lost my respect for Hillary. She was my hero in the nineties but her behavior and her tactics have left me with a sour taste. If Obama is robbed of this nomination I think it will be the end of our Democratic party.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  102. Zeppo

    First you say you think the super delegates should follow the will of the people. Now you are suggesting that the people will follow the will of the super delegates. Maybe the super delegates shouldn’t be able to take money from the candidates and then they wouldn’t sway with the wind so easy. And maybe they should keep their choice quiet until the convention and let the people choose the president.

    Hillary has won every big blue state except Missouri. Barrack has won states that will no doubt go to straight shooting Mcain, unless Barrack is planning on going hunting with John Kerry. Hillary Clinton is the choice of California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Florida and the super delegates that want to win the general election will vote for her.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  103. henry glenn

    I believe the current trend is proof that the Super–Delegates are listening. The Super–delegates have been beaten up throughout this contest Yet they are the wisdom of the party and they got to this level, in most cases , by observing, listening and believing in this country-– not by ignoring, marginalizing and neglecting those without power.
    Obviously they are aware that America wants to change direction for awhile and drive a different vehicle down our road to the future!
    waltham, ma.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  104. Jerry Wilson

    Superdelagates supporting Hillary and Barack in equal numbers isn't significant. If Hillary wins Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan by double digits, which she should, she will be the democratic nominee. How significant is it that Barack only receives thirty percent of the white vote in blue states would be a better hypothetical.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  105. carmen

    Hey Jack:

    What don't some people get? Ahead in polular vote, ahead in regular delegates, ahead in super delegates, and remember the come from behind? Yeah the momentum was stopped, by Obama. He has won, he is winning, he will win. And what a happy day for America and the world the next inauguration will prove to be.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  106. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I personally won't be listening. I heard and watched enough debates to know who I will vote for. I am so tired of hearing this debate will be the rumble in the jungle when all it is some reporters trying to look good with tricky questions, that seasoned candidates are to smart to fall for. This debate thing has been beaten so far into the ground by the news media, that it has made dieting much easier for me. All I have to do is say the word debate at the supper table and I lose my appetite.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  107. Janice, Illinois

    Very significant! McCain will be elected in a landslide.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  108. Rick - Alberta Canada

    It is as if, whenever a country needs that special someone in a time of crisis, along comes a special person. For instance, in those dark days of the second world war, when England needed that special someone, along came Winston Churchill to rally the nation. America is in a dire situation now after seven years under Bush. I truely believe, for America, that person is Barack Obama. Black, Purple, Green, or polkadot, what does the color of a persons skin matter. You have never had, for a very long time, the turn outs for voting or the interest being created as you have now, record votes and all. You can put that down into five letters, OBAMA.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  109. Jerry


    Super Delegates

    Super Glue

    Super Duper

    Super Suds

    Super Fly

    Super Man

    Doesn't matter, the movement is moving!

    Roselle, Illinois

    March 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  110. Terry from: Fayetteville NC

    You can multiply all the point spreads by six. Because that is how many BIG problems go away for the DNC if all the indicators point to Obama. Bill Schneider would probably say it is the square root of six and that is why he gets the big bucks while we are siphoning gasoline from our "conservative" neighbors.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  111. Isabelle, NY

    Jack, I almost think it doesn't even matter as much at this point. Obama is so far ahead, Clinton could have a substantial amount of superdelegate support and he still would win. I think people should start calling this like it is and not try to deceive us into thinking that Clinton has a chance. The math just doesn't work for her.
    Can anyone say Huckabeeitis?

    March 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  112. California Voter

    Jack, I believe there has been a significant amount of arm-twisting applied to the black superdelegates to switch to the Obama side –supposedly threats. Don't know if this is true, however, I still haven't heard where Hillary's camp is twisting the arms of Kerry, Kennedy and Patrick to follow the voters in their state. So how significant is the movement, I don't know.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  113. Bill TX

    It is not very significant, but it is indicative of the race– Hillary Clinton is very successful based on the Clinton name, but it seems that in every state Barack Obama goes to, the more he and his supporters have time to spend in that state, the better he does. Also, there are several states left, and I think that most agree that when it is all said and done, the remaining delegates and popular vote split will be about even. This indicates that Obama will still have the same lead in popular votes and delegates, and the superdelegates have no intention of disturbing that. Clinton and Obama will do the right thing for the party and kiss and make up. They cannot run together because while they do have similar stances on many issues, their approaches conflict and you could imagine the danger of them running together and the commercial about the commander in chief test; however, a visible cabinet position is not out of the question.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  114. Dean

    It's significant when someone reaches 2025 and the other candidate drops out. As the superdelegates can always change their minds, until then it is a good talking point but otherwise not decisive.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  115. dan

    there are many super delegates left and after Hillary wins Pen. and count Florida and Michigan wich she won and can win again its over for Obama. We all knew that when she took Texas and Ohio. Obama's momentum is in reverse, a poll taken just before Texas and Ohio 66% of democrats said that Hillary should stay in the race if she won only one of those 2 states, she won both and at 66% if you do the math many people who voted for Obama are having second thoughts or are changing their minds about him

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  116. scott

    i hope obama wins the nomination, i wont vote for him .
    but i will watch these bloggers squirm and cry and moan when the republicans destroy him his preacher and the farrakan after glow that is in his back ground.
    Hillery will win if not 2008 then in 2012 when everyone comes to there senses.
    time for a reality check youngsters.


    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  117. Peter

    I believe that if you check facts that Hillary leads Obama with the popular votes by a wide margin in states that held primarys only.
    The vote by primay is the voice of the people.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  118. Bob, Honolulu

    The superdelegate trend towards Obama is significant. It sends a message to the Clinton campaign that, for the good of the Party, negativity won't be tolerated. If all the Superdelegates committed soon it would help eliminate it as a major issue. If something drastic happened before the Convention they could change. Of course if the Superdelegate count was close or Obama were to lead "Move The Goal Post Hillary" would say it doesn't mean anything. Let's have a super Superdelegate SuperTuesday! ( just kidding).

    March 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  119. Eric

    What if Hillary wins Pennsylvania, redos in MIchigan and Florida and in the process overtakes Obama in the pledged delegate count, Will the so called Superdelegates reverse course as they did when Obama was leading?

    March 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  120. bill pike

    if the "super"???? delegates will all back obama this is over and he can mend the clinton fences. i want to see a UNITED states before i die, lets start with the democratic party and build from there. let me think: wins the delegate votes and the superdelegates, let me think what this means.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  121. Gene

    If the superdelegates are moving more and more to support Obama it may mean the end of the campaign is clearly in sight for clinton. What I so far do not see is some of the moderate conservatives moving toward support of Obama which I think would be necessary for an overwhelming win in November. I eventually expect that to happen since it seems the vast majority of voters are so fed up with the Republicans games they are certain to vote for the best candidate and not necessarily along party lines. It may be a landslide vicorty for the Democrats in November because in general voters have had it with the way the federal government has been run over the past seven years. Patiently waiting for the general election in Appleton, WI where things really are good.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  122. Rosalynd

    For the future of the democratic party and a chance at taking back the presidency I hope it continues. I rather see discourse between Obama and McCain instead of this madness from the Clinton campaign .

    March 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  123. CT Voter

    It's VERY significant!
    High-powered superdelegates need to come forward and endorse the candidate they feel will best UNITE the Democratic party and put an end to the racial, gender, big state-little state, socio-economic divide. Too many are withholding their endorsements for fear of losing personal political advancement (i.e., cabinet positions). Undeclared, RESPECTED superdelegates, such as John Edwards, Bill Richardson, and Joe Biden, need to have the courage to send a message: PEOPLE over personal political gain. Until they do that, the party will continue to be divided and the harm could be irreparable.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  124. joe m.

    these superdelgates are still a bad idea. in the final analysis superdelgates are nothing more than the remnants of the party bosses system. why not leave the choice to the voters? it makes it seem that the dems don't trust their voters to know what is best for the party.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  125. Corey

    Superdelegates are very important in this race and i think think that Hillary has come back and she will show people that she will not give up. This will tell the superdelegates that this is who we want to be our president of the united states. Hillary is strong and i wouln't be suprised if more superdelagtes go to her.


    March 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  126. Melissa Pugh

    I think it is pretty significant. The Clinton campaign says,the momentum has turned cold. We all know as the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Obama's momentum moves forward.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  127. Mary

    Jack, I am not surprised at all as the press and news media have played up Obama and trashed Clinton just like they did on Bush and Gore. Obama doesn't have much of a resume and he will never get my vote.

    Asheville NC

    March 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  128. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means Hillary better get ready to go to the concert-the fat lady is about to sing.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  129. Ken Mattheis

    The superdelegates, who supposedly are the guardians at the gate leading to the nomination, have got to be concerned with the scorched earth campaigning of the Clinton's and the long term damage it may cause to the Democratic Party and Obama should he become the nominee. Obama has the math on his side and those running for congress this fall supposedly prefer him as the candidate are also big considerations for the superdelegates. But the Clinton's willingness to throw the Democratic Party and Obama off a cliff in their quest for a return engagement at the White House has got to worry the heck out of these folks, as it should. There is a reason why her negatives are so high in each and every poll, she doesn't care about anyone but herself. Who needs her. Ken – Seattle

    March 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  130. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    I don't believe they are breaking for Barack Obama, they're waiting to see what happens in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.
    A Clinton sweep and it's bye, bye, Obama.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  131. Angela

    Its about time – I wish those super-delegates would get off the fence and end this thing. Obama is the best thing to happen to America since sliced bread!

    March 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  132. Brian W.

    It's significant. But the reason it's happening is simply because Democrats are afraid of the contest going on and on and on, so they're breaking for the one who's ahead in pledged delegates.

    But we'll see if this continues after Pennsylvania and beyond. Clinton has huge Hispanic support... so don't forget Puerto Rico hasn't had its primary yet.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  133. M. Harris

    It is very important and good news that the super delegates are moving towards Sen. Obama. I believe they can finally see her as a liability when she compares her qualifications with Sen. McCain and to watch the dirty "anything to win" battle she is waging against her own party member. Dirty always was the Clinton political way – I'm the victim, there is a right wing conspiracy against "us", etc. Many people are remembering too well the Clinton day-to-day excuses and antics. It's definitely time for a change and not Mr. Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  134. Lisa

    Hugely significant – with the race as it stands now, even with Obama having larger popular vote AND more "regular" delegates, the superdelegates will decide the race. If they're backing Obama, we're looking at our nominee.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  135. Chuks (Ottawa, Canada)

    It has become clear to me why the idea of superdelegates makes sense…to stop the party from a possible self-inflicted suicide. However, it doesn’t look likely that the so call “superdelegates” have their thinking caps on. If Clinton was leading in all areas as Obama is currently doing, this race would have been over by now. The superdelegates need to do their job and put the Clintons to bed!

    March 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  136. Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.- DeJaVu57

    The Super Delegates overturning the will of the Democratic voters is the only chance Sen Clinton has of securing the nomination. If the Super Delegates are moving towards Obama, then Hillary is in big trouble. It's almost mathematically impossible for Clinton to catch Obama in pledged delegates now. The question now is how much damage is Sen Clinton willing to do to Obama in the Nov. general election? Saying Republican nominee McCain and herself pass the Commander in Chief test, but Obama doesn't? If you had any doubt as to what drives Team Clinton, you shouldn't any more. Hillary is proving that what's most important to her is not a Democrat winning back the White House in 08, but rather her life long dream of becoming the first woman President of the U.S. Shame on you Hillary! It's time you take one for the team and get out of a race you can longer win. You had a twenty plus point lead in the polls for so many months. Your campaign staff blew it with no post Feb. 5th strategy allowing Obama to win eleven straight states. Stop being such a sore loser Hillary!
    Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.- DeJaVu57

    March 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  137. Kerry


    I think it's quite significant. In fact, it sounds like the superdelegates have had enough of Hillary Clinton's spinning and outright lying and are responding like the voters have to Obama's message of hope and unity.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  138. Steve in Fort Worth

    Breaking towards Obama. Everyone loves a winner, especially if you are a politician and you know your constiuency wants Obama for President. The Clinton argument that because she won a "bellweather" state or four in the primary means Obama won't do the same in an election is an insult to the intellicence of the electorate.

    Once again I say, "Turn out the lights, the party's over" . Say Goodnight Hillary and oh by the way. Good Riddance !

    March 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  139. Betty Rivenbark

    My message to Hillery:

    I'm fat and I am singing.

    How's that.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  140. Roy

    With all this flip flopping of the delegates they are just proveing to MaCain what kind of people the Democrates realy are. You can't count on them!


    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  141. Mike Bulmer

    It's incredibly important that superdelegates are coalescing around the Obama campaign because it represents his ability to gather votes from Democrats, independents, and Republicans across the country, rather than just the "big states" that Clinton says are important, but who generally vote Democratic anyways. When you've won 30 contests nationwide to Clinton's 14, it's pretty easy to see who the clear front runner is.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  142. L. Kiser

    It would seem to me, Jack, that the question should be more about what happened to the concept of a true domecratic country where each person had the unalienable right to vote, not this current vote by proxy system the seems to leave everyone wondering who exactly is electing our public servants, cause its sure not the people.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  143. Craig in Palm Springs, Calif.

    It's not too significant. In spite of the media support for Obama Hillary will prevail & win the nomination and go on to easily beat "my friends" McCain.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  144. Angela - Arlington VA

    Maybe Senator' Obama's wins in the precious "red" states do matter to the superdelegates.

    March 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Jon from Tempe, Az

    The movement of superdelegates to Obama is beyond very significant. it is the end of the Clinton campaign and the Clinton era. It is quite evident that Obama will win the pledged delegates by a smaill margin. Clinton's only hope was the superdelegates. Now that they are not breaking her way Clinton is done. Stick a fork in her she is done and finished. Her goose is cooked!

    March 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |