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Trying to stop the bleeding
Posted by: McQ on Friday, April 18, 2008

It is apparent the DNC trauma team and Dr. Dean are more determined than ever to stop the increased bleeding the primary is inflicting on its eventual candidate as they stumble their way into PA and NC:
An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.”

“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”

After facing criticism for a mostly hands-off leadership style during much of the primary season, Dean has been steadily raising the rhetorical pressure on superdelegates. He said Thursday that roughly 65 percent of them have made their preference plain, but that more than 300 have yet to make up their minds.
There are an increasing number of rumors flying around that Dean is demanding a decision by June the 1st. I imagine that date was one set prior to the "debate" the other night. After watching that debacle, I'd be Dean is probably asking for a decision for tomorrow. Democratic ideals about one man, one vote are obviously now optional.
 
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That’s odd, I thought the role of the superdelegates was to select a candidate based on the results of the primaries and caucases—not to pre-empt the results of the remaining elections. Am I misunderstanding this? It sounds like Dean is trying to game his own system to achieve an earlier result. Frankly, the Democratice primary system is a complete mess.
 
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Wait....Dean wants the supers. to weigh in now and effectively decide the election? What about the remaining primaries that would be disenfranchised by this? EVERY VOTE COUNTS?????

Yes Wolf, the Dem. primary system Is a complete mess. These are the same F-tards who designed (and couldn’t fill out properly) the infamous "butterfly" ballot in 2000.

They can’t even run their party business properly, they think they can run the country?
 
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1) How can Howard Dean "Demand" anything of the Super Delegates...Were I one, I’d say "I’ll decide when I decide." There’s no rule or by-law that demands they decide by any particular date, is there?
2) Were I a Super Delegate I don’t know how I’d vote now...I think Clinton stands a better chance in November, but Obama has the most delegates...If you vote for the November candidate you run the risk of splitting the party, because you are saying "F*ck you" to the voters. But a vote for the voter’s choice can lead to a 1972-style tub-thump’n...better to hold off. Mayhap "that Womon" can score some late-minute victories and upsets and close the gap giving cover for a smart Democratic choice.

Bottom-Line: it’s not a requirement and it’s not in the best interests of the Super-Delegates to vote now; why should they?
 
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shark,

Every vote counts . . . except those in PA, MI, FL, WV, IN, NC, KY, PR, Guam, MT, OR, and SD. Get it?
 
Written By: Sean
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Who decides who is a super delegate? Maybe Dean can at least threaten you with not being a super delegate next time.

A good proportion of them might consider that less threat and more gift, though.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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Actually, Dr. Dean’s demands dovetail nicely with labor unions’ insistence that votes on unionization proposals be open. Dems want to know who you’re voting for so that if you’re not voting for the "favored" result (whatever that is) there is sufficient time to pound you into the ground for your impudence.

Simple enough, no?
 
Written By: Greg
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Remember who the super delegates are - democrat politicians. They effectively render the entire democrat presidential primary process invalid by saying, "You little people vote for anyone you want, but in the end, we politicians will decide who runs."

Yesterday, I watched a YouTube video of a live poll in a democrat focus group during the Pennsylvania debate. Afterward, Frank Luntz asked the group if they would vote for McCain if their favorite lost. Over half raised their hands.

Howard Dean has been a complete disaster.
 
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I’ve just been letting everything pass me by lately. I haven’t been up to much lately. My life’s been dull recently, but that’s how it is. I’ve just been sitting around doing nothing. It’s not important. My mind is like a complete blank.,
 
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