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SUPERdelegates Needed for this Showdown

The SUPERdelegates

From the far reaches of the United States of America political system, they have come together as one body with mantra of upholding truth, justice, and the American way (maybe) – they are the SUPERdelegates. Yes folks, these 796 party insiders will decide the outcome of the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, and thus the fate of the United States of America. Heavy rhetoric? Possibly, but no heavier than the rhetoric that has been used during this Presidential election season.

In a previous post I spoke about why the Democrats should be looking to unite the party instead of divide it. The Republicans seem to understand this concept of party unity. Regardless if Huckabee continues to challenge McCain or not, the Republican party is, and will be united (for the most part). The Democrats, however, are playing a dangerous game by relying on/pressuring these SUPERdelegates to make a decision. They must be SUPER indeed to fend off the amount of scrutiny that they are receiving from everyone involved in this nomination process. Where is the Justice League of America when you need them?

The New York Times Online published an article, “Democrats Look for Way to Avoid Convention Rift,” that speaks to the heart of what is haunting the Democrats, and what, in recent years, has been haunting the Democrats – destructive division within the party. Because of these divisions within the Democratic party, the SUPERdelegates have to fend-off the persistent onslaught of Barack and Hillary supporters, associates, and confidants. Add to that the unrelenting media attention, and let us not forget – they still have to cast a vote (Do they vote with the public, or do they vote what they feel in their hearts?). These SUPERdelegates better be made of steel, lead, titanium, or some material that can shield them from what is happening. Hillary, Barack, and their respective camps need to recognize that they are all on the same team, and no matter who a SUPERdelegate supports they are supporting a Democrat.

In my opinion, SUPERdelegates should not be lobbied for any reason. There should be strict rules against calling them, writing to them, using their names in public, interviewing them, or anything else of that nature. Let them read the newspaper and watch TV. Let them check on the internet for information or talk amongst themselves. They are all party insiders, so it’s not like they don’t know what’s going on. They have access to information the general public will never see. I think it is a detriment to the U.S. political system that nominee and party insiders like Bill Clinton and Tom Daschle can call on behalf of the those they support, preaching why the SUPERdelegate being contacted should vote for either Hillary or Barack. If the nominees run a just, fair, and honorable campaign they should not worry about who wins or loses, or who these SUPERdelegates vote for because in the end, they will have chosen the best man, or woman for the job. But most of all, they will have chosen – A DEMOCRAT.

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