So, how did the Democrats come up with this “Superdelegate” system where Democratic Party insiders can potentially overturn the will of the people at the convention?
Seattle lawyer and superdelegate David McDonald explains in the Seattle PI says the system came about because of a 1980 parliamentary brawl between supporters of Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy.
That was what led to the creation of the superdelegates’ role, to have party elders step in to provide a decisive, party-unifying bloc of votes to whichever candidate appears the strongest contender for November.
Even though Obama is in the lead by over 100 delegates, Clinton could still win by making use of superdelegates and other “incendiary steps” including arguing to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates banned for holding their primary too soon, according to a New York Times article.
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Tell the Democratic Party to Let the People Decide !