Posted March 17, 2008 - For the women who have blasted other women for voting for Sen. Barack Obama – and thus denying Sen. Hillary Clinton an opportunity to be the nation’s first woman president – they must see the Democratic Party’s most powerful super-delegate as an outright gender-traitor.
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But for the Obama campaign, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s comments, during an interview Sunday on “ABC This Week,” was a much-needed jolt amid all the headline-stealing rancor about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons on America’s racism and militaristic behavior.
"If the votes of the super-delegates overturn what's happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic Party," the California Democrat said.
Considering that it is almost mathematically impossible for Clinton, who trails Obama by about 139 delegates from primaries and caucuses, Pelosi’s comments were an apparent signal to fellow super-delegates that they should go with the national flow and make a Black man the nation’s first minority major-party nominee.
Supporters for both Clinton and Obama have acknowledged that neither candidate can win the nomination by acquiring the necessary 2,025-delegate total from the remaining primaries. With that in mind, Clinton has been attempting to convince the super-delegates that she is “more electable” than Obama and has a much better chance of beating the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.
But that could be a tougher sell given Pelosi’s comments, pointing to actual numbers. Currently, Obama has 1,618 delegates (including 207 pledged super delegates), compared with Clinton’s 1,479 delegates (which includes 237 pledged super delegates). Obama has won half of the 30 primaries and all but one of 14 state caucuses.
But even if the popular vote were the measure of who’s most deserving of the super-delegates, Obama leads by more than 800,000 votes so far, according to Real Clear Politics. There are only 566 delegates still up for grabs: in Pennsylvania (158), North Carolina (115), South Dakota (15), Montana (16), Oregon (52), West Virginia (28), Indiana (72), and Kentucky (51); plus, Guam (4) and Puerto Rico (55).
As if Pelosi’s comments weren’t enough, Obama’s campaign – which has been reeling from Wright’s comments for nearly a week –picked up at least seven of the 14 delegates that were originally pledged to Sen. John Edwards.
While Obama gained 52 percent of those delegates so far, compared with 32 percent for Clinton, 16 percent remained with Edwards, even though he has dropped out of the race.
Some pundits speculate that Obama could get more of that prize later.
Do you think the super-delegates should go with the candidate with the most pledged delegates, or do you agree with Clinton that they should pledge their allegiance to her?