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Monday, February 11, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Super Delegates, Not Super Tuesday, May Settle Dem Nomination

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The Democratic Party flipped a coin on Super Tuesday, and it landed on its edge. With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton seemingly evenly matched, and no obvious advantage ahead for either, the nomination fight is turning in a direction it's never gone before. In past years they've simply gotten on the bandwagon at the right time, but in 2008 the Democratic party leaders called "superdelegates" may determine the nomination. ... The superdelegates are a post-reform... well, un-reform. After the 1968 convention, where the battle for the nomination literally became a battle in the streets of Chicago, the Democratic party appointed a commission headed by George McGovern to rewrite the nomination rules and open the process up... Those changes had several unintended consequences, one of which was Iowa's caucuses happening first.

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