An Open Letter to Democratic Superdelegates
February 13, 2008
Dear Potential King or Queen Maker,
I would hope that you will never have to be in a position to
overturn the will of the people, but if you are looking for the
best antidote to your Republican challenger in Novembers
election, it might behoove you to avoid the possibility of poisoning
the process by supporting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.
Policy differences should be taken off the table, because there
is very little daylight between them. This decision that you may
have to make has little to do with their agenda and more to do
with their ability to win in November.
And as of now, it also has everything to do with who has won
the most states, the most delegates and the most popular votes.
Going against the will of the people by voting for Clinton over
front runner Obama will decimate the Democratic party. Weve
already been through our disenfranchisement in 2000 with nine
people on the Supreme Court deciding an election. If 796 people
are now willing to once again overturn the voice of millions,
our credibility as the worlds leader of fair elections will
be embarrassingly exposed as a sham.
If that isnt enough to temper your decision, consider that
the worst that has been said against Barack Obama so far is his
inexperience. This is about as bad as it gets for him. His chief
rival, however, has so much baggage that Republicans are practically
campaigning for her victory in the primaries. Rush Limbaugh, who
is no fan of John McCain, nevertheless is so loathe to imagine
a democrat moving into the White House that his rallying cry is
"Keep her in it so we can win it."
More ominous are hints coming from both sides of the aisle that
President Clintons White House romps will be resurrected,
only this time, these extracurricular activities are post-presidency.
More cause for concern, however are other skeletons that are likely
hiding in the Clinton closet, clattering to come out. You dont
need to be a political pundit to understand why nothing is being
said so far. Republicans dont want her out of the race yet.
Her refusal to be candid about so many questions concerning her
White House years smacks of insincerity and a cover up, which
can make or break a run for the presidency. With an Obama movement
under way, why derail the cleanest choice we have?
If any of these potentially destructive stories floating about
should be true - and history indicates it to be highly likely
- how can Democrats get their message out while having to contend
with these distractions once again? Of course the Clintons and
their operatives will deny everything, but even Democrats are
becoming weary of their disingenuous right-wing conspiracy allegations.
Also on your checklist of things to consider before anointing
your candidate should be the decision on whether or not the delegates
in Michigan and Florida will be counted. These two states went
against party rules and held their primaries before Super Tuesday.
If those delegates are later reinstated, then what was the point
of initially excluding them? Is this a fair reversal of your partys
own rules? With candidates forbidden to campaign in those states,
it is not surprising that the candidate with the biggest name
recognition at that time won the contest.
Another suggestion to you potential rainmakers is to keep your
antennae tuned into what your Democratic electorate is saying
if Obama should take the nomination versus how they would feel
if Clinton should secure the slot. What percentage of Hillary
supporters say they could live with an Obama ticket, and how many
Obama supporters say they will vote for McCain or sit out the
election if Clinton is handed the nomination?
There simply is no visceral hostility among voters directed toward
Barack Obama. If democrats want to win in November, it would certainly
be to your advantage to avoid a big chunk of your own party declining
to vote for a Hillary Clinton White House.
If you are a superdelegate who supports Clinton and who may have
to decide this nomination behind closed doors, I hope you first
get ironclad proof that there isnt a chance in hell of the
Clintons marital mess - or any other unpleasant revelations
- spilling over into the fall campaign, thus crowding out the
real issues that we voters need to hear.
Shame on the Clintons for putting us through all of this in the
nineties. Shame on you, superdelegates, if you put us through