Friday, February 8, 2008


Your vote doesn't count.

Not to be a downer, but what the fuck is up with superdelegates? I am still relatively new to politics, though Adam and I vote proudly and always. Still, how can this be right? Why haven't people stormed the castle long before now, before this election when I see what little power my vote has. I am downplaying my furiousness.

The Wall Street Journal explains. "Superdelegate votes were allocated to Democratic governors, senators and other party honchos in a series of party rules changes in 1984. The idea was to encourage the party's office holders to attend the convention and provide a firewall in case someone unelectable -- say, a Huey Long populist or Norman Thomas socialist" (read KUCINICH) "-- swept the primaries, says Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who helped write the rules."

There are 796 superdelegates. A candidate only needs 2,025 votes to win the party nomination. So, basically, if the race is at all close, and this one is close as they come, then the decision is likely to be made by THEM not US.

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