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Super Delegates Vs The Voters Will

Dean spells out Superdelegate rules 

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Citing Democratic rules, national committee Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday said the superdelegates who are poised to select the party’s presidential nominee are free to back whomever they wish at the end of the primaries, regardless of who leads in the popular vote or pledged delegates.

“They should use whatever yardstick they want,” Dean said in an interview at party headquarters. “That’s what the rules provide for.”

Asked about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s suggestion that superdelegates should exercise independent judgment and not feel bound by the standings after June 3 — the day the nominating season ends — Dean replied: “That’s what the rules say, and I enforce the rules.”

He also said superdelegates are free to weigh the disputed primary results in Florida and Michigan, two states Clinton carried in the absence of campaigning by rival Sen. Barack Obama. The two campaigns have spent weeks wrangling over a plan that would seat delegates from the states, which violated party guidelines by voting earlier than allowed.



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  1. This seems to have a foreboding tone to it, as he has not taken the position that he enforces the Rules before this; rather that the Democratic Committee or whatever was at the helm on that. Had he been a Rule enforcer, the idea of anything other than Michigan and Florida not being seated at the Convention would never have even been entertained… as the Rules were broken from the very beginning.

    Now, he’s throwing everything up in the air and we’ll just see how it all lands? Have Hillary and Bill paid off Dean? Or, does he know it’s going to go for Obama, anyway… and the permission for anyone to do whatever they want reopens the field for the previously pro-Clintons to now go pro-Obama?

    This is a very odd news piece or news release.

    Posted by Elizabeth Bacon-Smith | April 9, 2008, 11:18 am