Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Does my vote even count?

This delegate stuff is infuriating. I think it's high time we moved past this system. Recently the Republicans in this state got together and decided who got what delegates.

And we haven't even had the primary. If you're a Republican, why would you even bother to vote? And reading this, why should I as a Democrat vote?? I thought this year my vote would actually make a difference. Our primary is so late that by the time it gets here the race is usually decided.

And I didn't even know anything about these "super delegates". I hate politics and don't stay involved because it's just a huge game, nothing about what is best for us or for our country, just what is best for the politicians. This just confirms what I already know.

"The elite party insiders will likely determine the Democratic presidential candidate. But should they vote as their constituencies did? Go with their own preferences? Or throw in with whoever leads?
With victories Tuesday in three more elections, Barack Obama has now won 23 of the 35 sanctioned Democratic primaries and caucuses so far. But he has not yet solved his problem with Mannie Rodriguez.

Rodriguez supports Hillary Rodham Clinton -- and his vote matters more than most. He is a "super delegate," one of the 796 Democratic Party insiders who will break the tie if neither Obama nor Clinton emerges from the primary balloting with a clear victory, a strong possibility even after Obama's wins Tuesday.

Obama's task Tuesday was not only to carry Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. -- which he did in dominating fashion -- but to win the argument now emerging among the super delegates over whether and how to use their strength.

And that contest is far from producing a winner.

Rodriguez, a party official from Colorado, reserves the right to back Clinton, no matter that Colorado and a majority of other states have so far chosen Obama.

"I do not go with the candidate who is always winning. I go with the candidate I believe in," he wrote recently to a voter who asked how he could side against the Democratic voters in his own state.

Dan Parker, chairman of the state party in Indiana and a super delegate, feels just as strongly -- even though his state will not vote until May.

"I have made my decision, and I am supporting Sen. Clinton, and that is not going to change," Parker said.

Even as the primary schedule rolls on -- Wisconsin and Hawaii vote next Tuesday -- the campaigns are devoting a huge amount of energy to gaining the upper hand in the private conversation among the super delegates, most of whom are members of Congress or party officials.

Clinton has won pledges from just over 200 super delegates so far, and Obama from about 150, according to unscientific media tallies. The super delegates can change their allegiance at any time."

More here: "Debate intensifies over role of super delegates in Clinton-Obama race"

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