It’s a term that’s used so frequently of late, the mind becomes irked by the lack of clarification. It’s not that it would be particularly interesting to know. In fact, it’s one of those boring questions you don’t really want to learn the answer to, yet feel that, well, if ‘they’ are going to keep using the term, ‘they’ really ought to answer it for us.
Who are these Superdelegates the media keeps ranting on about whenever the names Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are mentioned? And where do they come from?
Are they, perhaps, poised to fly in from some distant galaxy, form formation over Washington, and give us a fantastic aerobatic display in kinky, skin-tight, red and blue costumes with enormous capes?
Having finally cracked the mystery of their identify, I can say with sincerity that I absolutely hope not.
To avoid sickness, migraine, and even the possibility of suicidal tendencies, try to not imagine the following names (a mere smattering) dressed in the manner previously suggested: Janet Napolitano of Arizona; Nancy Pelosi; Dianne Feinstein of California; Henry Waxman; ex-President Jimmy Carter; Ted Kennedy; John Kerry…….no, you’re right, it’s not a pretty sight.
Thanks to TIME magazine, the whole, interminable list is set out on their website for us to yawn over. Those mentioned above are the pick of the crop. Most, I’d never heard of, and I’ll bet you haven’t either. One gets the distinct impression, reading through the names, that “Superdelegates” are members of some exclusive club that no-one else would ever want to belong to.
None of them, to my knowledge, has ever been known to fly, do twirls in phone kiosks, or swing from New York skyscrapers on spiderweb. In fact, they all sound just as boring as I imagined they would be.
Still, if Obama and Clinton do finish their political Derby neck and neck, the “Superdelegates” will have the chance to do something really important – demolish any slight hope that these nomination races are in any way democratic.
With so many “Superdelegates” to choose from the corporate lobbyists must be having a field day.
Two prominent “Superdelegates” were omitted from the examples above: unsurprisingly, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Of course, in the best interests of gentlemanly politics, they’ll each vote for the other.
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