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Superdelegates Have Option To Deny Either Candidate A Majority

Superdelegates have a third option at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Assuming that neither Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama wins a majority during the campaign, superdelegates can deny either candidate a majority.

As we’ve heard many times, superdelegates can vote for anybody they choose.

They could rally around one person, vote for themselves or their husbands or whoever, or they can vote for some type of placeholder person and let the process take its course. 

If when we get to the convention neither candidate seems electable, there is nothing that prohibits the convention from voting until a winner is found.

The roll of the states can be called as many times as need be.

Sooner or later some candidate, and it does not have to be Senator Clinton or Senator Obama, would emerge and win a majority of delegates. 

We’re not to this point yet, and I hope we don’t get there, but it is an option.

Here is a history of the superdelegate.

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , | 4 Comments

Democracy Catches Harris County Democratic Chair Birnberg By Surprise

In the Texas Primary, to be held March 4, there is a crazy system of awarding the Democratic delegates.

Rather than just basing the delegate count on the popular vote, supporters of the candidates must go to a precinct caucus after the pools have closed to take part in an additional process of delegate selection

Even that next step does not end the process.

And then you have the superdelegates. 

It could not be much more complicated. How are average busy people supposed to figure this stuff out?   

Read this from a February 12 Houston Chronicle editorial on the delegate selection process. 

Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Gerald Birnberg says the complicated selection rules were drafted when no one expected a tight two-person race in Texas that could be decisive in the contest for the party’s presidential nomination. “This is very, very close to the rules for the one we had four years ago, which worked just fine when it didn’t matter,” he said.

Translation of Party Chairman Birnberg’s remarks—“A contested election? In Texas?…In Harris County? No… Could never happen. Four years ago being a delegate was a nice few days in Boston. You could go to the parties and load up on the goody bags. Who imagined being a delegate could matter? Who figured an election could really count? It never occurred to anybody that average people might want to be involved.”     

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Texas | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Obama & Noriega Seem More Organic Than Sanchez & Kirk In 2002

On Texas Primary Day, March 4, I’ll be voting for Barack Obama for President and Rick Noriega for the U.S. Senate.

( Please click here for a Texas Liberal History of the Texas Primary.)

Mr. Obama is black and Mr. Noriega is Hispanic.

Six years ago, Texas Democrats tried what was essentially a stunt by running Tony Sanchez for Governor and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, a black man, for the U.S. Senate.

It was a “dream team” or a “dream ticket.” It was going to bring a surge in minority turnout.


(Below is a print from the Civil War era called “The Soldier’s Dream of Home.”)

Now I have no problem with stunts. Look at the guy of the motorcycle in the picture—Good for him. He has drawn a crowd and I presume he is getting a check for that act. That sure makes him smarter than many bloggers.

Everybody needs an act to get by in this world.   

But Mr. Sanchez was a terrible candidate and Mr. Kirk was a total insider.  The idea that these men were going to bring out a larger minority turnout was pretty much a non-starter.

Six years later we again have the prospect of an all-minority top of the ticket in Texas. (Though of course here in Texas, land of John Wayne and all that, it is white folks who are in the minority.)  

This time around, the possible multi-racial combination at the top of the ticket has a more genuine feel.

For one thing, it’s a chance meeting. It is not a ticket cooked up in the backrooms. ( You’re telling me Mr. Obama still must win the nomination? Oh! Keep your fussy Felix Unger detail-orientated thinking away from the abstractions I hawk in this blog!)

For another thing, Mr. Obama seems to have tapped into a real feeling that we can have something more in this country than Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.

Mr. Noriega also seems like real progress for Texas. He is as progressive a candidates we are going to see running for the Senate from Texas, and he combines his strong positions on issues with military service abroad.  

As for counting on Anglo urban “liberals” to value positive change more than they value order, and counting on minority turnout to bring home an election victory…..Yep–We are indeed thinking big in Texas for 2008.

(From a web profile of Martin Luther KingIt was not clear how SCLC and King could move from their civil rights work in the South to addressing the economic problems of poverty in the North and elsewhere. In 1966, King undertook a Campaign to End Slums in Chicago. After nine months the campaign ended in failure. King discovered the liberal consensus on race relations stopped short of fundamental economic change.)

(Please click here for the Texas Liberal Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List.)

Below is a picture of an organic farm. That’s nice. I’d like some crops from that field in my salad. This is how I see Obama and Noriega. 

Now look at this remote factory farm. It’s an alien landscape sucking up all our water. This reminds me of the soulless Sanchez and Kirk team from 2002. 

A simplification you say? Hey—That’s politics.  

Texas Liberal is leading the way in political history blogging in 2008.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Martin & Malcolm, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments