Dean: Superdelegates Must Decide Now
DNC chairman Howard Dean is tired of the democratic process and wants the superdelegates to decide who the Democratic nominee will be now.
An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for — and “I need them to say who they’re for starting now.” “We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”
Why? There’s a primary schedule. It has yet to conclude.
The most significant of the early contests, which got incredible amounts of media attention, were in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Those states awarded 57, 30, and 54 delegates, respectively.
Next Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary has 188 delegates at stake. That’s followed on May 6 with Indiana (84) and North Carolina (134); May 13 with West Virginia (39); May 20 with Kentucky (60) and Oregon (65); and June 1 with Puerto Rico (63). All those states (and territory) award more delegates than New Hampshire and all but West Virginia award more than Iowa.
What’s so all-fired important that it can’t wait for six weeks?
Barack Obama is ahead of Hillary Clinton, 1644 delegates to 1498. The eventual nominee will need 2,025 delegates. Someone will be much closer to that number six weeks from now. So, what’s the hurry? It’s not as if the Democratic nominating electorate has expressed an overwhelming preference for one candidate and the other is just a nuisance, as Mike Huckabee was toward the end of his run.
Surely, the people of the remaining states deserve a chance to weigh in? Most of them will be competitive in the fall and Oregon is a key Democratic state. If Dean’s goal is to make sure Democratic partisans think the outcome is fair, what could be better than letting the process take its course?
And, isn’t this position ironic from a man who famously vowed, after being defeated in the Iowa Caucuses, “Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York … And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we’re going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! BYAW!!!”