Obama Wants To Take The Super Out Of Superdelegates

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Super Delegates!!!

After the nonsense this primary season, I can understand why Democrats across the board would want to diminish the importance of these folks.

From Wash Post:

Barack Obama’s campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during the long battle between Obama and Hillary Clinton. [...]

The proposed changes grow out of discussions between Obama’s campaign team, officials at the Democratic National Committee and representatives of Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign, Plouffe said. [...]

“The number of super delegates has gotten too large in relation to overall delegates,” Plouffe said. “We want to give more control back to the voters…. Everyone thinks there ought to be more weight given to the results of the elections.”

Also, this new commission will be looking at changing up the primary schedule, although it doesn’t look likely that Iowa or New Hampshire will be moved around…

The other significant change is the call to redraw the primary and caucus calendar. The 2008 calendar drew significant criticism both for the early starting dates for the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, and also because there were so many states crowded into the first month of what turned out to be a five-month campaign.

As envisioned by the Obama and Clinton campaigns, most contests could not be held before March, except for a handful of states authorized to go earlier — presumably in February rather than January.

I think these are all good changes, but I wish they’d mix up the primary calendar A LOT more. Give other states a chance to go first instead of Iowa and New Hampshire.

What do you think?


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One Response to “Obama Wants To Take The Super Out Of Superdelegates”

  1. Jim S Says:

    I like the ideas concerning groups of states that would rotate who would go first as some have proposed. And reducing the superdelegate count is a good idea.

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