So, the more I read about these supposed "superdelegates", the more I consider the entire system a load of crap.
Everyone is talking about the Democratic party nomination coming down to the superdelegates, but all the while working under the assumption that the average working class American citizen actually knows what the fuck a superdelegate is.
I had no idea. In fact, no one I talked to really had any definitive answer for me because they were fuzzy on the details. I did what every college-educated person would do when confronted with something they didn't know-- I looked it up. I looked at a bunch of places, but I think Wikipedia (as terrible as it is) breaks it down the best for the common layperson to understand what the fuck the system is. The only thing they don't really go into is why on earth we have such a crappy system in place. Like the electoral college, I am under the assumption that it should be done away with. Surprisingly enough, such a stupid system has only been in place since 1980! Why on earth do we have it?
So, for those of you (like me) who have no idea what it is, I will help you understand because I did research it a bit for my own understanding.
- Superdelegates really only refer to those in the Democratic party. Rebublicans have a different system and call them something else.
- Superdelegates make up about 1/5 of the total number of delegates.
- Basically, the superdelegate rule was put in place in 1980 because some people believed that politicians didn't have enough power in selecting the president (no fucking shit, sherlock, the American PEOPLE should be deciding, not the politicians!)
- "Superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention include all Democratic members of the United States Congress, Democratic governors, various additional elected officials, members of the Democratic National Committee, as well as "all former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee." There is an exception, however, for otherwise qualified individuals who endorse another party’s candidate for President; they lose their superdelegate status. In 2008, Senator Joe Lieberman was disqualified as a superdelegate because he endorsed Republican John McCain." (Wikipedia)
- This process has been under attack for being undemocratic (absolutely agree with this).
- Basically, 20% of the delegates will be voting for the presidential nominee.
- Superdelegates have NO RESPONSIBILITY to vote for the candidate that is chosen by the popular vote. They are selected without any regard to what candidate they favor.
I hope that this helped those of you, like me, had no idea what the superdelegates were and what their part will be in the outcome of this presidential race. Please let me answer any questions you have as well.
For those who want to sign the online petition and feel strongly against the superdelegate process, I found it and signed it myself. This seems to be a completely undemocratic process and the few should not be voting for the many. Here is the link to the petition: http://nosuperdelegates.org/