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  •  There are a couple of workarounds to this (7+ / 0-)

    If we decided that we want to have party leaders on the floor at the convention without requiring them to run on a delegate slate for a particular candidate, we could accomplish that in a couple of ways:

    1. Superdelegates are required to vote for any candidate who receives an outright majority (not a plurality) of pledged delegates, or.
    1. Superdelegates do not count on the first ballot for the nomination.  They may vote on any second, third, etc. ballots, as well as on any and all procedural issues.

    (Note that these are really two different versions of the same thing).

    Barack Obama. Because we can do better.

    by poblano on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 02:16:36 AM PST

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    •  Indeed (2+ / 0-)
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      Land of Enchantment, zackamac

      These both seem like useful ways to reframe the Superdelegates' role.  I also think that the number of DNC Superdelegates needs to be sharply reduced.  I suppose it would be okay for the State Party chairs and the national DNC leadership to get seats, but it's absurd that there are several hundred essentially anonymous DNC members who get automatic bids.

      My understanding is that after 1988, the number of DNC superdelegates was supposed to be reduced as a result of an agreement between the Dukakis and Jackson camps, but that, after a commission approved that change, the DNC then voted to amend the commission's conclusions by reinstating themselves.

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