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Hey Kossacks,

Yesterday, Chris Bowers postedabout the Superdelegate Transparency Project. That's an incredibly important campaign to shine light onto the superdelegates and the working of the nominating process.

But, we here at DFA want to take this a step further. Our position is very simple.

If super-delegates don't like who you choose to be our nominee, they can overturn your vote. We can't let that happen. Our nominee must be chosen by Democratic voters not by back room deals of the party elite.

The first step in our campaign is to add your name to our call to action:

There's a whole lot more if you follow me below the fold.

Yesterday, I sent out a message to DFA members explaining why we're running our superdelegate campaign.

This is an unprecedented year. Thirty-seven states and U.S. territories have already voted and we don't have a clear nominee. Senators Clinton and Obama are in a delegate race to the nomination.

There are a lot of ways that delegates get assigned to a specific candidate, but almost all of the allocated delegates are directly tied and bound by the actual votes in each primary or caucus -- all of them that is, except super-delegates.

Super-delegates are a contingent of almost 900 elected officials, party insiders, and current DNC members and they aren't required to follow the voters. In fact, after every Democrat has voted and the last allocated delegates are assigned, super-delegates have the power to overturn the popular vote and crown a different winner.

That's right, if super-delegates don't like who you choose to be our nominee, they can overturn your vote. We can't let that happen. Our nominee must be chosen by Democratic voters, not by back room deals of the party elite. Sign our petition now to let the voters decide:

We must respect the 20 million Democrats who have already voted and the millions more who will vote before the convention. It's up to us to make sure the almost 900 super-delegates do the right thing.

Sign the petition today and we'll deliver all of the signatures directly to super-delegates.

And this is just the beginning of our campaign to let the voters decide. The longer it takes to win, the more we'll escalate the campaign. We'll write letters, make calls, and hold media events. Because when it comes to protecting the will of Democratic primary voters, DFA members know exactly where we stand.

Thank you for taking action today.

On Wednesday February 27th, we'll be delivering the collected signatures to superdelegates across the country.

Look for more updates in the days and weeks ahead from myself or our Field Director, Ilya Sheyman. We're going to continue to ramp up this campaign until DC Insiders and Party operatives announce that they'll respect your vote.

Originally posted to Charles Chamberlain on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 06:41 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Let’s make sure the voter decide this elec (14+ / 0-)

    As of 9:45am today, 22,959 people have signed the petition.

    Imagine delivering a hug box of signatures to some of the super-delegates...

    Get active and take action! Join Democracy for America at

    by Charles Chamberlain on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 06:40:27 AM PST

  •  Deliveries (4+ / 0-)

    The grassroots elected the DNC chair, we started the 50 state strategy, now let's make sure DC insiders don't decide our next election.

  •  Super-delegates- Destruction of the Dem. Party (2+ / 0-)
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    loree920, NogodsnomastersMary

    HRC has decided on a scorched earth policy to get the nomination. The Dem. party's future and the Gen. Election be damned!
    It's all about the super-delegates, not the primaries and caucuses. Question is, will the Dem. party insiders go along with this???

    This from the Boston Globe:

    Clinton counts on superdelegates
    Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor February 13, 2008 04:26 PM

    By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff

    WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote, but persuades enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention, her campaign advisers say.

    The New York senator, who lost three primaries Tuesday night, now lags slightly behind her rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, in the delegate count. She is even further behind in "pledged'' delegates, those assigned by virtue of primaries and caucuses.

    But Clinton will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson.

    And this from the NY Times:

    "With every delegate precious, Mrs. Clinton’s advisers also made it clear that they were prepared to take a number of potentially incendiary steps to build up Mrs. Clinton’s count. Top among these, her aides said, is pressing for Democrats to seat the disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan, who held their primaries in January in defiance of Democratic Party rules."

    All of this is a recipe for disaster for the Dem. party and the fall election. A Clinton nomination by party bosses would destroy the party and guarantee Republican dominance for a generation.

    •  If the superdelegates decide this... (3+ / 0-)

      ...then I'm leaving the Democratic Party and going independent.  I know several others - lifelong Democrats, and a couple that will face political consequences (they are employed by elected officials) - that are going to jump ship too if this is the case.  If the SD's swing this, it will be the party saying, "You don't matter."

  •  Small And Large D Democracy (2+ / 0-)
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    WhyWhat, NogodsnomastersMary

    Let's keep the democratic in the Democratic Party!  

    If the convention genuinely splits and goes for multiple ballots, that's one thing, because people will see their representatives honestly grappling with the problem in an open and transparent process.  But grabbing the nomination in a back room will throw away an election we should win, no matter who gets the nomination.  

  •  Super Delegates (2+ / 0-)

    If they try to overrule the elected delegates, then we shoud gather in Denver in August and let them know first hand how we feel.

  •  Thank God for DFA (5+ / 0-)

    Truly standing up for Democracy and not the version of it these elites would wish upon us.

  •  About the superdelegates... (1+ / 0-)
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    I have a post up on my blog, Orient Lodge about researching the Superdelegates.  Rick Klau has set up a great site, where you can find out, and share, information about the superdelegates.

  •  Thanks for posting this here (1+ / 0-)
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    The grassroots matter and we need to continue to show the "insiders" that we have a voice.  And, while we are in a DFA thread, I'd like to take this opportunity to let others know how to become a grassroots activist.  Attend a DFA training in a city near you this spring/summer.  Learn how to organize, we are seeing how the grassroots can make a difference.

    "Hope is that thing inside us that insists...that something better awaits us if we have the courage to fight for it." --Barack Obama

    by loree920 on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 07:14:56 AM PST

  •  Get a clue people (0+ / 0-)

    The SD's are a firewall for the Democratic Party.So the party could shortcut a nominee that could lose the general. That is their purpose in life. Get used to it! So if it is close during the convention I can see the sd's making Hillary the nominee. I see diary after diary about how fucking great St obama is. You bunch of obamabots are shitting your pants about this. I'll call the waaaambulance for you. Cause you all sound like a baby who's favorite toy has been broken. Hey don't forget to loudly exclaim that you will not vote unless its for St obama. Hope you like Pres.McCain  

    Like Harry Reid? .. put him in the White House Vote Obama

    by artr2 on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 07:35:44 AM PST

    •  HRC or BO (0+ / 0-)

      This isn't about Sen. Clinton or Obama. Either one will make a great Democratic President.

      It's about our nominee and who we are as a party. Do we believe that voters across the country should decide the nominee, or a group of insiders in DC.

      At the end of the day, whoever goes into the convention with more popularly selected delegates, should be the nominee.

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