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For Superdelegates, a Dinner with Clinton

By Anne E. Kornblut
New campaign finance laws may mean there's no more free lunch in Washington. But if you're an uncommitted superdelegate, you can get a free(-ish) dinner at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's house in Kalorama tonight. Members of the elite -- and increasingly sought-after -- superdelegate universe are gathering at her home around 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., according to one Democratic aide. Unaligned Democratic members of the U.S. House and their spouses were invited, the aide said.

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Posted by: avtofromusat | April 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Go away Hillary, Go awy Bill, Someone please tell the Clintons to get lost. Now I am wondering what I ever liked about Bill.

Posted by: paula | April 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Grerrybraig | April 15, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

what is it with people who are so afraid? should Barack have dropped out in the beginning because Hillary had the appearance of being the front runner? are these Dems afraid that a spirited campaign will give us a chance to see how candidates respond to real challenge? do they really think that the party cannot rally around the nominee; that the more people see of McCane, the more they will like him or his politics; that democratic politics is a nicey nicey tidy game where everyone just wants to get along and submerge their own interests?

Posted by: mac-holmes | March 17, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are very low and blind by their comments, they just like to practice self satisfaction, they will say he is uniter if Obama did same thing. Obama supporters are naive and inexperienced youngsters, they don't know what they are talking about, only had negative and nasty attitude. Obama is prematured for Presidential candidate, he needs the job training in IL as Governor or Preacher in black church because he got 80-90% black votes, go save their eternal lives.

Posted by: kreisch | March 14, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Although this was originally written (just moments ago) as a response to a posts on Politico.com, I thought I would submit it under this thread as an "open letter" to all of the "Super Delegates" out there, including those who choose to call themselves "Alternate Delegates". I hope that they will take their responsibility to this country more seriously than they will their supposed responsibility to any political party or candidate. Their vote in this nomination battle is much biger than themselves or the whole of the DNC (which didn't even exist when our nation was born and our Constitution was adopted). Regardless of which candidate has the greatest number of delegates (those voted for by the American people during the various primaries and caucuses across this great country) after the last primary is concluded should get the vote of each and every "Super Delegate" and may the DNC have the wisdom and courage to do away with this system that threatens to further divide this country and destroy their own political party:


You know, our Founding Fathers and the authors of our Constitution did a pretty darned good job of setting up this government of ours. Don't blame them for the fact that we have been able to mess it up pretty good in spite of their best efforts. I don't know about smell tests, but nothing in our system of "democracy" which is actually a "deomocratic republic" was ever set up to be dominated by the "popular vote". In fact, those ingenious men who wrote that marvelous document that is our Constitution actualy went out of their way to prevent a set up where a simple majority of the popular vote could control the other 49.999% of us, and it was wise of them to do so. States that have larger populations are definitely given greater weight in national elections (Primary or General) by virtue of larger numbers of delegates in the Primaries and larger numbers of Electoral Votes in the General Elections. They are also given the advantage of having a greater number of Representatives in the House of Representatives (which I might remind you is the "lower house" of our bicameral legislature); while on the other hand, all states have ben granted equal representations (2 Senators) in the Senate (the "upper house" of Congress). This decision was one of the greatest struggles for the Constitutional Convention to reach agreement on, and our bicameral Congress was the resulting compromise that allowed that convention to succeed in drafting a Constitution that all of the "colonies" could agree upon and ratify. So,hopefully, you can see that popular vote is not (and never really has been) the criteria for making major decisions conerning who governs this country and how we are governed (we'll skip all the facts about "cloture" and overriding a Presidential veto, ratifying treaties and Amendments to the Constitution and such which also require more than a simple majority vote).

The established method for deciding elections in this country is based upon receiving the greter number of delegates or members of the electoral college. California, New York, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersy, Massachusettes, etc. have far more delegates assigned to them than many of the smaller states in this country, and that gives them an advantage that they can enjoy and take full advantage of. Hillary Clinton has run a campaign based on focussing the majority of her attention on winning these larger states in order to get "more bang for her buck", but with the lead that Senator Obama has been able to build and maintain in the delegate count, despite Clinton's effort to override the will of the American Electorate by wooing the "Super Delegates" which most certainly have Jefferson and Madison rolling over in their graves, this is proving to be a FAILED STRATEGY. Perhaps this (along with her financial mismanagement of her campaign and her campaign's inability to maintain any stability or run a clean and positive campaign) would give most voters just cause to vote for someone who has DEMONSTRATED better leadership during this campaign for the Democratic nomination. Barack Obama leads in the delgate count; which is all that REALLY matters, but he has also won more votes and he currently leads in the popular vote to boot. Any attempt by the DNC to "give" the nomination to Hillary Clinton without her legally (under the rules) winning a greater number of delegates voted on by normal voters from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will be a "stolen election" and a disgrace to the Constitution of the United States. This should be the understanding of all American's whether it supports the candidte you want to win or not and regardless of your own personal opinion. We have rules and laws in this country for a reason. George W Bush has done more than enough during his administration to circumvent the "rule of law" and gut the Constitution (most notably the Bill of Rights), and we do not need to have the DNC do any further damage to the Constitution which gave birth to and sustains this nation in good times and in bad - certainly not for political expediency to help any one candidate or the supporters of any one candidate for political office.

Posted by: diksagev | March 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

As usual the obama camp are falling short again with any new "news". The best thing for us to do. IS SEND COPIES OF ALL OF YOUR STATEMENTS TO OBAMA. He could add them to his campaign speeches. I think it would strenghten his caricature and present a more favorable impression. Then all of us that still have questions would be able to see the complete picture you are giving us.

Posted by: wakeupamerica | March 13, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Presumably these are the superdelegates to whom Obama has NOT already contributed nearly $700,000. Of course, his donations were only altruistic and had nothing to do with buying their allegiance.

Posted by: darlenedeminSoCal | March 13, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I believe the best thing that Hillary can do to silence the haters, both democrats and republicans is to bail and start the (FWP) Feminist Workers Party and throw the whole contest into a tizzy. There is no love from the democrats and only hate coming from Obamaniacs and McCainiacs. I am proud to be called a Clintonista. Go Hillary!

Posted by: crenshawmerchants1 | March 13, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's serving dinner to the Super Delegates to try and convince them that Bill is not going to go after the interns that will be there if she's elected.

Come on Hill, you know Bill can't help but to ride dirty. That's his nature and he's not going to change.

Not to worry folks, there's already a group of thousands of black voters here in Florida who will not be voting for Hillary under any circumstances.

Posted by: msflhonesty | March 13, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Gosh - you don't suppose she might actually want to hear what they have to say about issues affecting these people's constituents and what might be best for the Democratic party in the 2008 General Election. What a notion - that it might not actually be about her.

Posted by: pan230oh | March 13, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is that a large number of voters Have supported Hillary and the Clinton scandalous family. Not more than the main man, Obama, of course, but enough folks to keep this crazy campaign going. Texas, Ohio, and now Penn....??? Encourage your neighbors in Penn and the remaining states to vote Obama. That's what will shut down the ridiculous dinner invites, the lies, the cheap shots, and ...all that PORK!

Write your congressfolks and even the superdelegates to let them know what is what. If they vote against the people's will, they will not get reseated. Plain and simple. America needs to stand up.

Posted by: calcova | March 13, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is the devil incarnate!

Posted by: arthurgowran | March 13, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

And on the Menu:

PORK!

The other White Meat! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 13, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Must have been catered...since she clearly has no place to wash dishes.

HRC - GO HOME!

Your 'dog-whistle, divide the democratic party along racial lines, win at ANY cost, Katie Couric 'it will be me' arrogance, voted for the war, annoying laugh, non-denouncing or rejecting Geraldine's ridiculous comments, totally embelished foreign policy experience, refusing to appologize for only voting for Bush's authorization to get the country into this mess so you could pretend to be tough, leaking Kenyan Obama photos, pretending you either want to or even are in a position to offer the vice presidency, annoyingly bright colored pant suited campaign IS OVER!

Stand down and please, please tell Maggie to go away with you!

Posted by: dab23 | March 13, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Where are the nice, kind Americans anymore? Why can't we disagree and not be so disagreeable? I wish we could follow the Golden Rule of treating other persons as we would like to be treated. This is a simple message but it would make this a better world if we took it to heart. I bet if we met any of the candidates we would like them and be happy to call them friends.

Posted by: roseschisler1 | March 13, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This is from Buzzflash.com

'Senator Clinton Tries Something She, Like Bush, is Not Used to Doing, Apologizing.

But Read It Closely. She Even Has Adopted the Republican Non-Apology Apology.

This is the Senator "Apologizing" for Bill Clinton's South Carolina Racially-charged Remarks: ""I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive," Hillary Clinton said. "We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama."

One, She Didn't Apologize for the Remarks; She Did What Trent Lott and Other GOPers Have Done:
Apologized if the Remarks "Offended" Anyone Putting the Onus on Anyone Offended.

Two, She Framed the Faux Apology in the Same Way Bill Originally Made It Racially Charged, by Pairing Obama with Jackson and Ignoring that Bill Clinton Won the South Carolina Primary After Jackson, As Did Other White Males.

This is Called Keeping the Issue Alive Under the Guise of Appearing to, but Not Actually, Regretting It.

Oh Yeah, at About the Same Time Keith Olbermann was Trashing the Senator for Her Descent Into the Lee Atwater Gutter of Racial Politics, She FINALLY "Repudiated" Ferraro after a Long Period of Vaguely But Not Definitively Distancing Herself from the Remarks.

In Short, She Kept the Archie Bunker Atwater Strategy Alive While Appearing to Regret if Anyone Misinterpreted Things. No, Senator Clinton, You, I and Your Staff Know Exactly What is Going on, As do a Large Number of Even the Mainstream Press Nowadays.

You're out of the Closet on Race Now, And No One Expects for You to Drop the Baiting in PA, Since it Appeals to Many in Your Core Constituency There.'

This is almost as bad as Clinton's support for children killing cluster bombs, which was rejected by Obama.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 13, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Ha... the funny thing is, no matter how many dinners she throws, it ain't working. She's down to a 37 super-delegate lead out of 500+ SDs already committed whereas she once more than doubled Obama's #s; and there is still a LOT of uncommitted SDs that I am sure will weigh in in favor of the popular vote should the Hillraiser (her own term - dork) drag this out all the way to the convention.

Posted by: jencm | March 13, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

At least Clinton will be satisfied that she is leading by double-digits in two new Pennsylvania polls released this morning: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/03/clinton-up-double-digits-in-pa-where.html

Posted by: campaigndiaries | March 13, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

An honest, forthright Superdelegate would not attend - it's more closed door politics and spin from the Clintons.

Posted by: lexi1 | March 13, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Silda Spitzer for President. Now she has the same level of experience as Hillary Clinton. Ha ha ha. shove it clinties!

Posted by: maricopajoe | March 13, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Good for Hillary - Would someone please tell me why the black Americans would vote for Obama who has done nothing for Civil Rights - He wouldn't even attend the The State Of the Black Union in New Orleans?

Posted by: donna.richardson | March 13, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Dinner at the Clintons...it'll either be interesting or the height of boorishness. I wonder if they'll play spin the bottle later and Bill will get wasted and put a lampshade on his head or reach for his box of cigars.

Posted by: cmsatown | March 13, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign has won 18 contests by 60 percent or more. Clinton has won one by 60 percent or more - Arkansas. If I were a superdelegate, this would clinch my declaration for Obama now!

Posted by: pete | March 13, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

There really should be a Fox News style of channel not just for 'Bush Conservatives' but for every single type of political derivation. That way, people would never everhave to ever look at any articles that didn't portray their favored candidate/leader in a golden light.

But until that glorious day comes, I guess we'll just have to hear ever more crazy 'conspiracy lite' theories about media mistreatment.

Its a four sentence post about a Clinton dinner for superdelegates.

Get over it.

Posted by: perryair | March 13, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh good grief. Can someone please tell Hillary that recess is over, its time to get back to the candidates illustrating their leadership skills and abilities?

We're trying to elect a PRESIDENT, here, Hill! Either stop interfering in that process or show us that you are capable of participating.

I really wish the media would boycott all this nonsense so we can interview these candidates properly. Sigh...

Posted by: mishte | March 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's whole campaign is about her (so called)experiences. She is attempting to steal this nomination and if successful how could she possibly match up to McCain?

Obama is about leadership and judgement. He has showed good judgment and his leadership skills are reflected in how his campaign is being run. It's time the Democratic Leaders to tell her to bow out before she blows the chances for a White House win.

Posted by: kclemons | March 13, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

GET USED TO IT!

HILLARY IS A MONSTER

She's a "political suicide-bomber" who will destroy both her party and her country in order to get "elected".

Posted by: kevinlarmee | March 13, 2008 02:22 AM

I TOTALLY CONCUR, SHE WANTS TO ENSURE THAT OBAMA WON'T WIN IN NOVEMBER SO SHE COULD HAVE ANOTHER BID IN 2012, ITS SINISTER MY FRIENDS VERY CLINTONIAN

Posted by: jsu4193k | March 13, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

TO ALL SUPERDELEGATES

Read these two links and make sure you do - the future of the Democratic Party depends on it. Now is NOT the time for paralysis:

www.alternet.org/election08/79506/
www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Posted by: JayKay2 | March 13, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I hope they do exactly what everyone else but the Govenor of Pennsylvia. I was about 7 of then and they are Superdelegates and Bill wanted to speak to them all together. At the end they said we really enjoyed meeting you and loved you speach, however will wont be making any decision until we met directly with the 2 Candidates.

They were all undesided and said they would continue to wait and see what happens and not make a rush to judgement.

Posted by: MsRita | March 13, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

ah yes, and this is from the candidate "of, from, and for the middleclass."

but who knows, maybe after this election millions of American boys and girls will grow up wanting to be superdelegates...

Posted by: leftcoastsportsbabe | March 13, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey not to worry...if Hillary is the nominee she will never get elected. If she somehow manages to steal this nomination...no Obama supporter would vote for her. So McCain wins. Oh and yes Miss Hillary needs Obama's supporters and she knows it. I for one will not vote if she does this.

Posted by: Webster51 | March 13, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

GET USED TO IT!

HILLARY IS A MONSTER

She's a "political suicide-bomber" who will destroy both her party and her country in order to get "elected".

Posted by: kevinlarmee | March 13, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Clintonistas. We're still reading news about the democratic primary when dems should be rallying around the frontrunner and challenging John McCain. I guess I'm not surprised to see that the Clintons are ready to mortgage the future of the democratic party just to get Hillary a bid in 2012. Just wish the rest of the democratic party wasn't so gullible as to fall for it.

Posted by: maq1 | March 13, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Another stupid non-article by the Washington Post.

Posted by: jcmdstep1 | March 12, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Ann, I have been watching your snide commentaries and superior attitude in your little appearances in MSNBC and totally agree that we need to send you once more to Journalism class. For someone with such an attitude, one would expect some classy and sound reports, but you fail miserably!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 12, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Does this include a BJ for Bill?

Posted by: tlkraft5 | March 12, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons have probably used their piggy banks to buy a couple of votes...

The Clinton foundation received recently a $31.3 million donation after Bill expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader's, undercuting both American
foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan's poor human rights:

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31donor.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

In january 2008, the Clintons received $20 million from business deals with Dubai in the Middle East:

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/22/bill-clinton-severs-ties-_n_82616.html

Posted by: Logan6 | March 12, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a Spinner Dinner. Any rumors of subliminal messages being piped in (vote for Hillary...hillary...hillllaaarrryyy)are purely (hillary...hill..)
Geraldine, is that you?

Posted by: stburke40 | March 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, let the Clintons entertain everyone, remind them of any favors Bill gave them in the past (such as pardons, corporate donations, real estate transactions) and, of course, be reminded that Hillary is entitled to the presidency, that she will gladly ask Obama to be VP (knowing he'd decline), and basically contribute even more mischief that no matter what the final outcome will set the party back decades. Ah, yes, I'd love nothing more than to break bread with the Clintons, listen to their concept of important things like, say, ethics...winning at all costs...how to not have a winning or well managed campaign... how to excel at playing victim while victimizing... I wonder if Monica will be there bartending?

Posted by: robertoalberto | March 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It's a Spinner Dinner. Any rumors of subliminal messages being piped in (vote for Hillary...hillary...hillllaaarrryyy)are purely (hillary...hill..)

Posted by: stburke40 | March 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

This looks like a rumor in search of a blog.

Posted by: phyto0716 | March 12, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a Spinner Dinner. Any rumors of subliminal messages being piped in (vote for Hillary...hillary...hillllaaarrryyy)are purely (hillary...hill..)

Posted by: stburke40 | March 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

It's a Spinner Dinner. Any rumors of subliminal messages being piped in (vote for Hillary...hillary...hillllaaarrryyy)are purely (hillary...hill..)

Posted by: stburke40 | March 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, let the Clintons entertain everyone, remind them of any favors Bill gave them in the past (such as pardons, corporate donations, real estate transactions) and, of course, be reminded that Hillary is entitled to the presidency, that she will gladly ask Obama to be VP (knowing he'd decline), and basically contribute even more mischief that no matter what the final outcome will set the party back decades. Ah, yes, I'd love nothing more than to break bread with the Clintons, listen to their concept of important things like, say, ethics...winning at all costs...how to not have a winning or well managed campaign... how to excel at playing victim while victimizing... I wonder if Monica will be there bartending?

Posted by: robertoalberto | March 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Free-ish. It's like a free weekend if you listen to a high pressure sales pitch for a time share.

I hope the invited superdelegates take the opportunity to tell Hilary that she should pull out of the race and end the Drama.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 12, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I see. So isn't that totally out of line and unprofessional for a journalist to include in a news report?
I think she should save this crap for her catty little sneer fests with her buddies and not type it on the Washington Post web page and pretend it's news.

Posted by: zukermand | March 12, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

zukermand, I guess it is supposed to mean that your grub is free, but you better vote for me type of dinner. (Thus how free is it really?)

Posted by: davidmwe | March 12, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"you can get a free(-ish) dinner"
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What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Posted by: zukermand | March 12, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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