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DNC Chair Wants Superdelegates to Make Up Their Minds - 'Now'

By Anne E. Kornblut
Howard Dean has a message to the superdelegates: Hurry up.

"We've got to know who our nominee is," Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN. "I need them to say who they're for, starting now."

Dean has said he expects to wrap the protracted process up by July 1, following the last primary contests on June 3, in order to avoid a floor fight at the national convention in Denver in August. But he has very little leverage with the 300 or so superdelegates who are apparently sitting on the fence.

Dean said about 65 percent of the superdelegates -- party officials who are free to make up their minds, and whose votes will be added to the pledged delegates chosen by primary and caucus states -- are committed.

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OBAMA HAS SHOWN HIS TRUE CHARATER AND IT'S FLAWED,WEAK,AND DISLOYAL. CHANGE WILL NOT HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON JUST BECAUSE HE'S NOMINATED. HE MUST BE ABLE TO BEAT MCCAIN. HE CANN'T. WE ARE LIFE LONG DEMS READY TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN IF THE NOMINATION IS THROWN AWAY ON OBAMA . HILLARY HAS BEEN LOYAL TO AMERICA,AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. SERVICE TO OUR NATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS DESERVES THE RESPECT OF THE SUPERDELEGATES AND THE REST OF THE MISGUIDED DEMOCRATES WHO ARE LIVING ON FALSE HOPE. I'M A FLORIDA RESIDENT, FLORIDAS VOTES WON'T COUNT UNLESS HILLARY CLINTON WINS THE NOMINATION, SOMEONE PLEASE VOTE FOR HILLARY FOR ME! DON'T FORCE MILLIONS OF DEMS TO VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS FALL! VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON TODAY!

Posted by: geri roman | April 20, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

To whatmeregister (above)--You've got your facts wrong: Neither former Senator Boren nor former Senator Nunn is a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention this year. They are influential; they do have expertise and a lot of relevant experience,
though.

Posted by: Clyde McDowell, RN, BSN | April 19, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

THE UNCOMMITTED SUPERDELEGATES WOULD HAVE THEIR PREFERENCE BY NOW, SO WHY PROLONG THE AGONY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PARTY? UNLESS, OF COURSE, THEY ARE ONLY THINKING OF THEIR OWN SELFISH NEEDS INSTEAD OF THE PARTY'S. THEY CAN NOT BE THAT DUMB FOR THEM TO TAKE AGES TO DECIDE, GIVEN THE FACTS AND THE TREND TO MAKE THEIR INFORMED DECISION ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE. IF THEY ARE FOR CLINTON OR OBAMA MAKE THEIR ENDORSEMENT NOW KNOWN FOR THEIR PREFERED CANDIDATE FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY'S SURVIVAL. TIME IS THE ESSENCE. THEY MUST ACT DECISIVELY NOW! THEY SHOULD NOT LET MCCAIN HAVE A FREE REIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

Posted by: mapdren | April 18, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The superdels really need to hurry up before the Clinton's negative campaigning robs the Dems of a chance at the white house.

Posted by: Barack DOT Obama AT whitehouse DOT gov | April 18, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Howling Dean first penalizes Floriduh nad Missedchigan, because they dared to move up their Primaries to have some significance.

Now the Mono-Eyed Fool(Hey, they are close together!), wants to usurp the Latest States their Rightful place as Decision Makers.

Pennsylvania, and all the Others yet to vote-Take NOTE;

The Dimocrat Socialists DO NOT want YOUR Votes to count EITHER!

Way to GO HOWLING DEAN!

YEEeeeaaaaAAAAAAHHHHHHH! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 18, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of critical people on this blog, but the process has been complicated because this is an extremely close race. Dean came out on this because of the debate debacle, I'm sure. But running interference before now would have made him look like he was pushing one canidate over another. He has NOT done the best job in guiding the process, but this is an unprecedented event, having a name-brand democrat run against a change candidate that is extremely popular. I know it's difficult, but democrats, lets maintain faith in the party. McCain is growing in popularity because people do not know a lot about him. Just like lifting the living room rug, Americans will see all of his dirt soon enough.

Posted by: Julie | April 18, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I think that they need to push up the rest of the primaries and caucus' and then they Dean can tell the superdelegates to decide. I'd rather it end quicker, but I think you have to give places like Indiana their due

BTW, I'm from Boston

Posted by: Danny | April 18, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Howard Dean should be replaced ASAP!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If they end this primary prematurely, many democrats and independents will feel cheated and vote for McCain in the GE. Factor in the MI and FL fiasco and we are headed for disaster. Dean should be sacked.

Posted by: Marty | April 18, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama just got two more superdelegates: Former U.S. senators Sam Nunn and David Boren. I don't know a lot about Boren, but I've always respected Nunn's defense and foreign policy expertise, and to me this his endorsement is a major win for Obama. It should nudge other superdelegates to his camp.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 18, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama takes the high road, Clinton takes the low road and he'll take the convention and the White House. The country is in the sh*t hole and Hillary and McCain share responsibility for the mess. We need someone with clean hands. Someone who is free of culture war scars, someone who wants to lead and govern, not fight and divide.

End the Drama, Vote Obama!

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 18, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Chairman Dean has been pathetic as a leader of the Democrat Party. Let the process play out. I am disappointed in the party and media in loading on Sen. Clinton. I can't imagine voting for Sen. Obama who has so little experience and cut his teeth on Chicago politics.

Posted by: wmbrandon | April 18, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party needs to wait until all the primaries are over. This race is too closed. The superdelegates should not be intimidated by Howard Dean. I support Senator Hillary Clinton. She is a fighter. Vote for the strongest candidate. Vote for Senator Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Maria | April 18, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see John Edwards last night on The Colbert Report?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This protracted process is going to hurt the Dems as it makes them look unorganized and divided. McCain gets to rest and rally his troops and define his candidacy.

Posted by: mike | April 18, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Everyone agrees the Dem Super Delegates should be "committed".

Its just that most Americans think they should be "committed" to the nut house.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Dean is right. The only reason these people are hanging on is that they want to be sure they pick the winning side, and to trade their vote for the maximum possible career advancement.

The super-delegates who are waiting the longest (except those whose states haven't voted yet, who have an excuse for waiting) are the most unprincipled and selfish ones, in it for themselves.

I hope that, whoever they nominate, these careerists who are dragging this out for their own benefit at the party's cost will get no reward for it.

Nobody gets medals for rallying to the colors AFTER the battle has been fought.

Posted by: OD | April 18, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Why is he handing the White House to McCain? I think is he WASN'T trying to rally the troops and get this thing decided soon, he'd be handing it to McCain.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | April 18, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

WTF Dean? How did this loser get elected DNC Chair? He is handing the WH to McCain.

Posted by: Nancy in Dallas TX | April 18, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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