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Hoyer's Breakfast Table Solution for Superdelegates

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) right, talks with Calvert County commisioner Wilson Parran at a political breakfast at the Rod "n" Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach.

By Ben Pershing
As Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continued to walk a fine line on the role superdelegates should play in deciding the Democratic presidential race, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unveiled his own idea today for how the contest might be resolved.

Hoyer's suggested way out of the current mess sounds akin to making the decision in a smoke-filled room (though presumably without the smoke, which is banned in most parts of the Capitol).

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said last week that superdelegates should commit to either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama by July 1 in order to settle the nomination well in advance of the party convention in August. And Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) has suggested holding something like a superdelegate caucus or primary in June.

Asked about those proposals today at his weekly roundtable with reporters, Hoyer said he would also like to see the nomination settled soon, but responded with a slightly different idea.

"In my early days, my younger days, I was a political leader in Prince George's County," Hoyer said. "We had what was called a 'breakfast club' -- people sat around a table just like this. We rarely ever voted. We did have, however, significant discussions in which we ultimately came to consensus. That didn't mean everybody was in unanimity but it did mean everybody agreed, 'well, that seems to be the rational conclusion to reach.' So you don't necessarily have to vote to reach such a conclusion."

After a brief pause, Hoyer said, "I hope I wasn't too elliptical on that."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  April 1, 2008; 4:06 PM ET
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Hillary Clinton has reached the point of being pathetic. She cannot accept defeat by the rules that she agreed to without resorting to the creation of multiple irrelevant scenarios.

If the phone rang in the white house at three AM and the president was awakened to news of a crisis somewhere in the world, would you want that president to be someone who suffers from apparent fantasy ideation and/or hallucinations and paranoic delusions of being under attack by imaginary snipers.

Or maybey she would just be another lying president like George W. Bush who would "misspeak" us into another war.

Posted by: vernard_dickson | April 2, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

royrichard, why do you and the other Clinton supporters continually blame Sen Obama for what happened to Michigan, and Florida.

The Democratic Party stated before the primary voting started that both states' delegates would not be seated at the Democratic convention in Colorado.

Sen Clinton didn't disagree at that time, because she was so sure that she would be the Democratic choice for president.

There were many Democrats in both states that didn't vote because they knew that it would not count.

Stop being deceitful by blaming Sen Obama.

Posted by: brnman04 | April 1, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree...Get it done by mid later...

Posted by: YesweCan1 | April 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"The United States, which has raised concerns about election fraud, called on Zimbabwe's government to make sure "the counting of the votes ... ensures the will of the people is heard," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Monday."

The Union is eager to establish justice in Zimbabwe. That´s good. Democrats: How about Florida and Michigan, there is no difference of principle?

Obama recently objected that the will of the people in the two states is heard.

Posted by: royrichard | April 1, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse


Learn how to structure sentences. Your stupid scribbling is too much hassle to read.

Posted by: michael4 | April 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

ok stenny

but will you throw in your two cents or may i add

your house speaker's 'preferences and sticks"

as speaker of the house

if someone of this breakfast club either goes your way or no?

lets be real....its politics baby
breakfast style problem

just remember

florida and michigan

or the country lights up in a mighty wind and fire


let the people be heard or else

democracy ends...right at your favorite resturant club

florida must be counted dude

and not by way of "proportionality"

but by
what abe lincoln..obama's alleged model said


a govt ...for the people, by the people
and of the people"

not by the delegate counts of less than a complete set of large swing voter states


got votes?

Posted by: BigTimeOhioan | April 1, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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