Hoyer's Breakfast Table Solution for Superdelegates
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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April 1, 2008; 4:06 PM ET
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