Obama Waits On Superdelegate Announcements?
He apparently has a flood of them set for right after the last primary, so get ready folks…the tide’s a comin’!
From Marc Ambinder:
Neither the Clinton nor the Obama campaign is clear what the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee will do on May 31; depending upon how or whether they re-allocate delegates, Obama could wind up within to 20 to 30 votes of the nomination — a situation rectifiable by a piddling performance in Puerto RIco, South Dakota and Montana — or more than 100 delegates short, requiring solid performances in those states plus a few dozen superdelegate endorsements to put him over the top.
To prepare for that eventuality, the Obama campaign has, for the first time, really, begun to bank delegates. Sources close to the campaign estimate that as many as three dozen Democratic superdelegates have privately pledged to announce their support for Obama on June 4 or 5. The campaign is determined that Obama not end the first week in June without securing the support of delegates numbering 2026 — or 2210, as the case may be.
May 31st is such a big day for so many reasons. And after that there will be a lot of talk of truly revamping this primary process so people Iowa and New Hampshire don’t always come first. Trust me on this…it’ll be bloody, but Iowa and New Hampshire will lose their first in the nation status in favor of a everybody-gets-a-shot-at-being-first regional system chosen via some lottery system. It’s inevitable.
But aside from that, Obama obviously has a plan to lock this thing up so he won’t have to worry about a fight at the convention. Still, with all these delegates pledging their support for Hillary, you never know what shenanigans they might try to pull…especially if something happens to Obama between now and then.