Hillary Clinton and Her Loyal Superdelegates
by jpanzieri, Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 09:07:06 AM EDT
"Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president...That is our mission, Democrats. Let's elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden for that future worthy of our great country."
While many state delegates at the convention are taking her word to heart, what is happening with those superdelegate holdouts who will vote for Clinton unless she tells them, specifically, to do otherwise?
Take Ramona Martinez, a superdelegate from Colorado, who still supports Clinton:
"When you have 18 million votes for a candidate who is not going to be on the ballot, that's hard for people. People want an opportunity to vote for Hillary.
"I don't think Hillary delegates are in any way trying to disrupt the convention. They just want to have a voice for the 18 million people who voted for her and we need those 18 million to win. As a Democrat, I'm not afraid of that. In the end, on Thursday night, that unity will be there...
I say let them have their voice; let them have their hour or two; let them understand Obama will have the votes and then we'll move on. I don't want them to feel disenfranchised. We need them in November...
If Hillary Clinton says, 'No, I do not want a roll call vote. I want my delegates to support one roll call vote for Barack Obama,' then, hey, it's done. I will honor that."
It will be interesting to see if Clinton's superdelegates abide by by the request she made during the convention speech, or if they will wait for her to speak directly with them. Word is that she will be meeting with her superdelegates sometime before the roll call vote, perhaps in order to get her "Vote for Obama" message to them. Since her name will also be on the roll call ballot, results will prove whether she was successful in getting her message across to both her regular delegates and her superdelegates.