Hear that, Super Delegates? It's Hooser talking. No, not Hoosier. That's a resident of Indiana. You know, Gary Hooser, the guy who turned to fear-mongering, the last bastion of every failed politician. Oh, never heard of him? Well, then, never mind.
Where did the concept of superdelegates come from?
Democrats first introduced superdelegates in 1984 as a safety net — they wanted to give the party elders a voice in choosing the nominee. The goal: to prevent the Democrats from repeating what many viewed as a mistake when they nominated Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota in 1972. McGovern went on to lose 49 states that year.
Similarly, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter won the nomination in 1976, against the wishes of many in the party establishment. We should note, however, that their support for former Vice President Walter Mondale, the choice of the Democratic establishment, in 1984 is widely credited with putting him over the top against challenger Gary Hart. Mondale went on to lose 49 states that November.
Like I said, listen up.
Hey, while I've got your attention, check this out. Those Cornell scientists are at it again, with our "last, best hope":