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Clyburn, Superdelegates and Robo-Call Threats

Clyburn, Superdelegates and Robo-Call Threats bumped

It’s getting ridiculous. All the blathering from the traditional media to the
Obama blogs has been relentless since last night’s stories on the threats
coming from Obama’s co-chair Jesse Jackson Jr.
, as well as the dueling coverage
on John Lewis. Of course, the Obama blogs regurgitated the Times piece,
without any restraint whatsoever, revealing their never ending hunger for propaganda
that only supports their storyline.

provides a good example today
of what some African American leaders who support Clinton are facing (via a reader). It also gives evidence to why Rep. John Lewis is a little worried. This seems to fit perfectly with the Jesse Jackson Jr.’s model of threatening colleagues to support Obama.
Once again to Missouri’s Cleaver, from

.. .. Cleaver notes that some members of Congress who support Clinton are
experiencing threats — not from fellow members but when they return

They have been told that they would face opposition in their next
election if they do not support Obama, and Cleaver says some — such
as John Lewis — have become the victims of “robo-calls.” In
Lewis’ case, the calls said “very, very derogatory things about him.”

Cleaver, too, has experienced some troubles.

“I had a person in my district send out a newsletter, for which
I know he didn’t pay, distributed primarily in the African-American community,
in which he suggested that I had been paid by Sen. Clinton to support her.
I don’t know if there’s anyone who [is African American] who hasn’t taken
some grief for supporting Sen. Clinton.” .. …

This is called swiftboating.

When it comes to superdelegates being paid, however, we know Obama’s
big money reach is far broader
than Clinton’s:

Obama: $694,000 (40% of his superdelegates)
Clinton: $194,000 (12% of her superdelegates)

Let me also state that with all the information I’ve learned about some of
Obama’s Chicago shenanigans, it’s not a far stretch, especially given Jesse
Jackson, Jr.’s recent words, to think that these threats aren’t coming out of
the wild blue yonder. Too bad Alice Palmer isn’t talking, and Bobby Rush has already decided that crossing Obama again isn’t worth it.

However today, Rep. Clyburn, a powerhouse congressional leader, made it clear that some of
the people spouting off on superdelegates just don’t understand their role in the election process.
It’s clear that the Obama campaign, through surrogates like Jesse Jackson Jr.,
hope to keep it that way, or threaten Clinton supporters any way they can. Clyburn
spoke out today
, via the AP:

House Majority Leader Jim Clyburn said Friday some of his fellow Democratic
Party superdelegates have been too quick to endorse presidential candidates
and said he disagrees with those who base their support on election and caucus

“We’re supposed to be unpledged delegates,” Clyburn said
during a discussion with reporters. “We are not supposed to be pledged.”

Clyburn has not said which Democrat he supports for the White House. He is
one of the party’s superdelegates – the people who are not assigned to a candidate
based on primary or caucus success, unlike normal delegates. … ..

… “We’re supposed to be playing the role of being there as a safety
valve, if something were to go wrong,” Clyburn said. “They are there
to make whatever midcourse correction needs to be made, and that’s the role
that we’re supposed to play.”

As of Thursday, the overall delegate count stood at 1,276 for Barack Obama
and 1,220 for Hillary Rodham Clinton, though she leads in superdelegate support.

While Clyburn said he’d prefer superdelegates not announce their
support until much later in the nominating process, he said he also doesn’t
agree with superdelegates shifting support from one candidate to another based
on how their constituents vote in a primary or caucus.

He addressed the issue several days after a former Clinton supporter announced
his intent to vote for Obama at the Democratic National Convention. Georgia
Rep. David Scott said he felt compelled to change his allegiance after more
than 80 percent of his district voted for the Illinois senator in the Feb.
5 Georgia primary.

Clyburn said superdelegates are not in place simply to mirror the
popular vote. “I don’t think people are really thinking through what
they’re saying,” he said.

It takes 2,025 to clinch the nomination – a number Clyburn said Friday he
didn’t think either candidate will be able to reach before the convention.
The August convention in Denver is where the superdelegates will have their
say, he said.

“Nobody is going to have 2,000 votes when this is over,”
Clyburn said. “The superdelegates are there to provide the rest of those
votes. That’s why we were supposed to be unpledged.”

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