The superdelegates of the Democratic Party may determine if the party’s presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, and how these superdelegates should make such a choice is attracting a lot of political commentary.
In The New York Times today, Geraldine Ferraro, who helped create the superdelegate system before running as the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984, writes about her views of how superdelegates should act. Meanwhile, in today’s Legal Times, political scientist David Ponet and law professor Ethan Leib analyze the same question.
The two commentary pieces disagree over several issues, including whether superdelegates should already have chosen a candidate. Ferraro supports this; Ponet and Leib warn that superdelegates who pledge their support in advance are “shirking certain of their fundamental duties.” The commentaries also disagree about the relevance of Republicans and independents to choosing the Democratic nominee.