As Hillary Clinton's campaign seeks to project dominance in a field that could soon include Vice President Joe Biden, her top advisers are touting a decisive edge on a little-discussed metric: superdelegate commitments.
At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where she will speak Friday, senior Clinton campaign officials are claiming that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination. They come from current and former elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.
The Clinton camp’s claim to more than 440 delegates means she’s already wrapped up the support of over 60 percent of the approximately 713 superdelegates who under party rules are among those who cast votes for the nomination, along with delegates selected by rank-and-file voters in primaries and caucuses beginning next February. ...
Barring some major scandal or controversy, and given Hillary and Bill Clinton's long-standing ties to Democratic Party elites, overcoming her superdelegate edge would be quite a challenge for Biden or the major candidates already competing against her for the nomination, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. ...
In their Minneapolis discussions intended to persuade additional uncommitted superdelegates to come commit to Clinton, her team is taking care not to mention Biden, but the message is clear: much of the party establishment is supporting Clinton and the math is in her favor.Whatever one's thoughts on the idea superdelegates might be, they have been a part of the Democratic nomination process for decades. They helped Obama win the nomination in 2008 and will do the same for Clinton in 2016. They know a winner when they see one, and it's the lifelong Democrat with the best résumé for the job.
Without a single vote being cast, Hillary is already well on her way to winning the nomination.
And somewhere, Martin O'Malley is whining.