May 22nd, 2008
03:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Blitzer: Could Democrats scrap the current delegate system?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Blitzer: Democrats are already starting to look past 2008."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic presidential nominating process is still being played out. It certainly looks like Barack Obama is very close to wrapping it up, but Hillary Clinton is not yet giving up.

There are still three more contests left, on June 1 in Puerto Rico, and on June 3 in Montana and South Dakota. And now, Senator Clinton and her advisers are even leaving open the possibility that this process could drag on to the Democratic convention in Denver at the end of August, especially if there is no change in the party’s refusal to seat the full Michigan and Florida delegations.

Back in early January, just before the first caucuses in Iowa, few would have thought that this process could continue into June. Many pundits actually predicted the Republican nominating process could drag on. But the widely-held assumption then was that the Democrats would wrap it up quickly, probably with Hillary Clinton winning the nomination. All of this goes to show that making political predictions can be a risky business.

Now, Democratic insiders are already starting to look beyond this year. Some are questioning the entire nominating process.

For example, should the party do away with its superdelegates. “I never supported superdelegates to begin with – 25 years ago,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, herself a superdelegate, said today. “I ran for the Chair of the National Committee opposed to superdelegates. You can imagine what a winning platform that was.”

She wants the Democratic Party to reconsider its rules. “There should be some representation of that leadership of the party and the congressional, gubernatorial and other manifestations of the party, but I think 800 is far too many.”

Is it too early for the Democrats to rethink their rules for 2012 based on what has happened this year?

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Independent99999

    No super delegates.
    No RULE CHANGES .. If someone like Hillary talks of rules for political advantage, that PERSON should be DISQUALIFIED from running any further from destroying American Values
    Majority of Elected Delegates should decide the outcome. No twists
    Proportional allocation of Delegates should continue as it is now

    May 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Dustin

    Dems. definately need to figure this out. In winner-take-all Hillary would have the nomination. Their process for "fairness" turned out to be too complicated and just plain causes problems.

    Superdelegates have enough sway by making endorsements if they so choose, their vote should not count any more than anyone elses.

    I say for 2012 they do something a little more clear-cut like the Republicans or at least figure out something a little more realistic.

    May 22, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Sarah

    How about one person one vote? This delegate system is very messed up. To think that certain regions can have different weight based on how many people voted last time and not based on population.

    May 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. km

    I think they need to have some sort of system that allows for the party to step in if a likely to lose candidate is nominated. With this youtube generation...we could be looking at Leroy Jenkins getting the nomination. If you don't think it can happen, ask Minnesota how they liked Jesse Ventura as Gov.

    May 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    Since CNN NEVER posts my responses-Name Change.

    Sure, scrap the delegates. How then to decide? Let's face it. Voting in a primary or caucus for any party is SUBJECT to party rules and is not subject to the RIGHT TO VOTE in this country. Our parties are like fraternities. If you don't like the rules, leave.

    Personally I think that all elections whether for a party or a general election should be 100% based on the popular vote. Oh yes, that mean to hell with the electoral college as well.

    May 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Ben

    I have one more comment. You probably won't print it.
    I only want the people to vote for someone they truly think would be the best president. Don't vote out of predjudice. I don't see what color or what sex has to do with anything except to prove you are still living in an America that has left predjudice behind.Your old America has grown up and must have to drag you kicking and screaming into the new age where we actually vote for the candidates merits NOT because of age sex or color.

    May 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Black Veteran For Obama


    May 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Joseph Adewole

    You are correct; we all thought this would be over some months back but then God turnred the wisdom of Hillary to foolishness. She came in with PRIDE.............'I AM IN IT TO WIN IT'...God looked down from Heaven and said to King Nebucadnezer.
    In everything one tries to do, one should always think of his or her Creator. The pride is so obvious that even Bill called it a 'fairy tale' then and now he calls it 'house of fun'. Is anything too difficult for HIM?

    May 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    Scrap the whole system. Superdelegates are supposed to insure the right person get the nomination. It is so screwed up, republicans, independents being allowed to vote in the democrats primary is totaly misleading as far as November goes. Caucuses which dis-infranchise people who are physically unable to stand around for perhaps hours to vote or for other reasons cannot spend the time.

    May 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    Winner take all isn't the way to go either. Count the votes and who ever has more wins, even if the margin is 1.

    May 22, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. jannie

    mcclain stevenson from mash had more of a coherent plan for our contry than MCBUSH does. People, read the mccain FINE PRINT. It is Bush third term stuff....

    May 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    It's awesome that all the Hillary supporters NOW have a problem with the system. No one complained when they thought Queen Hillary would win the nomination by a landslide. But not the system is broken. Shesh.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Gringo

    ABSOLUTELY…change the rules to make it a majority rules election. Too bad they didn't think of that before a string of stupid unfair caucuses and the debacle in Texas.
    Now they have saddled themselves with a no-win no-experience candidate that will get blown out in November. Dems have done it again a la McGovern, etc.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. ap

    Hillary should be ashamed of herself. Heer bid to continue on is splitting the party just as she wants, all the while denying it. She and Bill have shown little regard for the "American People" they profess to love by continuing this non-fight.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Bud Curtis

    Gee, Wolf, if the Democratic party insiders are questioning the nominating process, which everyone believes has been a failure this election cycle, do you suppose there may be something wrong with the process? I am sure glad these geniuses are at the helm.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Chris


    Can you believe FoxNews stole your idea of "The Situation Room" with now there version called "The Strategy Room." It's unbelievable how closely the copied you guys, even the music to the show sounds nearly identical. They even stole the idea of the electronic map that John King uses all the time.

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Randy - Denver

    Wolf can you PLEASE STOP CAMPAIGNING FOR MS. CLINTON and try, just for once to report news?

    While it may be a legitimate question for the DNC to discuss INTERNALLY it is NOT your place to have this discussion how the DNC choses to pick its candidate is up to them and them alone! This type of "News/Reporting" is nothing more than your attempt to keep Ms. Clinton and her lies front and center so those who do not understand the system will be able to cry that she was cheated

    May 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. obama played by the rules

    Hillary is so desperate she is making a fool out of herself every single day..Obama has did everything that has been asked of him.He played by the rules ,he followed the rules and according to the rules he will and should be the nominee..Hillary is so vocal about florida and michigan now because she is losing.Why wasn't she so vocal when they had their primaries.The bottom line is she wasn't vocal then is because she thought this nomination was her back then and she underestimated Barack Obama and now she is desperate..Nobody gave Obama this nomination he earned it and if Hilary is the nominee she didn't earn it she stoled it

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Jeff in Illinois

    The DNC can start with making sure that everyone's vote will count BEFORE we begin a nomination process and by getting rid of the caucus system. Unfortunately, states make up their own minds.

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Pam

    What they really do need to scrap is Hillary's speeches, they are putting people to sleep amongst other things 🙂

    May 22, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Tony Rogers

    I guess we should change the system since the person that was suspose to win is losing. That want change anything. It will happen again with different rules. Why? Because a sore loser is born every day.


    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Desmond

    I like how people want to change things when thing don't go their way. I quess the most people don't remember that they validated Bush for a second term. So, now because things are close people want change.

    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Jack Colson

    I"ve always said:
    It's true folks.

    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. No Way

    Yes, they should go the way of the Republicans and the GE...winner take all.

    May 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This sounds totally stupid at this time. Democrats need to fix what we've got at this time, scrap Hillary, and then consider changing the process.

    May 22, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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