Much has been made about the so-called “superdelegates” in the Democratic Party–mostly elected or former elected officials–who could provide the margin of victory for the candidate closest to the nomination when the Democratic convention is held in late July in Philadelphia. Might these superdelegates be the deciding factor? And if so, doesn’t that give former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a decided advantage since she holds a huge lead in superdelegates?
One of those superdelegates is former President Bill Clinton. This makes sense, when you consider he was elected overwhelmingly to two terms as President is one of the most popular Democrats in the country. But, earlier today President Clinton said that should Bernie Sanders be the Democratic nominee, he would have no problem casting his superdelegate ballot for Sanders and supporting him in November.
While hearing this may surprise you, it’s instructive to note that Clinton said he did exactly the same thing in 2008, when Hillary Clinton lost the nomination to President Barack Obama. As President Clinton remarked:
‘It happened last time. Last time I did what my candidate asked, I voted for Barack Obama.’
While some may consider this surprising, it stands in stark contrast to the Republican side of the ledger, where the remaining candidates are now saying they will probably not stand by a written pledge they made to support the eventual nominee. As the GOP contest has gotten more heated–and more personal–Trump, Cruz, and Kasich have all backed away from their promise to support the Republican candidate, come Hell or high water. Which makes you wonder: Would Cruz or Kasich vote for Clinton or Sanders in November, or just sit out the election entirely?
In the past, some have suggested that the Democratic Party has problems unifying, costing them elections. But it would appear that the Democrats are more united than ever before, perhaps because they see the threat posed by Cruz and Trump. In the weeks ahead, it will be interesting to see the Republicans rip each other apart even more while the Democrats have a spirited but civilized debate.
The next big prize you can expect former President Clinton to be actively involved in is the New York primary on April 19.
Still unsure what superdelegates are? This video should help: