Dems Need a 'Superconvention'
Earlier superdelegate event could fix Dems' drama: Politico
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2008 3:22 PM CST
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., gestures to Barack Obama at the debate at the Austin Democratic Debate at the Recreational Sports Center on the University of Texas campus in Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With a tight race and a “crazy quilt of anti-democratic rules” that govern the Dems’ race for the nomination, we need a fair and transparent way to settle the matter. How? Try a July “superconvention,” writes Dan Gerstein in Politico. Superdelegates would gather to hear speeches from each candidate, openly debate the matter themselves—then cast their votes.

To keep the contest out of the feared “smoke-filled rooms,” the event would be televised. Some might call it an unnecessary precursor to the standard convention—but it would allow the winner months more campaigning before the general election. Unrealistic? Perhaps, writes Gerstein, but “maybe an off-the-wall solution is just what is needed to settle this off-the-wall campaign.”