More than 460 Democratic superdelegates have yet to throw support behind a candidate. Politico reports that few if any are truly undecided, and offers a taxonomy of the undeclared:
- Crypto-Obamans—Superdelegates like Nancy Pelosi, who haven't come out for a candidate, but are assumed to be sympathetic to Obama.
- Throwbacks—"Proud, unapologetic superdelegates" like James Clyburn, who have no problem with deciding the election in a smoke-filled room.
- Parochials—Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur and her ilk, who are waiting until the candidates start addressing their local concerns.
- Nailbiters—Pols who are dithering till the last minute to avoid a potentially damaging misstep.
- Strong and Silents—Bigwigs like Al Gore, keeping a pregnant pause until the precise moment.
- Unknowns—The 75 or so superdelegates who themselves haven't yet been selected.