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Is It a Bird-Brain? Is It A Plain Rubber-Stamp? No - It's A Super-Delegate!

03/09/2008 09:58 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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"The superdelegates were created to lead, not to follow. They were, and are, expected to determine what is best for our party and best for the country."
Geraldine Ferraro (New York Times - February 28, 2008)

• Vice Chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus (1982-1985)
• Representative of House Speaker Tip O'Neill to the Hunt Commission (creator in 1981-1982 of the "superdelegates")

"We must also give our convention more flexibility to respond to changing circumstances and, in cases where the voters' mandate is less than clear, to make a reasoned choice."

- Governor Jim Hunt (at Institute of Politics, JFK School of Government, December 15, 1981)
• Governor North Carolina (1977-1985, 1993-2001)
• Chairman Hunt Commission on reform of Democratic Party Convention Rules (1981-1982)

"By a 47-to-6 vote, the commission on presidential nominations, headed by North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr., set aside those seats for members of Congress, governors, big-city mayors and other elected officials and party big-shots. They would be freed from the requirement the other 3,300 Democratic delegates face to state a candidate preference, and they would not be bound by the results of primaries or caucuses in their own states."
- David Broder - The Washington Post - January 15, 1982