March 12, 2008, - 11:34 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Well, Hillary Rodham Cankles Clinton can probably cross one of her “sure bet” superdelegates off the list.
Turns out that Client Nine, Eliot Spitzer, was one of her superdelegates. Assuming he’s out of office and has stepped down from all honorary Democratic duties–including being a superdelegate, he’s out of the picture for her. But, the way things are going, perhaps that’s a big assumption.
Here are the details:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton will be down one superdelegate. The scandal-tainted governor and his Lt. Gov. David Paterson currently are two of the roughly 800 superdelegates who will also cast ballots at the August nominating convention. Both are public backers of Clinton.
If Spitzer resigns [DS: which he just did], New York succession laws provide for Paterson to assume the role of governor until the term expires in 2010. Here’s the rub: succession law also provides for the president of the state senate to become lieutenant governor. That man is Joseph Bruno, a Republican and political enemy of Spitzer.
It is safe to say that Bruno will not be casting a ballot at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The Democratic National Committee today confirmed that New York would lose Spitzer’s superdelegate slot. . . .
As for Clinton, she can use all the superdelegates she can get. With rival Sen. Barack Obama on track to maintain his lead in pledged delegates – those awarded based on the state’s nominating contests – the nomination fight may ultimately be decided by the votes cast by the party leaders and elected officials that make up the superdelegate count. . . .
Currently, the combined delegate count gives Obama a 1,579-1,473 lead over Clinton. Obama’s campaign announced the addition of two superdelegates on Monday: DNC member Joyce Brayboy of North Carolina and DNC member Everett Sanders of Mississippi.
Perhaps “Kristin” can replace Client-9 as a superdelegate. After all, she is apparently a “working woman,” just like Cankles claims to be in recent ads. I’m told that most of the people at that convention (and, sadly, many at the GOP National Convention, too) perform the same job as Ms. “Kristin,” anyway.
On a related note, here are a couple of video tributes–ironically by the same singing sensation–to former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s women in the work force (the first one is part of my workout music–it reminds me of many of the less-thans I write about on this site and how easily they sell out our country for a dime; myt apologies for the racial makeup of the women in the vid, but it was the only one with the studio version of the song):
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