The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Is the Obama Campaign Intimidating Black Superdelegates?
African-American superdelegates said Thursday that they’ll stand up against threats, intimidation and “Uncle Tom” smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.
“African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.
“This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.”
Interestingly, the original Politico headline was Black superdelegates stand up against "Uncle Tom" smears, but it now reads Black backers steadfast for Clinton.
As we all know now, it isn't the delegate counts that matter so much for Clinton and Obama now because no one will have enough come convention time. It is rather the superdelegates which mean everything. And this could be a sign that Hillary's delegates just might hold firm. But a win on Tuesday certainly would help her.