“Super-Crap” from the Clinton Camp

Has Ickes been taking lessons from Frank Luntz or what?

In a sign that the spin war over the significance of super-delegates is underway in earnest, Harold Ickes told assorted Hillary supporters on a private conference call yesterday that the campaign wants them to start referring to super-delegates as “automatic delegates,” according to someone on the call.

The person I spoke to paraphrases Ickes, who is spearheading Hillary’s super-delegate hunt, this way: “We’re no longer using the phrase super delegates. It creates a wrong impression. They’re called automatic delegates. Because that’s what they are.”

The worry appears to be that the phrase “super-delegates” implies that “they have super-powers or super influence when they don’t,” the source says, describing Ickes’ thinking. In other words, the phrase suggests that they have greater than average clout and that they have the power to overrule the democratic process, giving it the taint of back-room power politics.

The new term “automatic delegates” appears to be ostensibly a reference to the fact that these folks are super-delegates automatically, by virtue of their office or position.

H/T to The Plank & TPM.

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