“Blue Collar Democrats Who Can Sway This Election As They Have in the Past”

Sixteen swing state Democrats sent a letter to their fellow Democrats urging them to back Sen. Clinton because of “her ability to connect with voters we must deliver in the fall, including blue collar Democrats who can sway this election as they have in the past,” and because she “has won rural and suburban districts which we as Democrats must carry to maintain our edge in Congress.”

Well, no one can say those congress critters don’t learn. They managed to get through the entire letter without using words denoting skin color even once. However, given that Clinton herself and Geoff Garin, her chief strategist, used those words quite openly after Tuesday’s primaries, it’s clear that’s what is meant.

Apparently, African American voters are not considered important, much less essential, to a Democratic win in the fall, because they don’t even figure into the letter writers’ analysis of what makes Sen. Clinton more “electable” than Obama.

In any event, the letter failed to move Donald Payne (from my state, New Jersey) or Peter DiFazio (Oregon): Both men threw their support as superdelegates to Obama, which puts him ahead by two superdelegates, in ABC News’ count:

Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates this morning giving him a new metric to tout in addition to his current commanding leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, states won, and money raised.

Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., endorsed Obama. DeFazio was previously uncommitted.

With these endorsements, Obama has the support of 267 superdelegates and Clinton has 265 superdelegates.

Every news organization’s superdelegate count is a little different because it is an imperfect science. Since October 2007, the Political Unit has continuously reached out to the nearly 800 superdelegates to determine their candidate preference. We also reach out regularly to the Obama and Clinton campaigns for their superdelegate lists and work to confirm any that they include on their lists.

Clinton’s advantage among superdelegates was once massive and has been dwindling steadily since Super Tuesday, when she was ahead by over 60 superdelegates.

Also today, Obama won the endorsement of the American Federation of Government Employees.

4 Responses to ““Blue Collar Democrats Who Can Sway This Election As They Have in the Past””

  1. tas says:

    It’s not that Afro-American voters aren’t considered important by Democrats… But Clinton is obviously from the old guard, who just make the assumption that blacks will vote Democrat so often that they don’t even have to work for their vote.

    If the superdelegates go en masse over to Hillary’s side, though — betraying the will of the voters — then think the Clinton’s would learn something about not taking their voters for granted,

  2. Chief says:

    Most of my life I have worked with my hands. I consider myself “blue collar” and I voted for Senator Obama in the Ohio Primary. I expect to vote for him in the General Election, also. I will vote for the Dem noninee regardless of name.

  3. Kathy says:

    I will vote for the Dem noninee regardless of name.

    Well, I have to say that, as of right now, I will not. I mean, it’s not going to be an issue because Obama is going to be the nominee, but the way I feel at this moment in time about Hillary Clinton is that I simply could not bring myself to vote for her. It used to be, long ago back in the olden days, that I hated the thought of voting for Clinton because she is so far to the right, for a Democrat, on the issues. But in this election I could have voted for her, holding my nose, despite that. But now, It’s no longer the issues per se that have made it impossible for me to consider voting for her — it’s the cynical, unethical, corrupt way she has used the political process in the primary campaign. She sickens me. Playing up Jeremiah Wright for all the racist value she can squeeze out of it; playing to white voters who don’t want an African American to be president; her hypocritical and dishonest attempt to get the Michigan and Florida delegations seated, and making it an issue of “fairness” when it’s really an issue of an utterly cynical politician willing to go back on her word, change the rules, and really do *anything* — whatever it takes — to get the nomination, which she has not had any realistic chance of getting since Super Tuesday.

    I simply cannot vote for her.

  4. Chief says:


    I, not only understand, but also agree with your rationale. And, it’s only one vote, right. But it is SCOTUS nominees that I am also thinking about. Will Clinton as president (never happen), but anyway, will Clinton appoint the same misanthropes to the Supreme Court as McCain would?

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