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Carroll County Times Opinion

Letter: 'Superdelegates' remove power from voters

The article in the May 17 edition of the Times written by Mark Barabak, Tribune Newspapers, explained how the "superdelegates" were formed. It was explained that in 1968 some Democrats felt that Vice President Humphrey had been forced "down their throats" so the leaders changed the nominating system to give more say to the voters.

Unfortunately, however, late it seems the Democratic Party was none too happy with the landslide defeat of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter in 1980 so they changed it again "leavening the will of the people with the presumed wisdom of political insiders." How arrogant to feel that political insiders are more knowledgeable than the voters of this country. Thus the Superdelegates were formed.

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These are usually sitting Democratic governors, members of Congress, past presidents and vice presidents, and former chairmen of the Democratic National Committee. In other words, the very insider political people whom the majority of Americans are so disenchanted with who now control the selection of the Democratic nominees instead of allowing the "will of the people" to decide its nominee.

How very sad for members of the Democratic Party that their votes are now lessened by this very political move by the party to control the nomination.

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Diane F. Henkel

Hampstead


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