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March 18th, 2008
11:20 AM ET

Jason Rae: Superdelegate Swaying Post-Endorsement

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Prior to my endorsement about three weeks ago, my phone was ringing constantly. I was getting calls from voters in Wisconsin and across the country who were encouraging me to support this candidate or that candidate. I was getting calls from the campaign staff who just wanted to check in to see how things were going and if I was ready to make an endorsement. And then I was getting calls from the candidates and their surrogates, such as President Clinton and Senator John Kerry.

However, now that I picked the person I intend to vote for at the national convention, all that has stopped. And that isn’t a bad thing by any means. When I was on-air with Anderson in February, he told me that they would “drop me like a hot potato” and they did. But trust me, I‘m not complaining. For me this has been an exciting opportunity along the way to talk to leaders within our party and to learn from some of the best political minds about how the process works.

For me on a very personal level, its good to have had things quiet down for a bit. I needed to get back to my studying for a little bit, so that midterms wouldn’t be too rocky. And I think this just goes to help illustrate the point I have been trying to make all along: super delegates are not party insiders in a backroom. Superdelegates are regular party activists, like myself, who make room for politics in our free time.

We are a diverse group of individuals who care about the party but are also busy being students, working full-time, having a family, etc. Sure, we may have gotten an extra call or two, but in the end, we are activists like yourself who care deeply about the direction of the party and the country.

– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate


Filed under: Jason Rae • Raw Politics
March 18th, 2008
06:52 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks....Well, there seems to be some good "dish" in Top Stories and in What YOU will be talking about TODAY... A NY paper is reporting that the NEW NY Governor admits he had an affair while married to his current wife, the NEW FIRST lady of NY...and the former Governor of NJ is claiming he and his wife used to engage in three-way sex. Yikes...TMI, too much information, in my opinion!!! AND is the Madonna marriage on the ropes? That is what some are sayin'.... 

In Raw Politics...the race issue is rearing it's ugly head again in the race for the Democratic nominee. Barack Obama plans to confront it head on... He will give a major speech in Philly, today.  AND no re-vote in Florida!!! BUT there is a glimmer of hope in Michigan, a June 3rd re-vote is the rumor.... There a lots of headlines to chew over this morning, so grab your coffee and let's get to it....

Top Stories
NEW NY Governor admits to affair...
New York Gov. David Paterson, who took over the state's top job Monday after Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal, has admitted he and his wife Michelle had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage several years ago, a newspaper reported.

The Governor's affair...
The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.

He said, she said...
He says it's true. She says it's not. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey says he and his wife Dina Matos McGreevey used to engage in three-way sex with his ex-aide and driver.

Fed poised to cut rates...
The Federal Reserve is expected to aggressively lower interest rates in its intensified battle against the credit crisis and spreading economic weakness. The question is whether all of the effort will turn the tide.

The Fed to the rescue...
Investors dumped stocks of the nation's major investment firms yesterday after a rescue plan for one of the biggest, Bear Stearns, exposed unexpectedly large cracks in the foundation of the financial system.

SCOTUS takes up gun issue...
Shelly Parker wants to know why she cannot keep a handgun in her house. As a single woman she has been threatened by neighborhood drug dealers in a city where violent crime rates are on the rise.

U.S. adapts cold-war idea to fight terrorists...
In the days immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of President Bush’s war cabinet declared that it would be impossible to deter the most fervent extremists from carrying out even more deadly terrorist missions with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

Violence in Tibet continues...
The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to show restraint Tuesday, saying that "if things become out of control," his "only option is to completely resign," The Associated Press reported.

Raw Politics
Obama to address race issue today...
Sen. Barack Obama, confronting ongoing questions about inflammatory sermons delivered by his former pastor, announced Monday he will deliver a "major address" on race and politics in Philadelphia on Tuesday in an attempt to move beyond the controversy.

Congregation defends Obama former pastor...
The Rev. Jeremish Wright spent 36 years teaching this congregation how to recognize injustice, and his parishioners sense it all around them now. On Sunday, more than 3,000 of them filled Trinity United Church of Christ on the city's South Side to pray for their former pastor. They read a handout that described Wright's newfound infamy as a "modern-day lynching." They scrawled his name in tribute on the inside of their service programs and applauded as Wright's protege, the Rev. Otis Moss III, stepped to the pulpit.

No Florida re-vote...
Florida Democrats scrapped plans Monday to redo the state's presidential primary, turning to national party leaders to find another way to resolve the political stalemate over the disputed January nominating contest.

New poll re: Super delegates...
A majority of Democratic voters say it would be unfair for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the presidential nomination through the support of "super delegates" if she lags among the convention delegates elected in primaries and caucuses, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Economy on the campaign trail...
For months, the top presidential candidates have focused on showing a war-weary public that they have what it takes to be the next commander in chief. But on Monday, as the Iraq war entered its sixth year, they faced a test with far more relevance to the everyday lives of Americans: whether they could serve as economist in chief.

Crime & Punishment
Fugitive arrested...
Chicago police arrested a man Sunday night in Chinatown they believe is a fugitive long-sought in connection with a California 1998 double homicide and featured on the Web site of the TV program "America's Most Wanted."

Keeping Them Honest
DOD delayed brain scans...
For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military's director of medical assessments.

2.4 million toys recalled...
Federal safety regulators recalled an additional 2.4 million potentially deadly Mega Brands magnetic toys Monday, at least 14 months after learning there might be problems with some of those products.

Probe reveals doctor payoffs...
A settlement to end a federal investigation into potential kickbacks to U.S. doctors is shining light on hundreds of agreements under which surgeons across the country receive trips, meals and consulting deals from artificial-hip and -knee makers.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Spears to pay Federline...
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.

Is Madonna marriage on the ropes?
Madonna is squashing suggestions that her marriage may be ending."I am delighted to confirm that Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritchie remain happily married," the pop star's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday.

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