Super-D Update

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 1, 2008 4:33pm

Hillary Clinton consigliere Harold Ickes says that of course Rev. Wright is coming up in his conversations with Superdelegates.

In an interview with Talking Points Memo Ickes said, "Super delegates have to take into account the strengths and weakness of both candidates and decide who would make the strongest candidate against what will undoubtedly be ferocious Republican attacks. I’ve had super delegates tell me that the Wright issue is a real issue for them….

"Nobody thinks that Barack Obama harbors those thoughts. But that’s not the issue. The issue is what Republicans [will do with them]…I think they’re going to give him a very tough time."

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Enigmatic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says he digs the call to have super-Ds make their intentions publicly known by July 1.

Speaking to reporters, Reid said — as Roll Call reports — "I like that — July 1 or before."

And what would he do to encourage the plan, Reid said, “I just did it.”

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Meanwhile, everybody’s favorite doctor, Howard Dean, told USA Today that he does NOT dig the idea of a superdelegate convention.

"We can’t have a convention of super delegates because it would look like 330 delegates are overriding the wishes of 30 million voters," Dean said of a plan floated by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen.

"It’s good that he’s talking about it because it focuses the attention of the unpledged delegates on the need to put their country and their party first by making up their mind before the convention."

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The Republican National Committee is having quite a lot of fun with this Super-D stuff.

- jpt

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