Clinton and Superdelegates

Politico has a story up on Clinton’s private meeting with superdelegates, reporting she asked them to “privately” commit:

 “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Capitol Hill this week may have been more about weighing her support than it was about wooing superdelegates.

According to a senior Democratic aide, Clinton asked some uncommitted superdelegates if they could commit to her privately — without the political risks of a public endorsement — so that she could gauge whether she has the support she feels she needs to remain a viable candidate.

A Clinton staffer acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was in the process of “counting up” superdelegates because, “at the end of the day, we have to know where our numbers are.”

‘We do have some private supporters,” the staffer said. “[But] for their own political purposes, they can’t be on record.'”

A few things stand out in that to me, namely that the claim can’t be verified (much like her campaign’s tendency to exaggerate fundraising numbers) and that, as the article goes on to note, even if it is true, there’s nothing preventing those privately “backing” her from publicly voting for Obama in Denver.

 It also doesn’t sound like a very strong candidate when you admit that it’s politically risky for your peers to support your candidacy.  

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