Pelosi’s strategy offers Obama a boost

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to favor Barack Obama with her statements that the Democratic Party should back the candidate with the most pledged delegates.

Although the California Congresswoman did not name either of the candidates, her statements that the candidate that enters the convention with the delegate lead should get the nomination favor Obama because it is virtually impossible for Hillary Clinton to overcome his current edge.

It only it were that simple.

Writes David Espo of The Associated Press:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it would be damaging to the Democratic party for its leaders to buck the will of national convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses, a declaration that gives a boost to Sen. Barack Obama.

"If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what’s happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic party," Pelosi said in an interview taped Friday for broadcast Sunday on ABC’s "This Week."

The California Democrat did not mention either Obama or his rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, by name. But her remarks seemed to suggest she was prepared to cast her ballot at the convention in favor of the candidate who emerges from the primary season with the most pledged delegates.

Obama leads Clinton by 142 pledged delegates – those delegates picked in nomination contests to date, in The Associated Press’ count.

Barring an unlikely string of landslide victories by the former first lady in the remaining states, he will end the primary season with a delegate lead, but short of the 2025 needed to win the nomination.


  1. pondering_it_all

    Why assume she made that statement because she favors Obama? Maybe she actually favors Clinton but understands the trouble such a Superdelegate overturn would create.

    I think she was just being honest, and I also think she is absolutely correct.

  2. Janet

    It’s not about who she favors, it ‘s about who benefits from her call to action. If she favored Clinton, she would be asking that everyone wait to see what happens in PA, MI and FL. The statement favored Obama because she said the candidate with the most pledged delegates and popular vote, i.e. the candidate the people want, should be the nominee. That person right now is Obama. He is leading by 140 delegates and 700K+ popular votes. He also has a stronger lead over McCain in a national match-up.

    She said that the will of the people should prevail. That favors Obama. It’s time the Democrats unite and name a nominee or we are going to self-destruct and lose in November. This is our golden year to shine and Hillary is messing it up for her own desire for power and sense of entitlement. She needs to do the right thing for the country.

  3. pbr90

    It’s not about who Hillary is; it’s about who Pelosi has become. Her logic and common sense has become somewhat similar to the problems that Obama has: inflated ego.