...it would be damaging to the Democratic party for its leaders to buck the will of national convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses
Evidently, this crazy idea of following the will of the people is such an offensive notion that Pelosi got a nasty gram from big wig Democratic donors, with a letter like this:
During your appearance, you suggested super-delegates have an obligation to support the candidate who leads in the pledged delegate count as of June 3rd , whether that lead be by 500 delegates or 2. This is an untenable position that runs counter to the party’s intent in establishing super-delegates in 1984 as well as your own comments recorded in The Hill ten days earlier:
We have been strong supporters of the DCCC. We therefore urge you to clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August. We appreciate your activities in support of the Democratic Party and your leadership role in the Party and hope you will be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.
Hey, we've supported the Democratic party for some time. Now, we hear that people are on their own are giving donations to this Obama guy, giving donations to the Democratic party - and that there are more of these "poor or middle class people" than there are of us. Hey, *we* have more money, *we* bought the votes - so Pelosi, if you really think that the "public" is going to take power away from us, well, you'd better think again.
You know what I say?
Bring it. I just gave another $25 to Obama today. I'll put in $25 directly to the DNC month, and I'll alternate until after the election - and behind. And everyone else who really wants a say should to. $5 here, $10 there, $25 if you can.
Enough with people thinking that they can buy the votes, that they dictate policy over everyone else just because they think that Congress works off of their paycheck. *I* pay the candidate I want now, and support them, and march for them. And you know what? There's lots of other people like me.
Maybe it's because of Obama. Maybe it's because we've realized that if you don't take action, you get Katrina and the Iraq War and the housing crisis.
Whatever the reason, it's our country. It's our party. You want to participate, then good for you. Otherwise, get the hell out of our way - or else you'll get trampled upon.