ON the first Wednesday in June, the morning after the last day of voting in the 1984 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the long, drawn-out battle that began with Gary Hart’s stunning victory in New Hampshire ended — but only after one last plot twist. I was Walter Mondale’s delegate counter, and I had stayed up all night to estimate the delegates won and lost in the five states, including California and New Jersey, that had voted the day before. I realized we were in big trouble. Mr. Mondale was not going to deliver on his pledge to be over the top in the delegate count by noon on the day after the last primary. He fell 40 delegates short of a majority.Barack Obama
Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist, was the chief political consultant to Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
"Superdelegates, Back Off"
Tad Devine, NY Times op-ed: