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A couple of weeks ago, FireDogLake and many others got it all wrong on Joe Lieberman:
Lieberman's endorsement of Republican John McCain disqualifies him as a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule, according to Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.Wrong, and I will respectfully say that Ms. DiNardo is not the definitive source on who gets to be a superdelegate. Lieberman was never a superdelegate. The Call to the Convention states:
Additional unpledged votes shall be added if needed to provide for ... Democratic United States Senators from that state or territory (if any).Quite simply, he is not considered a "Democratic Senator", and therefore has never had superdelegate status for 2008. The DNC confirms this:
Sen. Lieberman is an independent member of the U.S. Senate and that is the reason he is not an unpledged delegate; because he is not a "Democratic member." Yes, Sen. Lieberman may caucus with Senate Democrats but [it's] not the same thing.Bernie Sanders is also not a superdelegate, even though he caucuses with the Democrats. Senator Jeffords and Sanders, then a Congressman, were not superdelegates in 2004, even though they caucused with the Democrats.
Any other argument for Lieberman being a superdelegate a) former vice-presidential nominee or b) former Democratic Senator --- just aren't supported by the rules of the convention. He lost his superdelegate status two years ago when he lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to Ned Lamont, so his endorsement of John McCain was meaningless.
Update: And finally some documented proof that Lieberman was never a superdelegate. Currently, the Call to the Convention, dated Jan 5, 2008, shows that Connecticut has 4 superdelegates who are Members of Congress, one superdelegate who is a Distinguished Party Leader (DPL), and 6 DNC members. The DPL is Senator Chris Dodd, who is also a former Chairman of the DNC. And the 4 members of Congress are Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Christopher S. Murphy. So clearly Lieberman was not a superdelegate on Jan 5, 2008.
And now lets look at the Connecticut Delegate Selection Plan, dated May, 2007, before Lieberman's endorsement of McCain. On page 29, we see that the number of Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates (or Unpledged PLEOs the official name of superdelegates), was also 11. If Lieberman had been a superdelegate, the number would have been 12. He wasn't.