Argument: Superdelegates represent party-leadership at national convention
- Tad Devine. "Superdelegates, Back Off". New York Times. February 10, 2008 - "Democrats created these superdelegates after the 1980 election with several purposes in mind.
- Party leaders had been underrepresented on the floor of the 1980 convention, which was the culmination of a bitter contest for the nomination between President Jimmy Carter and Senator Ted Kennedy that left our party deeply divided and contributed to the party’s loss of the presidency that year."