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Superdelegates is an informal term for superheroes that get a special delegate vote during the primary season. There are many superdelegates for both the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, though the term is usually used only for the Democratic delegates, as nobody likes Republicans.
Superdelegates have been an integral part of the election process since the '68 DNC, when Superman declared that he "wouldn't lift another finger in defense of [our] country" unless he had the power to "decide who runs it." He apparently was disappointed with Kennedy and his "anti-hero, pro-mob" stances, and wanted a chance to handpick candidates for the only real political party, the Democratic party.
In 1980, the "Marvelous Old Party" tried to get in on the superhero vote by adding delegates of their own, including the infamous "X-Men," as part of the Republican Party's desperate push to seem friendly toward minorities and, it has been suggested, as part of an effort to stop Ronald Reagan's ridiculous momentum and keep some sanity within the party.
The term superdelegate has since been trademarked by the DNC and MOP. It's been suggested that this was a scheme to make a mint off political commentary, but it's more likely they just wanted to keep the fact superdelegates exist somewhat secret from the public.
Effect on parties
The interesting thing about Superdelegates is that they've traditionally had a counter-effect to the voting populace. Heroes like Superman and Batman have championed farmer's subsidies and capitalism, respectively, on the Democratic side of the spectrum. Conversely, Spider-man and Professor Xavier are known for their civil rights advocation on the Republican side of the fence. As such, the core of each party has grown to resent the superdelegates. The system still exists, as there was a superhero boom following the advent of the superdelegate votes, and neither party wants to be seen as responsible for causing superheroes to stop doing their work.
The fact that many superdelegates are suspected of having a "secret identity" and, thus, have both a vote as a citizen of their district and an extra delegate vote of their own is a privilege cited by many as the main reason many superheroes got into the business, as no money nor other awards are given out. The superdelegate vote has been cited by several political commentators (such as Ann Coulter) as "what is wrong with America." The reasons for this being as diverse as the common complaint that all elections should be decided by popular vote to superheroes being "freaks of nature" who "don't deserve one vote, much less two" in America's elections.
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