It’s become almost a ritual now: Hillary Clinton wins a primary that her campaign characterizes as a game-changer, and the Obama campaign follows up with endorsements from superdelegates, the only constituency that really matters now.
That trend continued today with the endorsement of David Wu, a representative from Oregon.
One Obama staffer I talked to about what seems to be a very deliberate strategy said that there is a misperception in the press that the campaign has a trove of spare superdelegates. The staffer said that, at most, the superdelegates are asked to wait a couple of days before making their endorsements public, and that in those cases, it’s because it just doesn’t make sense to declare them when they’ll be overshadowed by other news, like, say, the results of a primary.
“The way we have been doing this all along is to try and roll out one or two a day,” the staffer said. “Rolling them out that way shows consistency.”
Still, though: “If we could roll out five the day after the primary, of course we would. It would be a show of strength.”