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Back in the early 1980s, Jim Hunt chaired a commission that changed the Democratic Party’s presidential-nomination process.

What he did then may matter this year.

Hunt’s commission – whose staff director was David Price, then executive director of the state party – created a class of “superdelegates.” These are elected officials (Senators, Congressmen and Governors) and party leaders who are automatic delegates to the convention. People like Ted Kennedy.

The superdelegates are unbound by primaries and caucuses, free to follow their consciences – or their personal agendas.

There will be about 800 superdelegates among the 4,049 Democratic delegates. It takes 2,025 to win.

Suppose Clinton and Obama split the remainder something like 1,800-1,400.

Will the superdelegates pick the nominee in a back room? Smoke-free, of course.

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