At the convention, if the Delegate voting is extremely close - Do you think the Clinton's will approach the Super-Delegates and call in favors or lean on them to force their vote in Hillary's direction ?
I'm pretty everyone will do that! As of right now, there are huge numbers of delegates already pledged to a candidate that dropped out. Either they can go in and choose who they would like to vote for, or if they candidate that they were originally supporting wants to have his/her votes cast for a certain candidate, they would usually cast them for that person. It is obviously going to be McCain for the Republican party, as Huckabee's chances of winning are astronomical! Yet it is still very close between Obama and Clinton. Because of this, I have a good feeling that they will both use all their methods possible to win over the votes of the Super-Delegates unpledged to a certain candidate. They obviously can't force them to vote, but by making good speaches and using other mechanics of which I am unaware, I am sure some persuasion and pressure will be put on, and not just from Clinton! xx
Much of the support for Obama comes from people previously disinterested in politics. Obama has inspired people. If Obama wins more delegates but the superdelegates hand it to Clinton a lot of people are going to be disillusioned. Disillusioned people tend to either stay home and not vote or cast a protest vote.
I don't think the Democratic party can afford to give it to Clinton unless she wins more delegates.
Of course there will be pressure coming in from all sides. Hillary Clinton has devoted quite of bit of effort, time and treasure into this campaign and she is a person who will do everything that she can think of to accomplish her goal.
My personal opinion is that the Clintons represent everything that's wrong with American politics, but I could be wrong.
Read this, this morning: Clintons proclaim that superdelegates should feel free to ignore the wishes of the folks back home - They openly predict that they'll demand the seating of the Michigan and Florida delegations, thus bypassing their own party's rules.
That's pretty much how the process works, so yes.