Superdelegates Will Get Hounded On Hill Today

Now that the media's conventional wisdom has pushed Hillary Clinton to the brink of elimination, it's time to start hounding the superdelegates in Congress to make up their minds.

There are about 78 undecided Democratic superdelegates in Congress, and it's safe to say that many of them will get called, emailed, yelled at and downright stalked by reporters _ not to mention Barack Obama supporters _ pushing for commitments. For a complete list of superdelegates, check out this handy chart on Politico's home page.

So if you're someone like Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), you might want to duck those reporters in the Speaker's Lobby. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, where a primary looms around the corner, should probably use the back door during today's high profile Senate party luncheons. And if you're Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has pushed superdelegates to make up their minds by mid-June, presidential questions may dominate your energy bill news conference.

The uncommitted superdelegates in Congress come from all over the country and both ends of the Democratic political spectrum. They include moderate Dems like Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and liberals like Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. A handful of congressional leaders remain neutral, so if you see Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) in the hallway, don't be offended if he runs the other way. The poor guy worked for Clinton yet represents Obama's home state.

At some point, the cascade of superdelegate decisions will begin, but it's not clear whether that will start today, tomorrow or three weeks from now. The more interesting question is which of these lawmakers will have the guts to go public first?