As Democrats struggle to present a united front in advance of the 2018 Midterm elections, the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election looms large as the party seeks to address the issue of superdelegates once and for all.
The division makes it clear that the DNC has never really recovered from the division between Hillary Clinton’s supporters and Bernie Sanders’ supporters, and are at risk of losing progressive votes if they don’t make their rigged system more open and transparent.
While the superdelegates don’t affect state primary votes for governors and members of Congress, the DNC does need party members who are still resentful over the 2016 election debacle to promote its candidates.
At present, there are over seven hundred super-delegate DNC members who are not bound by state primary votes when casting a vote for the party’s presidential candidate. These superdelegates make up 16% of all delegates, and have the power to sway the party’s primary election one way or the other. In 2016, most of the superdelegates favored Hillary Clinton in spite of the fact that Bernie Sanders had a great deal of grassroots support.
These super-delegates, working in tandem with other members of the DNC, rigged the process in Hillary’s favor, making it clear to its supporters that it had the right to override their feelings on important issues. In fact, as a veteran member of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee recently pointed out, superdelegates were created by the party with the specific purpose of working against the public primary process. However, widespread awareness and resentment of the superdelegates is leading the party to seriously consider doing away with at least more than half of them.
Another idea under consideration by the party is allowing only elected officials to retain superdelegate status. Additionally, some party members have proposed that any remaining superdelegates should only be allowed to vote at the DNC convention if there is no clear consensus candidate. In such an instance, superdelegates would vote in the second round of voting, but not the first.
The DNC hopes that both Bernie and Hillary loyalists can come to an agreement on the issue by the end of August at the latest, as it is rightfully concerned that the focus on internal discussions and lack of unity will overshadow the message that it wants to get out to voters. However, even an agreement on this thorny issue won’t heal the divisions that are already arising in the Democrat primary process.
Even the mainstream media has been unable to ignore the fact that the Democrat party is doing everything in its power to sideline progressive candidates favored by Sanders supporters in and outside the DNC ranks. In races across the United States, the DNC is endorsing and promoting traditional candidates, running roughshod over party activists and voters who want to see real change in the Democratic party and its beliefs. Clearly, Democrat party leaders feel that it needs to select what it deems to be “winning candidates” who have a chance of flipping GOP-held seats; however, the party is ignoring the fact that its attempts to travel this same road in 2016 led to total disaster. What is more, the DNC needs Sanders’ supporters in order to have any chance of retaking the White House in 2020, and these supporters are sure to want more than a simple reduction of superdelegates.
The super-delegate controversy is unlikely to go away anytime soon as DNC insiders struggle to retain control of the primary process. How the issue is resolved remains to be seen, but what is certain is that it will affect not only the 2018 mid-term elections, but also the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.
A political party needs votes in order to survive and thrive. A party that seeks to deny the will of the people in favor of choosing candidates in an undemocratic manner may score a few victories as it chooses some winning candidates; however, it will lose big in the long run as people begin refusing to support those who no longer take their wishes into account.
~ Conservative Zone