Will The Insiders Decide The Democratic Nominee?

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I’m started to get a little pissed off. I have heard for the first time about superdelegates tonight and I think it is extremely unfair.

Courtesy of U.S. Uncut:

You may have heard of superdelegates before today, but you may not have realized how antithetical the idea is to democracy itself until now.

Bernie Sanders took 60% of the popular vote among the Democratic race on Tuesday, but because of the delegate process, Bernie Sanders will leave with a minimum of 13 delegates. At the same time, challenger Hillary Clinton (who lost by more than a 20-point margin among the electorate) walks aways with no fewer than 15.

So how does that work?

To break it down, New Hampshire has 24 “pledged” delegates determined by the vote, of which Sanders won 13 and Clinton won 9. However, the state also put forward 8 “superdelegates,” who are insiders in the state’s Democratic party who are free to vote how they choose. Six of these are already pledged to Clinton, with the other two remaining undecided, meaning Sanders can, at best, tie with Clinton, despite his commanding lead.

In the national race, Clinton already has 394 delegates out of a total of 4,763, compared to only 42 for Bernie Sanders. Of those pledged to Clinton, 360 are superdelegates, whereas Sanders has only picked up 8 in this category. 2,382 delegates are needed to win the party’s nomination.

There is more at that link and it is an interesting short read. What it all boils down to is that the DNC appears to be in the bag for Hillary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, appears to very much in favour of Clinton. I wondered about the timing and number of debates and I have come to the conclusion that the DNC is trying to limit any exposure to Bernie Sanders.

I actually think that Hillary Clinton would make a fine president. So would Bernie Sanders. However, this superdelegate business seems to make a mockery of the voter’s wishes.

And that’s my two cents.

Oh, and Carly Demon Sheep Fiorina and Chris Bridgegate Christie have both suspended their campaigns.

Ben Carson is still trying to navigate his way off the stage  so that he can find his way home.

Update:

Please read Professor Canine’s link. It is in the first comment. I may have overreacted.

 

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15 Responses to Will The Insiders Decide The Democratic Nominee?

  1. ProfessorCanine says:

    After Sanders’ Big Win in New Hampshire, Establishment Figures Want to Scare You with Superdelegates. Here’s Why It’s Bullshit
    http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/02/after-sanders-big-win-in-new-hampshire-establishme.html

  2. irishgirl999 says:

    Thank you so much for that link.

  3. Sorry, but the exchange rate waters your Euro 2 cents down to .0177734 Euros.. I do agree that if the US can accept changes in technology, health and fitness, online education, marital equity, etc. etc., it’s also time to revisit some of the electoral practices that no longer stand the test of time in representing the populace.

  4. Tumbleweed1 says:

    Yo Prof,
    Gravity gets the best of us all in the end. It is all in how you deal with it at the time.

  5. PVAZ says:

    super delegates played a big role in 08 as well

  6. irishgirl999 says:

    For some reason I can’t access that link.

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