The Not So Super Delegates, Democratic Politics

posted by Claudia Mendoza - 

A new day in Democratic politics. The not so superdelegates. This is part of my daily important headlines and it comes from CNBC, DNC votes to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations.

Long before Peter Strzok was a household name, before the Comey show, before anyone outside of Washington had heard of Fusion GPS and even before President Obama said Russian meddling wasn’t an issue for the 2016 elections, the scandal in Democratic politics came down to super-delegates.  

The bottom line is that Hillary Clinton didn’t win enough delegates from voters to clinch the nomination for President and couldn’t have done it without her bevy of superdelegates.  

Without getting too into the weeds about the specifics of the Democrat’s 2016 Presidential nomination process once again, Hillary Clinton came up 177 delegates short of winning the party nomination. She managed to win just 54% of the non-super delegates head to head with Bernie Sanders but magically managed to be credited with 93% of all of the Democrats “superdelegates.” By the way, these weren’t tied to voters and allowed her to cruise to the nomination at the convention. This was all part of the alleged “fixing” of the primary that Sander’s supporters railed about. What Democrats did over the weekend was to leave the superdelegate model in place and just count those votes only after an initial vote at the convention if a winner still hasn’t emerged.  

It’s unclear what the impact on the 2016 process would have been, had this rule been in place. But, it’s at least 50% more “Democratic” than their previous process.  

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