Democrats have taken a half-hearted step toward addressing the lingering anger of party activists over their rigged 2016 nomination of what’s-her-name who then blew certain victory in November.
At its summer meeting in Chicago, the Democratic National Committee voted to deny its so-called super-delegates a vote in selecting which of the far-left wannabes the 2020 convention will nominate. Our colleague Jazz Shaw wrote here about the initial move.
You may remember their contested 2016 nominating process involving Bernie Sanders, who isn’t a Democrat but didn’t fall down on the campaign trail, challenging Hillary Clinton, who did though she’s six years younger.
Tucked away in her purse, which Huma Abedin always carried, were 716 supers, party seniors, DNC members, elected federal and local Dems who were not chosen by any party members.
That was Clinton’s ace-in-the-hole to get the 2,382 votes necessary in case the socialist got too close. Bernie didn’t then know how badly his defeat had been rigged by the party establishment. But he didn’t make a hopeless stink on the Philadelphia convention floor. Sanders went on to buy a third house.
And as everyone knows by now, Clinton went on to claim her certain victory as president in the November general election.
The Democratic establishment is kinda tattered now as the far-left wing of the party is rising and will likely produce the eventual nominee in what is certain to be a batch of wannabe Trump challengers even larger than the 17 starters in the 2016 GOP field. With so many seekers it’s quite possible no one will have the necessary majority when the convention opens.
As a sop to the left activists feigning reform, party chairman Tom Perez oversaw the vote to deny super-delegates any say. It sounds great, as many Democrat ideas do.
“Today,” Perez proclaimed Saturday, “we demonstrated the values of the Democratic Party. We trust you, we want you to join the party. We will listen to you, we want you to have a seat at the table.”
But there’s a catch, a big catch. Super-delegates cannot vote on the convention’s initial ballot. Wait for it. However, if there’s no winner then, they can weigh in for the establishment on all subsequent ballots. Some reform. This is also fail-safe protection for the down-ticket candidates. Should the primaries produce some loony, super-delegates can block her.
This is just one skirmish in what could be a party civil war if the socialist sentiment continues rising and the moderate center that produced Bill Clinton and an eight-year White House lease decide to fight back.
It’s quite similar to the GOP’s Tea Party uprising of 2009 that pushed the party toward the conservative side and produced a disgruntled rump posse of House disrupters now called the Freedom Caucus.