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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform in Albany, New York, U.S. June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Sanders Delegates Push DNC To Create Commission To Reform Anti-Democratic Superdelegates And Caucus Process

After a contentious afternoon in which the Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee voted down a series of proposals from the Sanders delegation to reform the most glaring anti-democratic features of the party’s primary and caucus process, negotiators met in secret for several hours and forged an agreement to create a reform commission to change those rules for future elections.

July 25, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Anaheim, California, United States, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Sanders Should Stop Scheming

Bernie Sanders is now behind Hillary Clinton by almost 400 pledged delegates and nearly 4 million popular votes. Spare us the commentary on the crowds, the passion and the noise. The voters clearly prefer Hillary.

June 9, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a speech during a campaign stop in Lynwood, California, United States June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination: AP Delegate Count

Hillary Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press said on Monday, putting her on course to become the first woman to head a major U.S. party ticket.

June 6, 2016
Supporters greet Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Carson, California, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sanders Increasingly Appears Petulant And Shortsighted

There is an axiom, frequently quoted to younger folk who are facing difficulty, that says you are more accurately judged by your response to adversity than your response to advantage. There’s much truth in that — and Sanders, who is no longer young, should know it.

May 20, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally in Stockton, California, United States, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Superdelegates Created The Modern Democratic Party – Will They End It?

Superdelegates weren’t established to be democratic. They were established to be Democrats. That’s what I found reading though In These Times magazine’s exclusive trove of documents from the proceedings from the 1982 Hunt Commission — the origin story of Democratic superdelegates.

May 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders Legitimizes Those Damned Superdelegates

Beyond his disorderly abandonment of what was advertised as a democratic principle, Bernie Sanders has now validated the role of the superdelegates, no matter whom they ultimately choose.

May 4, 2016
Sanders at the National Press Club.

Bernie Sanders Wants It All

In a news conference Sunday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Sanders made explicit a strategy that his campaign has flirted with from its start: urging so-called superdelegates, or unbound delegates, to change their vote according to the results in those states where either candidate won “landslide victories.”

May 2, 2016
A man walks though a crowd of supporters with a cut-out depicting Bernie Sanders before a campaign event in Miami, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Sanders’ Supporters Are Lashing Out, But Here’s How They Might Be Hurting His Campaign

“Why is Bernie Sanders letting these people loose on us?” said superdelegate Shawn Bagley, a Hillary Clinton backer who says he’s been branded corrupt, immoral and thickheaded by Sanders fans. “He lost my vote at 2 a.m.”

April 15, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leaves after holding a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington March 25, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder -

Bernie Sanders’s Superdelegate Hypocrisy

After Sanders’s huge wins in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii on Saturday, he went on television to make his case. “A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton,” he said on CNN.

March 28, 2016