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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.