Enough with the Superdelegates

I planned to write this post a month ago, but as always, I got distracted and the uproar faded.

superdelegateOn one side, Bernie Sanders supporters were freaking out that Hillary Clinton technically got the same number of delegates as him thanks to superdelegates. Superdelegates are elected Democrat officials in each state who are automatically delegates to the convention. They were implemented in large part after the George McGovern and Jesse Jackson campaigns. Both put a scare in the establishment that a far left rabble rouser might get the nomination. Neither did in the end because they were too narrow, not because of superdelegates.

On the other side, libertarians were gleefully cheering that those who wanted more government were getting a taste of their own medicine in a sense. They also were sadistically happy that after Ron Paul was partially robbed by the GOP establishment, Sanders looked headed for the same. “Maybe now they will see that government and political parties are not the answer”. Maybe, indeed.

Lets not leave out the media, in their (understandable) urge to drive clicks, reads, and attention, trumpeted this “fiasco” and the unfairness. Boy, how they manipulate us all. Dozens of articles all over covered the “controversy” as if nothing like this had ever happened before. Outrage blew up and then went back to normal as everyone plodded onward.

In the end, everyone was just dead wrong. This happened just eight years ago in the Obama-Clinton battle. Most of the superdelegates, albeit not as many as support her now, went for her over him. There was the same uproar and concern about the voice of the people. Would these officials use their right to “save” the party from the Illinois upstart? Again, in the end, they came around. Obama turned the tide, and many superdelegates switched. Why wouldnt the same happen now?

obama-and-hillary

Sanders, unfortunately, is farther behind than Obama ever was and while the calendar favors him a bit now, its a tough road. He needs to win and win big in states like New York, Pennsylvania, and especially California. A big win in Washington this past weekend helped a lot and boosted the campaign, but those big states are needed. Polls, however, dont seem to favor him, so it may all be moot. If he does pull it off and at the end of the contest, has more delegates than her, the idea that this would be overturned is simply hard to believe. It was all much ado about nothing and everyone got taken along for a ride. The superdelegates should be completely disregarded until mid June. They still technically have to be wooed, but they arent pledged until they cast votes on the floor. Who they endorse publicly now is irrelevant.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Enough with the Superdelegates

  1. Pingback: How to Be a Libertarian | Jewish Libertarians

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s