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Serody: The War on Bernie Sanders

Written by  Bob Serody

Posted February 14, 2016
National Presidential Debates Commentary / Hillary-Bernie
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The War on Bernie Sanders
By Bob Serody

The people who support Bernie Sanders are mostly young people, both women and men, who appreciate a smart, educated person with experience in politics and a proven record of success on critical issues that no one else is addressing in the race for president. What’s even more important, he is consistent in his views, and his past record shows that he is totally dependable.

I know I’m preaching to the Bernie Sanders choir, but there’s a strong force out there I’d like to bring to your attention. There are superdelegates that will come to the Democratic Convention of 2016 with the purpose of handing the nomination to Hillary Clinton. Since Bernie Sanders is a superdelegate, we can depend on at least one vote in his favor. How do they differ from the delegates that are won fair and square in the state primaries (delegates that are determined either from state-wide totals or by the votes from congressional districts)?

We have to go back to George McGovern, the insurgent candidate, who won out against the party establishment and then got beaten by 20 points in the national election in a gigantic landslide. After the 1980 election, the Hunt Commission was formed to prevent a similar blowout by coming up with superdelegates, members of the National Committee, of which there are just over 400. They consist of Democratic members of the US House and US Senate, and Democratic governors, a total of 712. These superdelegates would serve as ‘wise’ persons choosing a nominee who would give more weight to the considerations of electability. After all, these groups of politicians know better than those who previously voted them into office, which sends the message that elections cannot be trusted to the voters, who need guidance from the self-professed elites of the Democratic Party.

Today, in spite of the results from Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton leads Sanders by 394 delegates to 44 when superdelegates are included. Debby Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, calls them unpledged delegates who are there to ensure diversity against so-called ‘grass-roots’ delegates.

If Bernie wins the vote of the grass roots delegates and loses the nomination to Hillary Clinton because of pledged superdelegates, this could have an adverse effect on the presidential elections. Many people who support Bernie Sanders would call this outcome a rigged nomination and might not show up on Election Day to support Hillary Clinton. This in turn could result in the election of either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. Without a fair outcome in the selection of the Democratic nominee, this could have unintended consequences, a thought that might be pondered by those superdelegates who profess to know what’s best for the Democratic Party.

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Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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