When we hear movie-makers like Michael Moore or Oliver Stone say “The election game is rigged,” they are alleging a conspiracy theory. A few of their audience members love conspiracies, but most of us dismiss them. Nevertheless, Democrat National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz last week confirmed that nearly all of the 712 unelected, unpledged, superdelegates are there to ensure a win by the DNC’s selected candidate.
Superdelegates are politicians chosen by the Democrat National Committee. They represent about fifteen percent of the delegate total. Nearly all will vote for Hillary Clinton at the Democrats’ National Convention.
In the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Clinton, outpolling her by an astounding twenty percent. Despite that victory, Sanders and Clinton received the same number of delegates, since superdelegates made up for Clinton’s huge deficit.
When CNN’s Jake Tapper last week asked DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz why her committee appointed superdelegates, she responded, “Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.” In other words, the DNC has created a covert method of ensuring that their previously selected candidate has a 15 percent advantage over anyone they consider to be a “grassroots activist.”
(Note to Sen. Bernie Sanders: You might as well head back to Vermont. The DNC has already anointed your opponent.)
In case anyone wonders whether Wasserman Schultz might be even-handed about her superdelegate selections, we should note that she was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair when Clinton faced Barack Obama in 2008.
After all of the campaigning and serious consideration of New Hampshire voters; after the Sanders and Clinton campaigns spent a combined total exceeding twenty million dollars on TV advertising; NONE OF IT COUNTED!
To be fair, Republicans also appoint some number of Super-Delegates. However, their superdelegates must support the candidate who wins the popular vote for the first ballot at Republican’s convention. Their superdelegate status favors no one unless there is an unlikely, multiple-ballot, “brokered” convention.
When pundits and media people answer questions about why the voting public is so angry, they need to consider voters—especially younger voters—who believe that the game is indeed rigged.
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