The democratic nomination process for a presidential candidate is horrendous and it was on full display in the 2016 election. The party insiders were able to tip the scale in Hillary Clinton’s favor with the use of “super delegates”. Super delegates are unique to Democrats, the Republicans do not have such a thing and for good reason. Normally, candidates win a certain number of delegates based on the voting block and population size of the area. As the candidates go through the process, states hold elections or caucuses, and these will elections award delegates based off the direct votes from the people. Once you have over 50% of the delegates, you win. This year it will take the democratic candidate 1,991 delegates to lock-in the nomination. Here is a snapshot of the race as it currently stands.
These delegates are called pledged delegates, meaning the delegates are bound to whom the respective populous voted for. The Democrats had a panic button built into their nomination process for when someone like Bernie Sanders, a much un-liked senator, has a meteoric rise in the voting process. Super Delegates. These are sort of like regular delegates, but much cooler. These votes are cast by Democratic Party insiders, such as, former Presidents (Obama is a Super Delegate), Vice Presidents, Senators, Governors, and anyone else the DNC decides to give voting power to. These Super Delegates actually take up about 15% of the total delegate count. That is insane. The couple hundred party insiders have complete control of 15% of the entire process. Imagine what would happen if you were able to get 15% of the entire voting population to be on your side? That is pretty much a guaranteed victory. This is what the Democrats did for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Look at the Super Delegate votes in the last election:
Hillary Clinton was able to corral 80% of the total super delegates away from Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton ended with 2,775.5 total delegates compared to Bernie’s 1,889.5. A whopping 886 delegate count difference. Now look at the total without the super delegates. That total is 2,205 for Hillary and 1,846 for Bernie. A difference of only 359 delegates. Which happens to be just about 15% of the votes required to hit 50% of delegates. Hillary could have lost the pledged delegated count (actual voters) and still won the nomination due to having 80% of the super delegates (party insiders). Stripping the voters of their voice. This could be done with any candidate, not just Hillary. The Democratic Party nomination process was clearly rigged.
In August of 2018, the DNC announced a change to their nomination rules. Super delegates will no longer be able to declare their delegates for any candidate before the first ballot at the convention. What does this mean? As long as the voters can find a nominee that wins 50% or more of the delegate count, there will be no super delegate influence whatsoever. Super delegates can only be used in contested convention scenarios, wherein the democrats fail to produce a nominee with 50% of the delegates before the convention.
I will list my source here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/25/us/politics/superdelegates-democrats-dnc.html
This means that if Bernie Sanders rises as he had in 2016, there will be no looming cloud of super delegates polluting his path. Before this change, I would say confidently that there is no way the Democrats would allow Bernie Sanders the nomination because they controlled the whole process with the super delegates. Now, they have relinquished their power to the voters. If the Democrats produce a nominee with over 50% of the delegates before the convention, they can’t do anything about it. And that person could very well be Bernie Sanders. There’s no telling what the modern democrats will do. I find both millennial and boomer democrats to be insane, but that’s why I’m not a democrat in the first place. The prospect of a potential Bernie nominee is possible and almost likely, considering this drastic change from democrats, allowing the people to vote.
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