Published on May 18, 2016
http://democracynow.org - The relationship between the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party leadership has been challenging from the start of the 2016 election campaign, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began the primaries with a more than 400-delegate lead by securing support from superdelegates—the 712 congressmembers, senators, governors and other elected officials who often represent the Democratic Party elite. Now a new article from In These Times by Branko Marcetic uncovers "The Secret History of Superdelegates," which were established by the Hunt Commission in 1982. We are joined by Jessica Stites, executive editor of In These Times and editor of the site’s June cover story, and Rick Perlstein, the Chicago-based reporter and author of several books, including "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America."
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Will 712 Democratic Officials Decide their 2016 Primary? The Secret History of Superdelegates
The Democratic presidential primary has been interesting to watch to say the least. Hillary Clinton was always going the be the candidate and the insiders guaranteed it using the decades old super delegate system. The reaction of the Sanders' supporters to this process was puzzling. The same Bernie backers that want a nanny-state object to a party process where the DNC acts as their nannny through the super-delegate? The DNC has a built in safe guard to protect the Republic and the Democratic party from mob rules.
The background on the super-delegate system as reported by