Bernie supporters finally getting to fix being in for Hillary.
Via KC Star:
It’s the ultimate establishment vs. anti-establishment clash, and what’s coming up as Democrats come to Philadelphia for their convention could be the final battle.
It’s the battle over the superdelegates, party officials unbound by any election results. They’re overwhelmingly for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., want the system changed.
They have two hopes: That this year’s superdelegates change their minds (highly unlikely) or that the system gets changed for 2020 (maybe).
Clinton has 602 superdelegates to Sanders’ 48. Without them, she would fall short of the 2,343 needed to nominate, though she would still have far more delegates than Sanders. The final tally, including superdelegates, was Clinton, 2,807, Sanders, 1,894.
The superdelegate system was created in the early 1980s as a way to give the party insiders more say about the nominee. There were fears among more centrist Democrats that the party’s nominating process was too tilted towards liberals who can’t get elected.
The bid to overhaul the system has strong support from liberal groups still lukewarm about Clinton. They claim to have enough support to force a full convention vote, probably Monday.
“The super delegate system undermines the promise of one person one vote that is bedrock of democracy,” maintained Deborah Burger, co-president of National Nurses United and a Rules Committee member. The committee will discuss the subject later Saturday.
To Burger and others, curbing the influence of superdelegates would send a powerful signal. Superdelegates, she said, were “created to block the nomination of candidates who would challenge a political system that has for far too long been dominated by corporate interests and a wealthy elite.”