Follow the link below for a telling series of comments from DNC Super Delegate Howard Dean and from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the process by which the Super Delegates cast their votes in the Democratic Primary.
When challenged on his decision to cast his Super Delegate vote for Hillary Clinton in the wake of Vermont voters selecting Bernie Sanders by an 86 to 13 percent majority, Dean responded that, “Super delegates don’t “represent people” I’m not elected by anyone. I’ll do what I think is right for the country.”
Similarly, DNC Chair Schultz (an ardent Clinton supporter) has explained the role of Super Delegates as a means by which the Democratic Party is protected from grass roots candidates, you know, the ones the people actually get behind. Far be it from the Party to allow actual voters to crash the process.
“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. We are as a Democratic Party really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention, and so we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse, committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend, and be a delegate at the convention. And so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.” – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
More Washingtonian Double Speak. There should be a Rosetta Stone guide to this language. The gist of it is that the Party wants the grassroots movements, the ones that could change the direction of the party and possibly bring it into the twenty first century, to be represented like a fly in amber, but then conveniently shelved in time to name the candidate the party wanted all along. Is the primary process just for show? The implication is that the Party exists as a philosophical plaything of a small group of elite social planners, and that the expressed will of the citizens of this country is understood more as a hindrance to their planning than as a validation of it.
Since his campaign for President began, Bernie Sanders has reminded us that the system is rigged. I can imagine him now, in his thickest New York accent, bending one arm upward at the elbow and shouting, “You want your rigged system?! I got it right here!”
Once again, we are witness to an election cycle where contests are exceedingly close. This year, the opposition candidate, frontrunner Donald Trump, is bringing voters out of the woodwork like never before. And yet, the party elders of the Democratic Party do not see any real need to support the will of their own base. After all, they know better than the voter what is good for the country (at least in terms of lobbyist funding for Democratic Super Pacs). It may surprise them in November to find that the voters think otherwise.
It is very interesting to note that on both sides of the hedge, Republican and Democrat, the party leaders still fail to grasp just how disgusted with party politics the voters have become. The grassroots movement to which they refer is spreading everywhere, on both sides of the fence. On that first Tuesday in November, the party faithful may show up for the victory rally and wonder where the party went.
For us, the voters, it is one more example of the reasons we need to vote our conscience and disregard the media pundits, the Super Pac advertising blitzes and the proclamations from the parties, themselves. If this country is ever to return from oligarchy to one in which the voice of the people resonates in Washington, it will be on our backs and on our votes.
Disregard the rhetoric. Look at the records. Decide for yourself whom this government should represent. Do not let anyone convince you to stay home because the decision has already been reached. Your vote matters. Vote your conscience.