I actually feel real, genuine empathy right now…for Bernie Sanders supporters.
If you’re like me, all the talk about delegates and superdelegates and how in the world Bernie Sanders has so many fewer delegates than Hillz right now kinda makes your head spin. Which is why I was really glad to see a segment on Greta which sort of began to explain it:
After watching that though, I still wondered, “Who ARE these superdelegates and why do they have so much power?” and I wondered if it worked the same way on the GOP side as it does on the Democrat side. And so I researched. And this article broke it down really well. Here’s the main point though, which is why I feel empathy for Sanders supporters. Their side is completely rigged.
There are 4051 Democrat delegates, and 712 of those are superdelegates (or, those who are unpledged/unbound to any specific candidate, and who can vote for whoever they want, no matter what their home state popular vote says.) Those superdelegates include:
1. All Democrat governors
2. All Democrat senators
3. All Democrat congressional representatives
4. Some Democrat big city mayors and state lawmakers
5. All former Democrat presidents, vice presidents, US Senate leaders, and speakers of the House
6. President Obama
7. All members of the DNC.
Quite a list, huh? What that means, essentially, is that the people listed above wield far more power than regular, normal people in the election process. So when you hear Democrats say that every vote counts, you need to remember that some votes count far more than others. Real democratic, huh?
Now, on the GOP side, things work differently, and far more democratically.
Republicans have 2472 delegates, 168 of which are superdelegates, and those 168 people are RNC members. However, they are NOT allowed to vote for whoever they want at the convention. They can only support whoever their state supports, which means that they’re really not “super” at all. They’re just delegates.
Pretty interesting, isn’t it? That the GOP delegates will be voting according to the will of the people, whereas the Democrat delegates will simply vote according to their own, personal selfish interests?
Their side is majorly rigged. And Sanders supporters are right to be pissed off. If he continues to win primaries, and is the clear popular choice, it may not matter at all. The will of the people be damned. There are 712 people who will decide for them, because they know what’s best. This is the party who claims to be for the little guy. The one who touts its diversity and inclusion. The one who insists Voter ID laws cause disenfranchisement.
Just remember, Democrat voters – when you vote for your elected officials, you’re giving away your own power to them.
Nice party you got there, Dems. Your elitism is showing.