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Don’t Let Superdelegates (or Anything Else) Scare You Out of Voting

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After Bernie Sanders’ decisive win in the New Hampshire primary, a brouhaha has erupted over the delegate count. More specifically, the role of superdelegates has been highlighted, and many of Senator Sanders’ supporters have been left with the impression that the primary process is rigged in order to hand the nomination to Hillary Clinton. In response, comments by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz did little to quell the unrest.

In response, there was a lot of related commentary on the Internet, much of it aimed at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), chaired by Schultz. The DNC had previously come under fire for setting a questionable debate schedule and temporarily rescinding the Sanders campaign’s right to access their own data on the DNC’s file server.

It should be no surprise that Hillary Clinton has long been the anticipated Democratic nominee, and it should be no surprise that the Democratic Party’s establishment would do anything in their power to fend off a challenger. The biggest surprise is that a challenger would emerge and threaten a replay of 2008, when Barack Obama ended Hillary Clinton’s aspirations. The real possibility that Bernie Sanders may be the peoples’ choice in 2016 has struck fear in the hearts the Clinton campaign.

The maneuvering will take many paths over the course of the campaign.

Statements by feminist icon Gloria Steinem and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright have been walked back and have likely backfired, as has comments by John Lewis implying that the Clintons have more civil rights cred than Bernie Sanders. The Clinton campaign finds itself in a similar position as Republican candidates challenging Donald Trump. Transparent establishment tactics directed against a perceived outsider have the opposite effect of what was intended.

In the case of the controversy arising over the role of superdelegates, many Sanders supporters will undoubtedly be even more motivated to buck the establishment. That is not a bad thing, but some will become more apathetic. If they are led to believe that Hillary is still the inevitable nominee, they may lose interest in the primary process and decide not to vote.

I saw this sentiment displayed prior to a related post on IVN. In another venue, I saw someone post an article explaining the role and relevance of superdelegates. It was reassuring to those who may have given up hope on the viability of Bernie’s candidacy.

When I saw IVN’s post of February 12, 2016, I read many comments lamenting the fact that the primary was rigged and asking whether voting was an exercise in futility. I began responding to those comments by posting a link to the article I had seen earlier. The comments in this vein were numerous, so I posted the link many times as individual responses.

It was not long before I received a notification to slow down, because my activity might be considered spam. I did “slow down,” but was ultimately blocked from sharing the link further. Facebook gave me an option to comment on why their action may have been unwarranted, and I did — on three separate occasions.

As of this writing, I am still unable to share the link on Facebook. So, having heard of the passing of a champion of free speech (Antonin Scalia) I offer the following link for anyone who may be overly concerned about superdelegates within the Democratic Party: click here.

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168 comments
Roger Marshall
Roger Marshall

I have seen and have a list of the "super delegates". I have not been to a convention. I know parts of the media are saying the super delegate lead Clinton has is a huge barrier to overcome. Others say they will go with the popular vote at the convention. The fact that the NH super delegates have not switched after seeing the popular vote is disturbing. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quoted as saying the system is designed to stop grass roots movements. I believe that the people I have helped get elected should reflect with their vote the will of their constituents.

Ben Hardin
Ben Hardin

Have you or anybody reading this ever seen a list of super delegates and how each of them voted in a political convention?

Ben Hardin
Ben Hardin

You have a point but I don't think it would stand up in court inasmuch as political parties are private organizations or so they claim despite their official capacity to determine whose names are on the general election ballot.

Gloria Filerino
Gloria Filerino

Vote .Hillary Bernie is needed more than ever in the Senate

Sherman Owens
Sherman Owens

Who ever wins will still be subject to the control of the super rich. Corporations will dictate the desires of the Rothschilds and his cronies. Anybody attempting to undermine a family worth 500 trillion dollars will end up dead!

Dreama Small
Dreama Small

I believe elections should be popular vote only

Lora Emery
Lora Emery

I agree.. Knowing that the system is rigged undermines the innate belief that our voice means anything.. That at at the end of the day, any effort put in to make a difference in the political environment will be for naught... Why suffer when there is no gain? Apathy and downright discouragement are more dangerous than any weapon in the fight to better ourselves.. I believe in my heart that's what the oligarchy wants..

James Woodard
James Woodard

Agreed. Thank you. Untill these people wake up -nochange.

Willie Forst
Willie Forst

eliminate their free money see how long they will be delegating

Steve Noga
Steve Noga

IMO the DNC & GOP have gone beyond the point of no return for saving the establishment voting. WE The People are no longer listening.

Edward Renner
Edward Renner

What this election has made abundantly clear is that non-partisan candidates such as Bernie Sanders (and yes, Donald Trump also) face an incredibly corrupt and establishment rigged election process. From super-delegates to donations by agenda driven billionaires and Wall Street gnomes, the degree of blatant and unapologetic corruption has exceeded even what conspiracy theorists might believe.

Justin Barry
Justin Barry

Voting is a sham. Your choice doesn't matter.

Kim Jurincic
Kim Jurincic

#DonaldTrump.....Proud S.E Michigander Female Voting TRUMP for President and will not back down!!.......Trump for our Vets/Military!!!

Mike Logan
Mike Logan

Richard Sills this is getting old...he is running as a Democrat...PERIOD

Bill Frenger
Bill Frenger

I just hope he gets a chance to run. I believe Bernie has won the majority if not ALL of these Primary's and I think we can agree on that. In spite of this, it appears that Bernie's obvious domination is being intentionally played down in most if not all quarters of their stinking $Media$. To me this smells like their typical "White American $Capitalist$" Brainwash tactic. I REALLY HOPE I AM WRONG but it looks like we are being set up for the DNC's Sucker Punch when they nominate their $Status-Quo$ Puppet regardless of what we vote for. We cannot expect any Justice in this country unless the President can find and Appoint an ethical and moral Human to the Supreme court. I hope Bernie has a plan. This will be a Bitter test of our will. We must be strong and continue to give Bernie and each other all the support we can regardless of the outcome.

Jean S Carpenter
Jean S Carpenter

s I don't think so!Sanders was a bum for 40 years then thi

Claire Laskowski
Claire Laskowski

Say what you will about the right. Their voters are anything but apathetic. In fact, they are so angry and h*ll bent determined to RA take over this country that there is absolutely nothing that will keep them from voting. The left needs to get its act together and stop threatening to not vote if their candidate isn't nominated. There's too much at stake to risk losing this election.

Kathy McQueen
Kathy McQueen

Vote always vote. people have died to obtain the right to vote. VOTE

Sal Russo
Sal Russo

If Bernie doesn't stay on as an independent should the DNC have its way, the Green Party is as close to Bernie's platform as one could get. Jill Stein would be a great option. Remember how the Green Party impacted the 2000 election? Nader got 1000 votes in Florida. Gore lost Florida by 500 votes. Precedent shows that we can demand Bernie as the nominee for the Democratic Party or else, and the DNC should be terrified of Bernie's base undermining Hillary's chances in a general election. Not to mention, she is so exposed and inconsistent, she will leave this primary with her political brand destroyed. The Republicans will have a field day with her. Couple that with low turnout due to lack of excitement and trust, and a mass defection to a third party. Hillary is a loser of a candidate. Not viable.

Bernice Barnett
Bernice Barnett

Yes, don't give up that is what the DNC wants. Vote Bernie!! We can do this.

Pete Alvarado
Pete Alvarado

All the more reason we must win so changes can be made.Democracy as it now stands is a farce.

Dennis Jacques
Dennis Jacques

This IS the way it IS because the Demonrats wanted it that way.... it is no longer "One man, one vote!" it is "we don't CARE how you vote!" Demonrats,most of whom are drug crazed perverts, gave their party admins the right to tell them to stuff themselves, they'd get whoever the bigwig admins DECIDED that they would get... this isn't new, you know!

Norm Braveman
Norm Braveman

I agree...and it's exactly why DWS and her cronies are digging in and not moving. She will ruin what used to be the people's party and make it even more like the old GOP.

Andi Johnson
Andi Johnson

The role of super delegates is only news to those a) who haven't been paying attention or b) young voters just joining the political process. The US is a republic, not a democracy.

Michele Abrams
Michele Abrams

I'll still VOTE; however, I am afraid many people will not.

Bobby Towe Sr.
Bobby Towe Sr.

The thing I would like to get across is simply this: Your vote does not count if you don't vote, step up vote and let your voice be heard regardless of who your choice is.

Larry Wineland
Larry Wineland

Kerry Woods That's exactly what those who want to run the system, want us to think.

Doomstead Diner
Doomstead Diner

If voting didn't matter, why would both parties spend so much effort and treasure to influence, repress or otherwise steal it?

Cyndy Bowman Odenwald
Cyndy Bowman Odenwald

I'm hoping, when a candidate gets 50% of the popular vote but none of the delegates, more people start asking why. I think most people don't even realize the President is not elected by popular vote.

Kathleen Brooks
Kathleen Brooks

The Democrats stack the deck it's futile to vote for a candidate because of the super delegates.

Kerry Dennis
Kerry Dennis

Deborah Noman There is a big difference between democratic socialism and communist based socialism. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a democratic socialist. That is where Social Security came from. It might be a good idea to read about the different kinds of socialism before you judge others who have.

Kerry Woods
Kerry Woods

i wonder how many "average" Americans, as well as so-called political analysts, are aware of the metamorphosis the Conservatism is undergoing, w/o being directed or intended by those who identify as leaders of traditional conservatism? change IS happening, mostly independent of anyone's direction(a good thing almost certainly). in that sense Trump is performing an essential service. something else that strikes me is how political ideology and party loyalty hamstring candidates from making changes in their thinking even when they are sincere in having come to a realization that they were wrong on some earlier issue: no one is allowed to have a change of stance w/o being called either a flip-flopper, a liar or disloyal to their own and their parties principles.

Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom

a disaster in the making. may the blob of the universe help us.

Steve Kemmerer
Steve Kemmerer

Voting isn't for convenience. It's closer to being a civic responsibility. Think of people in other countries who'd love an opportunity like this.

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Kerry Woods
Kerry Woods

William Scully except that it's up to the individual to not allow themselves be confused, i'm in agreement. if someone has to tell you how to read the political tea leaves, they'll tell you what they want you to think.

James Ungefug
James Ungefug

We should adopt the Brazilian election system. You vote head to head for president but for Congress and Senate you vote for your parties seats. So if your candidate got say 15% of the vote you got 15 seats. That way every persons voice is heard rather than ran over! Its not fair in either party having the same establishment candidates forced on you.

Dianne Bush
Dianne Bush

I am a Bernie supporter and I'm gonna stay a Bernie supporter

John Taylor
John Taylor

With all the issues left undone...poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and particularly diabetes and heart disease in the South its strange Republicans focus on sex, the bible, guns, abortion and the evils of family planning?

Deborah Noman
Deborah Noman

Nope not a chance. I lived in a socialist country. It's not burger king you don't get it your way and look how expensive CA is. We will all be poor with his crazy taxes and no nothing is free college really do you live in oo la land

Deborah Noman
Deborah Noman

So tired of the bashing and insults. Stick to the issues. These candidates show a bad example to our youth. The lack of respect and name calling but we want our children to not do this and show respect. How could they when these so called intelligent adults act worse than kids. With all the negativity they make me so that I don't want to vote. Government is all about control and what's good for the party. We are becoming puppets and people have tunnel vision and do not see what's in front of them. I have a hard time in wanting to vote now because there is no one. That has character or integrity and is really a good decent person so how can you vite when you have no belief in these sorry candidates they have made me feel this way.