During the Iowa Caucus, I was in London which provided lots of interesting material for future blogs. The day before the New Hampshire primary, my house flooded so needless to say I haven’t been as plugged in as usual as the election season unfolds.
Nevertheless, I heard a tidbit of information from the Democrats’ side of the equation that struck me as a bit ironic.
In case you haven’t heard, while Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary and she barely (allegedly) defeated him in Iowa, she still walks away with a commanding lead in the delegate count. In fact, from what I’ve read, she is currently ahead of Bernie by a 394 to 42 margin. A candidate needs 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
So how is Hillary so far ahead at this stage in the game?
Well she can thank a little anomaly of Democrat National Committee politics that came into being in the 1980’s called “superdelegates.” In DNC world, a superdelegate is a national or state elected official or a DNC member who gets a vote in the nominating process that isn’t tied in any way to how a particular state voted. There are 712 such individuals and clearly they wield lots of power.
Bernie Sanders’ routine campaign stump speech (yes, he and every other candidate repeat themselves constantly) includes a commitment to bring down the “billionaire class” who he alleges “rig the rules for themselves.”
In the United States, there are 536 billionaires. Believe it or not, many of them are Democrats. Evidently, they haven’t gotten the memo that the long knives and pitchforks are waiting for them. Bernie Sanders pledges to put these people in their place in a very serious way.
What’s ironic is the fact that 712 insiders in the Democrat Party provide the first hurdle in his ability to accomplish this feat. Evidently, no matter what Democrat voters say, the powerful elites who run things will have the final say in whether a Vermont socialist who wasn’t even a Democrat until 2015 or a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State serves as their standard bearer for 2016.
So it appears that Bernie Sanders’ more immediate problem isn’t “Wall Street and the billionaire class” as he decries daily on the campaign trail.
No, it’s the powerful cabal in the Democrat Party who he needs to first somehow sway to his side.
Under Democrat Party rules, a superdelegate can have a change of heart, so Hillary Clinton’s current vote tally isn’t set in stone. Still, unless Sanders can affect this change with many of them, it won’t matter how many college students across America “Feel the Bern,” the Vermont Senator will still have an uphill climb.
And if this challenge proves daunting and overwhelming, will the good Senator shift his immediate attack away from the evil billionaire class he despises to the group of elites that pose the biggest challenge for him in achieving his goal of a “socialist utopia” in the United States?
Stay tuned . . . .