A party of the superdelegates, by the superdelegates and for the superdelegates. You gotta love the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party. They are the self-professed champions for the little people – the people who don’t have a voice – when in fact the elitists snobs who run the show have nothing but contempt for those who vote for them; hence, the superdelegates.
How did these Bolsheviks come up with this scheme? The Christian Science Monitor reported the following:
What’s the origin of the less-than-democratic superdelegate practice? Roughly speaking, it’s a reaction against the perceived chaos of the party’s open nomination process from 1972 through 1980.
Post-1968 reforms had stripped party leaders of their old power to greatly influence the nomination. So in 1972, Democratic voters chose liberal Sen. George McGovern. Democratic elites weren’t happy, foreseeing – correctly – that he’d get crushed.
Nor were they pleased by the rise of outsider Jimmy Carter. Many thought a stronger candidate could have defeated Ronald Reagan in 1980, or at least headed off the divisive primary challenge of Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Thanks superdelegates for saving us from ourselves!