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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Democracy vs. Superdelegates

Coalition for Grassroots Progress
March 23, 2016


You’d think that a political party with the word “democratic” in its name would be a party that promotes democracy through all the levels of its membership, right?

But as Norman Solomon points out in a piece recently published in the Marin IJ, the Democratic Party’s superdelegate system has established “internal barriers to democracy” that can prevent the people’s will from being carried out when the party selects its presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention. 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair, said recently that the superdelegates "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." That’s practically the definition of an internal barrier to democracy.

Even though California has not yet held its primary election, more than half of the superdelegates from California, including the 2nd Congressional District’s member of Congress, Jared Huffman, have already pledged their support to Hillary Clinton.

You can read Norman’s important article here. Meanwhile, the North Bay Bohemian and the Pacific Sun published this very interesting look by reporter Tom Gogola at the effect California’s primary election might have on Bernie Sanders’ chances for the nomination.

Our June 7 primary election is approaching, and you can help us prepare for Bernie Sanders. Our “100 Door-Knocks for Bernie” project is getting ready for its second round of grassroots voter contact, with new materials and neighborhood contact lists.

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