Moving left? Democrats strip superdelegates of nomination leverage

Moving left? Democrats strip superdelegates of nomination leverage
Tom Perez, DNC chair. (Image: Screen grab of PBS video)

[Ed. – This is being universally read as a move to prevent another Hillary-Bernie situation, in which Hillary took the superdelegates because of party pressure, even though Bernie won primary votes.  And in the existing situation, that’s the way to read it.  But existing situations change.  If not in 2020, it’s quite possible that by 2024, this move could allow a more centrist candidate, with some charisma sorely lacking in the prospective 2020 field, to vault over the hard left that has become the party core.]

Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating process, infuriating many traditionalists while handing a victory to the party’s left flank.

The measure’s overwhelming approval – met by cheers in a hotel ballroom here – concluded a tense summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, which had labored over the issue since 2016. Superdelegates that year largely sided with Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, enraging Sanders’ supporters.

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