Chaos in Nevada: The Sanders Campaign Just Made the Most Effective Case for Superdelegates to Back Clinton

Chaos in Nevada: The Sanders Campaign Just Made the Most Effective Case for Superdelegates to Back Clinton

No, Bernie Sanders did not win Nevada.

Even after this weekend's ratfucking that involved a Bernie Sanders partisan who was the chair of the Clark County conventions releasing confidential Clinton campaign data and correspondence to the Sanders campaign, and taking advantage of a low delegate turnout (less than half of 9,000 delegates elected in February in Clark County showed up) by stuffing the conventions with their minions, Bernie Sanders ended up likely gaining two Nevada delegates, taking the split from an caucus day projection of pledged delegates in Nevada of 20-15 in favor of Clinton to 18-17.

But assuming that the split stays at 18-17 for pledged delegates sent by the caucus and convention process, that brings Clinton's total in Nevada to 22 to Sanders' 18, with three delegates undecided. That is because of Nevada's eight party leader and elected officials who get automatic delegate status at the Democratic National Convention, four have indicated support for Clinton, one for Sanders.

Why all of a sudden count the superdelegates and not just the pledged projections? Why let superdelegates tip the scale? After all, isn't this about letting the voters decide?

The Sanders campaign has now made it clear unequivocally that they don't care about what voters decide. The voters in the caucuses decided that Hillary Clinton had won Nevada by a comfortable 5-delegate margin, and voters in Las Vegas had decided that she had won Clark county by 10 points.

In order to undermine the will of the voters, the Sanders campaign colluded with a credentials chair, stormed and muscled their way through the Clark County conventions, and frankly, by bragging about their undemocratic power grab, completely shot the credibility of a caucus process. Perhaps the DNC should look at banning caucuses altogether and go to primaries across the board.

And that is the clear case for the Superdelegate intervention. Look at those counts again. While the Sanders campaign is celebrating cheating and circumvention of the will of the voters as a way to win, it's the factoring in of the superdelegate vote (Clinton +4) that opens the count back up to close to where the voters of the state wanted it (Clinton +5).

Bernie Sanders, his campaign, and his supporters never get to complain about the Superdelegates again. They have killed their pretense of preference for the will of the voters over a complicated delegate process.

Sanders and his cadre can certainly make the argument that Clinton supporters should be mad at Clinton's elected county delegates who did not show up. They'd be right - had all the elected deleates showed up, the cheating and ratfucking may not have mattered as much (though we are uncertain how many Bernie supporters posed as Hillary delegates to further ratfuck the process). But county delegates are not the raw vote, and if the Sanders campaign believes that there is nothing wrong with the ethics of having the will of the voters overruled by a cumbersome party process on the grounds that everyone knew what the rules were going in, they cannot then turn around and argue that another party process which everyone also knew going in, the independence of superdelegates, is suddenly anathema to democracy.

In fact, it can be argued - far more legitimately than having a credentials chair stealing data and correspondence for a certain campaign - that the superdelegates were added to prevent exactly this kind of clusterf*cks from deciding the Democratic nominee. It can be well argued that superdelegates were created as much to prevent the nomination of a Democratic Trump as it was to protect the will of the voters, and as we see, that is what they are doing in Nevada.

And so from now on, we will no longer give special preference to the pledged delegate count. As of today, the delegate count stands at: Clinton 1,712 to Sanders 1,011, give or take a couple. That means Hillary Clinton is 72% of the way to clinching the nomination.



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