Certainly one of the hottest topics on the internet following Bernie Sanders’ legendary victory in New Hampshire was and still is the superdelegate count. Mainstream media took it upon themselves to award Hillary Clinton the superdelegates in New Hampshire, even though the superdelegates don’t officially vote until the Democratic Convention later this year. In fact, no one has been officially awarded anything other than pledged delegates, the delegates that were won as a result of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary.
It is understood that Clinton has the support of most of the political insiders and superdelegates are definitely that but when the man himself isn’t worried about the superdelegates, why should we be? To be clear, I’m not and I doubt Bernie is saying to not pay attention to this vital part of the process, it’s a great thing that the establishment knows we are watching. But any message that says we can’t win because the system is rigged, is doomed from the start. You simply are NOT going to get more people involved in the political process by telling them your candidate of choice has no chance of winning because of a rigged system.
We are all for spreading the word and putting the establishment on notice and you can do that by signing Robert Reich’s petition: Bernie or Hillary? Let the voters decide — not superdelegates
Bernie tackles the issue in the video below (you can skip to 5:16 for the superdelegate segment) where you’ll hear Sanders discuss it on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that aired February 14, 2016. He states that as this campaign keeps building momentum, the superdelegates will start coming over to his side. And based on the history of superdelegates, he’s right, in fact during the interview he said he recently has talked to a few superdelegates about that very thing. Surely they won’t all change sides but enough of them will and this will become another non-issue, blown completely out of proportion by the media.
Also, to clear up a line of reasoning that I’ve seen more than a few times on the Bernie Sanders themed social media sites. Some people have suggested that perhaps Sanders and his camp don’t really understand the superdelegate system. Here’s a video from 2008 that should clear that up. It’s Bernie’s Senior Adviser Tad Devine talking about superdelegates, who by the way, is one of the creators of the superdelegate system. Relax, Bernie’s camp knows all about this process.
Final thought on this for now. Taking everything into consideration, maybe the media actually helped Sanders in regards to the superdelegate “crisis”. They brought a lot of visibility to the situation and while their aim could have been to curb some of the enthusiasm behind the Sanders campaign, it had the reverse effect. It’s reminiscent of the New Hampshire ballot crisis – remember that? They “suggested” he wouldn’t be on the ballot. The internet went crazy. Or how about the Data Breach? Headlines like “Sanders Campaign over before it starts” swirled around the internet. Once again the internet went crazy. Where are these stories now? One thing for sure though, the 24 hour news cycle is alive and well. The networks want blood, guts, fear and despair rather than the “feel good” story that the Sanders movement is.