My comments about the Supers aka Super D’s or Democratic Super Delegates.
Is this a boogeyman or not? Short answer: It CAN be, but usually isn’t much of a problem and here’s why.
From my very quick study (online research & watching outside of Mainstream Media talking about it … Thom Hartmann and the like) … Yes, Super delegates total about 40% of the entire vote. This was installed by the Democratic Party sometime after Mondale’s very failed attempt at becoming the President and also apparently after Carter (research still pending as to why the DNC or was it the DLC back then … why were they against Carter or were they?)
Basically this is some sort of stop gap or firewall to prevent voters from installing someone that cannot win a general election or someone who was not a serious candidate or someone who didn’t really represent the Democratic party. So it is a TOOL that the current DNC has (I need to make another post here about who and what is the DNC?).
So right now for example Hillary Clinton has over 400 points from Super Delegates and Delegates combined while Bernie has less than 10 points. The New Hampshire Caucus just happened and Sanders won 21% OVER Hillary Clinton BUT because Hillary picked up some Super Delegates… Sanders does not walk out of New Hampshire with a delegate advantage … they are tied walking out of New Hampshire.
As of now Hillary has the advantage for winning the Democratic nomination, however these delegates are NOT locked in. So, Bernie still has a chance.
I personally think that the odds are against Bernie, yet I want Bernie to get the Democratic nomination. It COULD happen. We’ll know a lot more in about 1 or 2 months as to what his real chances are. I am a little concerned about this “invisible primary” (aka the endorsement primary … for delegates and super delegates).
It will be interesting to see if Bernie gets the vote of the people (especially in the non caucus states which are the majority of states) (that’s another post I need to do caucus and non caucus states). If Bernie gets the majority of the “people” vote and yet the Democratic party swings the vote towards Hillary using the Delegates and Super Delegates … I think this will harm the party. There will be open revolt inside the party.
This is why Bernie still has a chance, but it is obvious that Hillary is the Democratic Party Establishment Candidate and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and others in the DNC Establishment (another post needed, explain the democratic establishment) WANT (PREFERs) Hillary is obvious to me.
This is why it is SO important for people who want Bernie to run against whoever the GOP throws out there… are going to have to not only be registered to vote and ensure they have the proper ID etc, but also to actually get butts out of chairs and into voting places (My voting place is a Church and I have the letter that my County Clerk sent me that states what is acceptable ID and where my Polling Place is).
Finally, hey, if Hillary wins the nomination I still think she’s BETTER than anything the Republicans have going on their side (I don’t want Trump, Cruz or Rubio choosing the next US Supreme Court Justices nor any of the District Court Judges across the country).
I won’t really expect much out of either Hillary or Bernie if they don’t get a Senate to work with them. However, I think Bernie would use laws on the books, laws at hand to pressure certain things a lot more than Hillary would, but that’s just my opinion.
There ARE things a president CAN do without the Senate.