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Sanders Feeling the Burn by Hillary Clinton

Sanders Feeling the Burn by Hillary Clinton

By Tuesday, 23 February 2016 02:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t Democrats been waging a nationwide war against Republican voter-validation laws? Don’t they complain that requiring voters to display a photo ID before voting will disenfranchise and discourage Democratic voters?

Then maybe you can explain to me why Democrats who fight Republicans so tenaciously and demand a system where one man equals one vote, run a primary system where the votes of a few potentates are vastly more important than thousands of votes from the party rank–and–file.

So far Democrats have had three primaries. Hillary Clinton “won” the Iowa caucus by a fraction of a percentage point, Bernie Sanders shellacked her by over 20 points in New Hampshire and then she won Nevada by a bit over 5 points.

This gives Hillary a record of 1–1–1. So you’re probably thinking the delegate count must be really close.

Well think again.

Hillary is in a statistical tie in Iowa where 52 delegates are up for grabs. Surely she gets 26 and Bernie gets 26. But strangely enough, Hillary’s total is 29 and Bernie’s is 21. Well, maybe it’s due to all the coin flips she won, but surely New Hampshire will have the Sanders campaign rolling in delegates.

After all, his vote total was 60 percent to her 38 percent.

Wrong again! Hillary got 15 delegates and Bernie got 15. This means if they tie, Hillary wins, and if Bernie wins big, Hillary still ties.

Then comes Nevada with the 5-point spread, but translated into delegates it means 19 delegates for Hillary, while 15 are feeling the Bern.

As Rush Limbaugh eloquently explained, “Bernie’s always talking about how this system’s rigged and that system’s rigged; the economy is rigged, and Wall Street’s rigged. Wait till he finds out that New Hampshire was rigged.”

So how is Hillary doing it? Simple — if you can’t win the election, win the rules. In addition to delegates selected by the little people, i.e., the voters the party says it cares so much about, there are “super delegates” in each state that are undemocratically selected by party insiders.

These delegates are officeholders, party officials, and other potentates whose individual vote counts much more than thousands of regular votes.

Call them the political 1 percent.

So far, Hillary has won a single primary, yet she leads Bernie by 502 delegates to 70. In general elections, Democrats say let every vote count, but in internal primaries the word is let some votes count much more than others.

If Hillary wins the nomination because she got the insider super delegate vote, while Bernie got the people’s vote, the people are going to be very angry.

Hillary may quickly learn fixing an election depresses Democrats much more effectively than asking for a photo.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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If Hillary wins the nomination because she got the insider super delegate vote, while Bernie got the people’s vote, the people are going to be very angry.
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