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Democratic Primary Is Rigged

Democratic Primary Is Rigged

By Sunday, 03 April 2016 11:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I would hate to agitate Bernie Sanders, but it’s starting to look like the Democratic presidential primary really is rigged. In the Republican primary — the one run by fat cats and plutocrats who crush the little man for sport — all the delegates are determined by voters, either in a caucus or a primary.

In the Democratic Party — the so–called “party of the people” — 712 of the delegates are “superdelegates” that are selected by party insiders without any input from voters. These anointed delegates are designed to give insiders veto power over insurgent outsider candidates. An outsider, for instance, who is a little–known, granola–spouting socialist like Bernie Sanders.

So far it’s working like a charm. Sanders is very close to Hillary in votes yet far behind in delegates due to superdelegate solidarity. Right now Hillary has a total of 469 supers to Bernie’s 31.

To put that in percentages, Bernie is getting 44 percent of the delegates allocated by popular vote, but only 6 percent of the delegates allocated in smoke–filled rooms or, since we are talking about Democrats, incense–infused spas. If Bernie had superdelegates at the same percentage as regular delegates, he’d have 220 instead of a measly 31.

The situation doesn’t appear to be getting any better for our bumptious Bernie.

The New York Daily News reports: “At least a half-dozen Democratic superdelegates in New York State who have already decided to support Hillary Clinton said Tuesday they would maintain their allegiance to her — regardless of the results of the Empire State’s primary.

“Even if Sanders were to win the April 19 New York presidential contest, when a whopping 247 delegates are at stake, every single New York superdelegate reached by the Daily News said they would never back the Vermont senator.”

So take that, pesky voters!

I suppose it’s comforting to know your cronies will stick with you even when the FBI is breathing down your neck, but what does that say about listening to the voice of the people?

The reasons offered by delegates contacted who are staying with Hillary through thick and thicker range from being “friends” to being co–conspirators. None that I could see expressed any qualms about ignoring voters if Bernie wins in New York.

The Sanders campaign remains optimistic, which stands to reason since they also think a socialist can win a national election. The strategy is to win New York and continue a run of upsets, hoping to convince superdelegates to jump ship.

But there’s one superdelegate I predict they will never persuade to leave Hillary, and that’s Bill Clinton. She knows too much about him to risk her going public.

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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