Senator Bernie Sanders (D/I-VT) has served his entire working life in Government Service—Mayor of Burlington, VT for ten years, U. S. House of Representatives for 16 years, and the U. S. Senate since 2007. Senator Sanders had always been registered as an Independent in the past.
When Sanders declared his Candidacy for President, on April 30 of last year, he decided to change his party affiliation to the Democratic Party. Apparently, he thought that he had a stronger potential for winning with the backing of one of the two major parties. However, he has often voiced his dissatisfaction ever since!
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Republicans (with Goldwater) and, then, the Democrats (with McGovern), respectively, suffered horrible losses in the General Election. After those fiascos, both parties devised what are generally referred to as “Super-Delegates”. These delegates are not chosen by the voters in the various state “primaries”; rather, they are appointed by virtue of their roles in the (Federal and State) Party Establishment. The Super-Delegate concept was created specifically to provide a little “guidance” to the nomination process by each party, to prevent any future nightmares in the nominee selection process.
The rules for the primaries vary from state-to-state. Some hold a traditional election, while others opt for the more time-consuming caucus. In some states, only citizens who are registered with that particular party may cast a vote, while in states that have “Open Primaries”, any qualified voter may cast a vote, regardless of their part affiliation. Here’s where Senator Sanders’ behavior turns sour!
Bernie Sanders is a charismatic speaker who attracts large, exuberant audiences, with a considerable appeal to some based on his over-riding theme—fighting for those suffering due to Income-Inequality. His message seems to motivate many voters, regardless of which party they belong to; however, cross-over votes are not permitted in “closed’ (regular) primaries. Likewise, since he does not have a historical affiliation within the Democratic Party, he hasn’t attracted many Democratic Super-Delegates either.
Approximately 81% of the delegates have already been chosen; however, Super-Delegates may change their votes at anytime up until the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25-28. Of the remaining primaries, Senator Sanders would need 90% of the remaining delegates, while Secretary Clinton needs only 90 more delegates—or 10% of those remaining—in order to win the nomination.
Among the remaining eight Democratic primaries, California (with 546 delegates), New Jersey (142), Puerto Rico (67) and the District of Columbia (45) have a combined total of 800 delegates, or 90% of the remaining 905. And for Secretary Clinton, each of those four states has a high proportion of minority voters, groups that have turned-out to vote for her in large numbers in the earlier primaries.
Unfortunately, Senator Sanders doesn’t care to acknowledge the insanity of remaining in the race—although it is truly in his rights to do so—however, he is openly complaining about it at his “Rallies”. The frustration of his supporters recently boiled-over into violence at the Nevada Democratic Convention. Yet, Sanders refused to condemn the actions of his supporters. Rather, his comment, which suggested that his campaign encouraged only non-violent change, included a big “But…”. And that’s when we went into implying that perhaps the Democratic National Committee might be the cause, with all of their biased rules.
Bernie Sanders has preferred not to admit that he knew the rules before he entered the primary process, and they have been in existence for years and years. Also, changing rules within the middle of a contest would never be equitable to all involved. Today, Sanders’ Campaign Manager, Jeff Weaver, avoided answering a direct question about the lack of a denunciation in a TV interview–or whether Senator Sanders’ comments might have contributed to the actions. After Weaver ignored the question, he suggested that the Party had torpedoed the Sanders Campaign from the outset.