“After this dramatic loss the democrats put in the superdelegates. They put them in to prevent anything this horrifying from happening again.”
It was 12 years after McGovern before the superdelegate system was first put in place. Theoretically, it was to avoid disaster candidates. Clinton was just such a candidate yet the supers lined up behind her as a virtual monolith. The system utterly failed at its stated purpose.
But that isn’t surprising. In practice, the supers have always sided with whoever won the primary/caucus process because, from a political standpoint, they simply have no choice in the matter. If they decided to go to the convention, strip the winner of the title and give it to the loser of that process, the party would implode.
In short, they’ve not only demonstrably failed at their stated goal, they are impotent — entirely worthless. They continue to exist solely as an anti-democratic cancer on the process.
The last election saw Clintonites in the press ubiquitously employ them in a propagandistic way, to erase Sanders’ initial delegate lead, to make Clinton look at all times unbeatable, then to call the race in Clinton’s favor right before the 2nd-biggest voting day on the Democratic calendar.
There’s isn’t a single real argument for keeping so much as a vestige of such a system in place.
Most of the rest of your piece is just your usual bullshit.
“They never apologized for their inexcusable behavior during the primary.”
It takes a lot of nerve for Clintonites to spend two years conspiring with the DNC to put an official thumb on the scales on Clinton’s behalf then turn around and suggest it’s the Sanders people who owe the apology. It’s sort of like writing article after article filled with garbage assertions like that which openly insult Sanders’ supporters then blaming them for the disunity you’re sewing.
“They seem perfectly content to abandon civil and women’s rights to chase white working class, whatever that means”
It doesn’t mean anything. Sanders calls for a working-class politics and working-class solidarity; he chases the working class, not the “white working class,” and not only did he not abandon “civil and women’s rights,” he was far better and more consistent on those issues than was Clinton.
“[Those on the Bernie side] scorn mainstream Democrats by calling us ‘corporate’ or ‘neo-libs,’ but their childish belief that our strength is ‘corrupt’ is offensive to centrist liberals.
“Such name-calling does nothing but alienate the 66 million of us who voted for Hillary.”
This is from last month’s big Harvard-Harris survey:
Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the U.S. I’m not sure who you think are “mainstream Democrats” or “centrist liberals” but Sanders is at 80% approval there — he is the Democratic mainstream. The rightist fruits of the utterly corrupt bribery-and-donor-service system the Berniecrats are challenging — the system for which you’re you’re acting as a de facto apologist — has no popular support within the Democratic party. Ask people if they want to join Hillary Clinton in exporting their own jobs in the name of corporate profits so she can get campaign donations from those who benefit, the proposition wouldn’t poll out of single digits in the bluest district in the U.S.
“the Bernie movement wants to once again pull the party too far to the left so that even an asshole like Trump threatens to take (and will likely win) a second term.”
Sanders isn’t “too far to the left.” His views reflect the broad center of political opinion in the U.S.:
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Again, the Berniecrats are the mainstream.
Democrats had to try pretty hard to lose in 2016. Trump won only because they insisted on throwing Clinton against him. If he’d been running unopposed, he would have lost. If Trump even makes it to 2020, losing to him will be a Herculean task; just about the only way Democrats could manage it is by nominating another Clintonite non-starter. That isn’t looking very likely just now.