BLOG: Change in superdelegates coming?
A change in how Democrats select their presidential nominee could be coming if a group of New England party officials gets its way.
New Hampshire Democrats are expected to pass a resolution at the party's state convention this weekend that encourages the national committee to reform the controversial superdelegate system, the Union Leader reported on Thursday.
That's something Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator turned presidential candidate, has been asking for throughout the campaign.
Superdelegates are party insiders and aren't selected by voters in primaries, unlike elected delegates, who, as their name implies, are elected by voters.
"I think there are just too many superdelegates," Sanders told The York Dispatch during an interview just before Pennsylvania's April primary. “Many of them came on board for Secretary Clinton's campaign before anyone else was running, as a matter of fact, and I think that is just wrong. I think essentially what you want is to have a process in which the voices of the people prevail and not just the people who are part of the political establishment.”
As I did research for an article on how Pennsylvania's delegate system works, a GOP operative, after explaining her party's delegate process, said: "Hey, at least we don't do it the way the Democrats do."
That kind of says something.
But will change actually come?
After the fiasco that was the 2000 election, I have my doubts a substantial change will happen.
In case your memory is a bit fuzzy, Al Gore lost the election despite winning the popular vote over George Bush, who won the electoral college. The electoral college is still used.
Hey, at least we got new voting machines out of it.
— Reach Greg Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.