Let’s discuss a hypothetical shall we? Candidate A and Candidate B are facing each other in an election. In their first meeting in State 1, they are at a near statistical tie with Candidate A winning by 0.2% of the vote. Next, they move onto State 2, where Candidate B destroys Candidate A by 22% of the vote. Now, from where they currently stand, Candidate A has 394 delegates, while Candidate B has 44. Woah. . . .wait a minute. . . . what the heck? That’s not a typo, and this is not a hypothetical.
This is the sad state of the Democratic primary race, with Candidate A representing our future Queen Hillary Clinton, and Candidate B representing Comrade Bernie Sanders. Right now, despite his substantial lead in the popular vote, Mr. Sanders trails Secretary Clinton by a huge margin thanks to a little known Democratic primary delegate known as a superdelegate. What is a superdelegate? Well, aside from being a muzzle on democracy, superdelegates are unpledged delegates in the Democratic party free to vote for whomever they please at the Democratic National convention. They are almost inevitably of the party establishment and make up nearly 15% of the delegate base. They were created specifically to provide the party establishment with more power over the nomination process. Of the 712 superdelegates in play, Secretary Clinton has the support of 362 of them already, while Sanders has a measly 8 despite being ahead in the popular vote.
For someone whose main campaign theme is to bluster and yell about how the game is rigged, Mr. Sander’s has perhaps not noticed that the only instance of the game being rigged against him is playing out right in front of his eyes.