Clinton Needs Undemocratic Superdelegates To Secure Nomination
Monday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell lit into John Lapinski, NBC News’ “Director of Elections,” for his department’s choice to announce Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee on the eve of the final major primary voting day.
It’s important to note: this call was made by combining pledged delegates with unelected superdelegates. Neither Clinton nor Sanders has the minimum number of pledged delegates alone to claim the nomination. But with the aid of unaccountable superdelegates, comprised of elected officials and party leaders accountable to no one, the AP and NBC News felt comfortable calling the race for Clinton.
“I have a question about the journalistic principles involved in the release of this kind of information,” O’Donnell began. “What is the difference between this and releasing exit poll information at, you know say, 6:30pm on a night when the polls close at 8pm?”
“There’s plenty of nights we know the winner. We know the winner by 5:30pm, there’s a conference call, we all know the winner,” O’Donnell continued. “We all refuse to disclose who that winner is on the journalistic principle that the voter should be allowed to go to the polls without that information. How does this decision to do this, how is that mirror or in another sense, is it a violation of that principle?”
Over the weekend, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)—a liberal darling and increasingly influential voice on the left-wing of the party—made it clear she opposed superdelegates determining the party’s nominee:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Saturday that she doesn’t believe in her party’s superdelegate process.
“I’m a superdelegate, and I don’t believe in superdelegates,” Warren told reporters following the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention.
Warren’s comments came after the state party here voted on a resolution to “thoroughly, objectively, and transparently” study the superdelegate process ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
Warren said she agreed that the process should be scrutinized.
With news outlets willing to make the call before all votes are counted and with complaints from the party’s most liberal wing about the undemocratic nature of the process, it’s no wonder Bernie Sanders’ supporters believe the system is rigged.