Democratic Unity Not On The Horizon For Hillary Clinton
This week, Hillary Clinton started the process of fully taking over the Democratic Party by shifting a large number of her campaign staff to the DNC. Yet a number of challenges still remain for the presumptive Democratic nominee to fully take control of the Democratic Party. Many in the Bernie Sanders faction of the Democratic Party have “no interest” in supporting Clinton. Meanwhile, Sanders himself shows no sign of going quietly back to the Senate.
Even though Sanders looks likely to exit the presidential race in the coming weeks, his supporters are still urging him to take the fight to the convention in Philadelphia. Speaking with USA Today, Sanders supporters only had negative words about the former Secretary of State.
One young Sanders voter stated that only Sanders was telling the truth, while a second Bernie supporter claimed that the “only way Clinton” could earn his support was by shifting even further to the left:
“’The only way Clinton will be able to attract former Sanders supporters is by adopting some of Sanders’ policies,’ said Matt Orfalea, 30, a District resident who makes YouTube videos and walks dogs.”
If the Bernie-or-Bust movement still going strong wasn’t a big enough problem, Clinton also faces turmoil from Sanders himself. That’s because the Vermont socialist shows no sign of backing away from the list of demands that he outlined earlier in the week. At the top of the list is the removal of embattled DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is so unpopular that even fellow Florida representatives won’t commit to supporting her.
New reports show that Clinton’s continued trouble unifying the party makes it likely that Wasserman Schultz will have, “at the very least,” a greatly reduced role at the DNC going forward:
“At the very least, the Clinton campaign is considering a reduced role for Wasserman Schultz at the convention in Philadelphia in July over fears that she will be booed onstage. There is also talk about allowing Wasserman Schultz to keep her title but to greatly reduce her campaign responsibilities by sending her on the road to speak to constituency groups or focus on television appearances on liberal news outlets. Clinton allies, even those who once staunchly defended Wasserman Schultz, appear resigned to her playing a smaller role going forward.”
Additionally, momentum is growing for another of Sanders’ key demands: the end of the superdelegate system. Last night, top Clinton surrogate Ed Rendell stated that superdelegates had outlived their usefulness:
Clinton and her campaign have not always treated Sanders and his supporters with the respect a legitimate campaign rival should anticipate. When the news broke last night that Clinton was not even vetting Sanders for Vice President, one has to wonder if this final indignity was the last straw for any hopes of Democratic Party unity.