Why Super Delegates don’t matter.
The Democratic Party has an elitist system of Super Delegates that are free from the restraints of democracy. Indeed, like the Patrician class of Ancient Rome, these Super Delegates are exempt from many responsibilities of lower classes, such as the democratic process and political transparency.
Also, like the Patrician class, favoritism plays a big role. There are no controls on Super Delegates. Individuals can be easily bribed with promises of money, political power or future favors. It is no wonder that they tend to support Washington insiders.
Super Delegates were introduced in 1982, after the “outsider” Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination. High ranking Democrats wanted a buffer to insure that they could keep the electorate from choosing their leader. In fact, they were created to stop what is happening today.
Here’s why they don’t matter. And why the media has to stop counting them along side the Pledged Delegates.
Firstly, Super Delegates votes aren’t binding. This means that up until the Party Congress they can flip-flop like the best of Hillarys.
Secondly, Super Delegates make a mockery of representative government. And they know this. If they were to go against the popular vote at the Democratic Convention they would tear the Democratic Party apart, effectively giving the White House to the Republicans.
As would they herald the demise of their very plush, if inconsequential, positions.
This is why Super Delegates don’t matter. Like a ne’er-do-well relative, we can’t make them disappear (yet). But we can ignore them.