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Reminder: “superdelegates” have been de-powered

For the first round of voting, the Democrats will use the Republican model. No superdelegates, and someone wins if they get more than 50% of the pledged-delegate vote. Superdelegates will only come into play if no candidate gets more than 50% of pledged delegates, which is something that rarely happens. (It’s a little bit more complicated than that, read the article.)

So there will be no superdelegates in 2020 to anoint a Hillary Clinton type over the will of more radical primary voters. At least not if a winner of those radical voters gets more than 50% of pledged delegates.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. I don’t think people fully understand yet how close the US is to terra incognita. Past Democratic majority coalitions, even Obama’s 2006-2010 Congressional majority, always relied on significant moderate/conservative, often rural, support. That’s gone now – the closest thing the Dems have to “moderates” now are the suburban SWPLs who ditched the GOP in 2018 and are becoming more rootless by the day. What future, America?


    February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Exactly. BTW I’m glad you’re still around as a classic/legacy type user and commentator. You always have the best insights.


      February 12, 2019 at EDT am

  2. i call it now: bernie gabbard.

    of declared candidates gabbard is the only one who isn’t insane or retarded. bernie will declare sho nuff.

    bernie gabbard 2020

    February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Corey Bookah and Dumblasio both want to run for presidency in 2020.

      Give it up now. Meriprolestan isn’t for any sane person anymore.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. In contemporary times, I don’t think the superdelegates were ever really a threat. If the DNC leadership puts an establishment candidate ahead of a grassroots candidate who won most of the primaries, the consequences would be disastrous and quite likely cost Democrats the election.

    They had to use much more subtle methods to tip the 2016 primary a bit in favor of Hillary, and it still created quite a bit of lingering resentment and cost Wasserman Schultz her job.

    The Republicans contemplated resisting Trump’s nomination and concluded it would be disastrous. Yet Republicans would probably have been much more tolerant of this than Democrats would be. Imagine, in particular, what would happen if the primary was rigged in favor of a white candidate who was running against one or more black candidates.


    February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • The Superdelegates have played a HUGE role because the mainstream media starts adding them to the delegate count from the start in order to create aura of invincibility for establishment candidate.


      February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

  4. Wow that’s pretty impressive, the DNC made a good strategic decision.


    February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. Won’t be close enough to matter. Kamala has the backing of the media, softer neocons, and is diverse enough to stave off progressives to her left. She isn’t the most competitive for the general, but Trump is not willing or able to govern for his base.


    February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • President Harris it is then. How fitting that neither of her parents is an American. Remarkably she will be even less culturally American than the previous Democrat president. Non-American is who we are, as Americans, to paraphrase Sailer.

      Trump is certainly in no position to stop Harris, or almost any other candidate. If he has any sense he will decide now not to seek reelection, so they can get Pence ready, or somebody else, but probably Pence.

      I may be okay with these events as long as I get to see that intolerable schoolmarm Warren hold on long enough to be called out as total liar, by members of her own party.


      February 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Nonsense. What exactly has Trump done that upsets you? I’ve had these discussions on here before and I never get anything rational. Trump never claimed to be a WN he campaigned/governed on par with president Clinton in the 1990s. The MAGA agenda was totally mainstream back in 1998 and we needed someone like Trump as president in the 2000s. Instead we got Dubya the worst president in American history followed by the most mediocre/disappointing president in American history Obango. In other words the cumulative effect of two terrible presidencies has taken a massive toll on America but Trump is fixing that first as a candidate for president and then as president.


      February 12, 2019 at EDT am

    • I’m surprised how strongly Biden is polling. I didn’t take his candidacy very seriously, but in such a crowded field he could mop up in the early states and win by default.


      February 12, 2019 at EDT am

  6. The Dems also adopted the 2016 Republican strategy of splitting the vote. Why do you think there were 17 candidates in the Republican field? There are, I think, around 10 Democratic candidates many who are progressive. Many progressive candidates are good because they split the Bernie vote and then Hillary can swoop in at the last moment and win. Hillary will run again and her entire candidacy will be “You should have voted for me” and every NPC (aka normal American) will vote for her because they have been told by the media for the last 4 years that Trump is literally Hitler. Trump is a moron and will find out that he is a one term President even if he works with the “deep state”.


    February 12, 2019 at EDT am

  7. Trump’s poll numbers have been trending up this week. I think part of this is due to backlash against the Green New Deal and other far left ideas we have heard lately. Normies are turned off by the far out there leftist stuff, it sounds crazy to them and it actually positions Trump as a centrist in comparison.
    For the first time I have some confidence that Trump could win re-election

    Jay Fink

    February 12, 2019 at EDT am

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