Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders want the DNC to let Iowa Bern; the DNC has other ideas.
Progressives Fume at DNC
Better to stay silent and be thought in the tank than to speak up and remove all doubt.
Heading into Iowa, the Sanders camp is fuming over a laundry list of actions the DNC has taken that seem directed at hurting Sanders’ chances of becoming the nominee.
Among other indignities, they point to an egregiously unfair recent action by the DNC which seems to favor billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
The DNC has dropped a previously existing requirement that Democratic candidates meet a certain threshold of individual donors in order to qualify for official debates.
In previous Democratic debates Bloomberg, who entered the race far later than the other candidates, hadn't met the number of individual donors needed to qualify and wasn’t invited to participate. Under the new guidelines, Bloomberg will be included based on meeting certain polling and fundraising requirements.
In spite of entering the race late, Bloomberg bankrolling his own campaign has thus far been marginally successful. Bloomberg has obviously done enough research and voter focus groups to zero-in on healthcare and his expensive television ad buys have been translating into steady poll gains.
“To change the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate Mike Bloomberg, who is trying to buy his way into the Democratic nomination, is wrong. That’s the definition of a rigged system.” — Jeff Weaver, senior advisor on the Sanders campagin
Accusations that Mike Bloomberg is trying to buy the election have even come from Sanders himself.
“I don’t believe that Mr. Bloomberg is going to succeed. Because I think at the end of the day, people of this country do not want to see a billionaire buy an election, and that is precisely what Mr. Bloomberg is trying to do.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders
This isn’t the only rule change the DNC is considering that, coincidentally of course, will hurt Bernie Sanders’ chance of becoming the nominee.
Changing the way super-delegates are allowed to vote is under discussions; a proposed rule change would give the votes of these members of the Democratic power-elite more weight during the convention.
Some DNC members think discussion on the rules should be reopened.
“There’s talk about somehow trying to change this rule at this convention- just casual conversation, and I have participated in it some. But I want to be clear that I would not be a party to any effort to do that in the 2020 convention…it’s bad sportsmanship.” — Don Fowler, former DNC chairman
It goes without saying that these superdelegates are the very same establishment Democrats who do not want Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic nominee.
In 2016, for instance, almost all superdelegates voted for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
Tom Perez, the current DNC chair, has pledged not to change the rules in the run-up for the convention.
Some Democrats have certainly decried such internal machinations as unsportsmanlike. Other, more progressive, Democrats have much worse names for it.
This isn’t the only thing that has Sanders supporters fuming in the run-up to Iowa; the appointment of former Hillary Clinton surrogates to the rules committee seems designed to prevent Sanders from becoming the nominee.
“It’s very disappointing to see Chairman Perez build a list of this magnitude. The DNC should be ashamed of itself because it really is a slap in the face to folks who were asking for reform. If the DNC believes it’s going to get away in 2020 with what it did in 2016, it has another thing coming.”— Nina Turner, co-chair for Bernie Sanders
One outspoken Bernie Sanders supporter, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, made no effort to hide her disdain for establishment Democrats who criticize progressive Democrats like Sanders when she led a booing of Hillary Clinton at a recent panel event.
Progressive liberals in the Democratic party may have a point.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in office over 30-years. Rep. Chuck Schumer has spent almost 40-years in office. Rep. Maxine Waters, almost 30-years. Former Vice President Joe Biden has spent nearly 45-years in public office. Trump’s three measly years can’t be to blame for everything.
But to say that these divisions are unhelpful to Democrats trying to get elected in 2020 is an understatement; to say nothing about Democratic hopes of beating Donald Trump.
Every time Democrats turn on each other, a MAGA hat gets its wings.
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)