When I defended the Democrats for saving “superdelegate” seats for key officials, I expected to get blowback from Bernie supporters. And I did. And that’s fine. But I think something needs to be said in response.
The tenor of the blowback is basically that the Democrats are rigging the game for Hillary Clinton.
Well, if this is true, then it’s a woefully inept conspiracy.
The Democrats have set aside 15 percent of their delegate slots for officeholders and party leaders. These people can cast their convention votes as they see fit. Those who get superdelegate spots are not chosen for their loyalty to a particular candidate. If they were, then Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy wouldn’t have a superdelegate slot from Vermont. Hell, Bernie himself is a superdelegate — and he’s not even a Democrat.
And so far, less than half the superdelegates have endorsed Clinton.
And they are free to change their minds at any time.
That is one weak-ass conspiracy.