Saturday, May 14, 2016

When I despair for the Democratic Party Part 2

There was violence between Clinton and Sanders supporters at the  Democratic Caucuses in Nevada Saturday.

To put the situation in context, of the states that have completed their entire delegate selection processes, including Superdelegates from only those states, Clinton has 2,103 delegates (or 56.9%). Of the votes cast in those states either in primaries or caucuses, Clinton received 56.1% of the votes. Of the states yet to complete their contests, Clinton needs 26.2% of their delegates including their Superdelegates.

From a number of sources at the Nevada State Democratic Convention held today we find out what the Demos are doing such as Nevada Dem convention devolves into chaos, Violence erupts at NV Democratic convention amid tensions between Clinton and Sanders supporters, and Judge tosses part of Sanders backers’ lawsuit against Nevada Democrats.

It seems there was big non-issue here according to the Las Vegas Sun:
Twenty-three of those 35 delegates have already been apportioned based on the presidential preference of Nevada caucusgoers in February, 13 for Clinton and 10 for Sanders. The other 12 will be apportioned today based on the preference of conventiongoers.

There are, of course, 8 Nevada Superdelegates who could all vote for Mickey Mouse at Democratic National Convention in August.

But in the end, the Sun reported:
Who would win the majority of those delegates remained uncertain going into Saturday because Sanders was allotted more delegates to the state convention. In April, Sanders had turned out more of his supporters to the county conventions — even though Clinton had won the popular vote in the February caucuses — thus allowing him to send more delegates to the state convention.

Based on the presidential preference of conventiongoers, Clinton won seven delegates Saturday, while Sanders won five between two categories of delegates. Each category — at-large delegates and Pledged Leader and Party Official delegates — had an odd number of delegates, which means a narrow Clinton win gave her the delegate advantage in each category.

What that means is out of the 35 pledged delegates Nevada will send to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer, 20 will support Clinton and 15 will support Sanders. (Based on the results of the Nevada caucuses, Clinton had been apportioned 13 district-level delegates, while Sanders had won 10.)

Nevada also has eight superdelegates, of whom four have pledged support to Clinton and one has pledged her support to Sanders. Three have not said whom they will support.
This was a dispute over a couple of votes. One has to ask, what are they thinking in the Sanders campaign and particularly what is Bernie thinking? There is absolutely no way Clinton will not win the nomination, and with a delegate count in approximate proportion to the votes cast by the voters. Why are they still creating situations like this? Are they working for Donald Trump?

(Part 1 was the post made earlier today What are the Democrats doing while Trump becomes 'Presidential'???)

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