The name “Bernie Sanders,” once inescapable, hasn’t been heard much lately, unless you count Donald Trump’s occasional mentions of how poorly the Vermont senator was treated by the Democratic Party.
However, disgruntled Sanders supporters will be wound up all over again when they read a just-released email acquired by WikiLeaks. It will confirm everything they suspected about the contempt the Democratic establishment had for them.
Ben Wolfgang reports for the Washington Times:
In the email released Wednesday by WikiLeaks, former party official Mark Alan Siegel is seen offering a proposal to reduce the role of Democratic superdelegates in future elections. While the proposal was sold to voters as an attempt to make the presidential nominating process more of a grass-roots endeavor, the email raises serious questions about whether the entire effort was just a ploy to satisfy disgruntled Sanders backers. (…)
“Here’s my idea. Bernie and his people have been bitching about super delegates and the huge percentage that have come out for Hillary … Why not throw Bernie a bone and reduce the super delegates in the future” to only elected Democrats, he wrote. “So if we ‘give’ Bernie this in the Convention’s rules committee, his people will think they’ve ‘won’ something from the Party Establishment. And it functionally doesn’t make any difference anyway. They win. We don’t lose. Everyone is happy.”
Party politics is a dirty business. This email is typical of the machinations that go on behind the scene during every race.
However, Sanders’ fans are a particularly idealistic group. It’s possible that this revelation will reopen old wounds and have an effect on how they vote (or whether or not they bother) in November.
Credit: Washington Times