Wikileaks emails show the Democratic party and the Clinton campaign tricked Bernie Sanders supporters into thinking they ‘won something’
So many Wikileaks emails, so little time…
In addition to attacking Catholics, Evangelicals, “needy Latinos,” and Southerners newly released emails show how the Democratic party and the Clinton campaign coordinated to trick “self-righteous” Bernie Sanders supporters into thinking they “won something” in regard to the use of superdelegates in the future.
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Perhaps least surprisingly, the emails prove once again that the Clinton campaign had little respect for Mr. Sanders‘ supporters. Messages show clear coordination between Clinton aides and supposedly neutral officials such as the Democratic National Committee, including Donna Brazile, now the interim chairwoman.
Party leaders also worked with the Clinton campaign to trick Sanders backers into believing they had won concessions from the Democratic establishment.
In a March 20 message, former party official Mark Alan Siegel is seen offering a plan to reduce the role of Democratic superdelegates in future elections. Although the proposal was sold to Sanders 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 smokescreen to assuage angry progressives.
“I’ve lived through many national conventions and have found that it’s critical that all delegates, especially those representing losing candidates, emerge from the convention feeling that they have won something, achieved something tangible,” Mr. Siegel wrote in the message to former Clinton chief of staff Tamera Luzzatto. “I think this is terribly important especially with people like Bernie’s sometimes self-righteous ideologues. We want them to go home happy and enthusiastic in working their asses off for Hillary.”
Mr. Siegel went on to explain that by reducing the role of superdelegates in the future, Sanders supporters could claim a victory that would have no impact on the Clinton campaign’s victory in this cycle.
“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.”
This concept of winning something in the future for concessions today is not a new idea, and in fact fiscal conservatives have been on the receiving end of this for years. How many times have so-called fiscal conservatives in government caved into the Democrats in recent years on spending bills while claiming victory because there will be spending cuts in the future? Of course those spending cuts never come and this is more of the same. Promise the future concession on superdelegates to make the “self-righteous ideologues” feel like the “won something” all the while knowing it “functionally doesn’t make any difference anyway.”
Many Bernie Sanders supporters are still so upset at the way the Democratic party rigged the primary election that they have not been able to support Hillary Clinton, some of them are planning to vote for either of the two alternative candidates, and if they hear about this it certainly will not endear them to Hillary Clinton or the Democratic party.
The big question is, will they hear about this at all because there seems to be a mainstream media blackout on Wikileaks…
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