In an attempt to remove the unpleasant tone within the Democratic Party, officials are now trying desperately to find a way to establish a unified front in order to sway the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections. The after-effects of the contentious 2016 presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders infected the Democratic Party and still lingers two years later.
Democratic Party officials have begun the proactive process to reduce the roles that superdelegates have within the election process. They want to reduce the power of superdelegates, which allows them to support a candidate of their choosing, regardless of the popular vote by the public. The party is taking an approach to get in front of the issue prior to the 2020 presidential election.
During the 2016 election, Senator Sanders had already brought up the issue regarding superdelegates. He stated that superdelegates represented an “undemocratic” process. His stand on the issue spoke to the fact that, in his belief, superdelegates created the opportunity for a Hillary Clinton to receive an unfair advantage. Senator Sanders called it a “rigged system” that favored Clinton.
Officials within the party are now brainstorming a compromise that would limit the roles of superdelegates, as well as change the party’s current operational structure in the process. They have also joined together with loyalists who were held over after the 2016 primary between Sanders and Clinton within their respective campaigns.
The ideas that are being considered involve eliminating superdelegates altogether or reducing the number from the current 700 to 280. Some officials believe that superdelegates who are elected government officials should be able to retain their superdelegate status because they’re not considered party leaders.
The continued discussions within the Democratic National Committee about the Clinton-Sanders primary race are something officials want to end. “This conversation needed to happen,” said David Pepper, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “I think there’s an understanding that if we spend all our time in this internal discussion that it becomes our external message. We need to move on.”
The party is expected to come to a final agreement by the end of August.