The Democratic Unity Reform Commission had their last meeting this weekend and issued a statement:
“The meetings that have taken place over the past year and the reforms recommended by this body are a productive first step and will better prepare us for elections on the horizon so that we can elect Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office,” the statement reads.
One of the issues that many progressives are keeping a close eye on is the matter of superdelegates.
The DNC’s Unity Reform Commission (URC) chair Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and vice-chair Larry Cohen said that the number of superdelegates in the system would be reduced by more than half.
And from The Intercept:
Cutting the number of superdelegates by about 400 and having the remaining ones vote according to the results in their state, the commission decided, would be a step toward healing wounds from the 2016 primary.
Will those recommendations be adopted? That certainly remains to be seen.
But these recommendations are nowhere close to being officially adopted by the Democratic Party. The Unity Commission’s report is only the first step in a wonky process, and victory is anything but assured. After being finalized, the recommendations are sent to the DNC’s rules and bylaws committee, then to all 447 DNC members in the fall of 2018, where two-thirds support will be needed.
“in the fall of 2018”?? I don’t think we have that much time.
And will anything but doing away with superdelegates completely satisfy the left anyway?
DNC chair Tom Perez and vice-char Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) called for a reduction in the number of superdelegates in a joint CNN op-ed earlier this week.
More than a dozen progressive groups led by MoveOn.org and Our Revolution have gone further, however, and are demanding a complete end to the system.
“The superdelegate system undermines the Democratic Party’s commitment to racial and gender equity, and underrepresents the younger voters forming the future of the party,” the progressive groups said a letter sent to Perez this week.
Unacceptable. If a party can acknowledge that #SuperDelegate votes are undemocratic, they MUST remove them ALL. This is tantamount to a spouse promising to cheat on you half as much. Tom WAS NOT elected & he should be removed immediately.
— UnifyLabor 🌹 (@unifylabor) December 10, 2017
Bernie put his usual glass-half-full stamp on it:
The Democratic Party will not become a vibrant and successful 50 state party until it opens its doors widely to the working people and young people of our country. I am extremely pleased that the Unity Reform Commission has begun that process.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 9, 2017
Bernie also said this:
“Now it is incumbent on the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws committee and the membership of the DNC to enact these critical reforms as soon as possible,” he said.
Synonyms for the word “incumbent” include:
urgent, I repeat, URGENT!!
Considering that many wanted to do away with superdelegates altogether, if the recommendations are not ‘enacted’ soon I think that would probably have a very negative impact on next year’s elections, and they’ll only have themselves to blame.
But it would be everyday people who would suffer the consequences most.