Culminating in the Nevada Convention, many Democrats have felt cheated this primary season
The Nevada convention has left me with a sour taste in my mouth for the DNC as a whole. This election has not brought out the best in the Democratic Party, which has been plagued with multiple claims of voter fraud and voter suppression.
Over 120,000 voters were purged in Brooklyn, in the New York primaries allowing Clinton to snatch the state and perhaps the nomination. In Arizona, the amount of polling stations were cut down to a measly number of 60 in Maricopa County alone, when they had at least 200 in 2012. That led to long waiting lines, and people being turned away even after waiting in line for hours. There are countless claims in other states all across the board, but Nevada takes the cake.
The biggest blemish on this election year in my opinion is the Nevada convention. The anger of Bernie’s supporters was a buildup of months of misconduct on the DNC’s behalf. Misconduct that was led by the establishment media and DNC chair (and ex Clinton campaign co-chair) Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The response that was received in relation to last Saturday’s raucous state Democratic convention wasn’t just a temper tantrum. Nevada’s procedure for delegates is one of the most complex processes to begin with.
The state actually caucused in February and had results that favored Hillary Clinton. While that was true Sanders was eventually able to turn Delegates in his favor in time for the convention, but because of the adoption of a temporary set of rules, things didn’t work out that way the Sanders campaign expected them to.
The temporary rules called for the dismissal of the credentials for 64 of Sanders Delegates, while only 8 of Hillary Clinton’s were disqualified. This resulted in an outcry of disagreement from Bernie Sanders supporters. People could be heard booing Barbara Boxer a well-known Hillary Clinton surrogate as she addressed the audience and stated:
“I bring a message from Bernie Sanders and I bring a message from Hillary Clinton, we need civility in the Democratic Party. Civility. Because the whole future of the country is at stake, that when you boo me you’re booing Bernie Sanders, Go ahead, Bernie is my friend. You want to boo Bernie, boo me. Go on your booing Bernie, let’s hear it for Hillary Clinton! We have the votes, we have the voice, and we have the victory! Yay! I’m all for us. Keep on booing and boo yourselves out of this election.”
This captured the attention of Bernie’s supporters, and out came the anger. Of course the media hooked right on to the anger, but left out everything else. The DNC has been openly disagreeing with the way Bernie’s supporters responded and with the way he himself addressed the behavior, but you have to look at the way she addressed an already agitated audience.
The question here isn’t really about the decorum of Sanders supporters. It should really be about fixing the rules of these elections. With so many claims of voter suppression, fraud, misconduct of government officials, super-delegates and the way in which delegates are distributed, maybe it’s time to do a deeper evaluation of the primary process and see what needs to be fixed.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be pointing fingers, but we the people are losing faith in American democracy. It just doesn’t seem to be an honest voting system any more, not that the primary system ever was. The Hunger games comes to mind way more than it should, and I find myself constantly thinking “May the odds forever be in your favor.”