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a conspiracy a day keeps the Democrats astray

Michael Ahrens - June 11, 2018

I’m no psychologist, but at what point does paranoia over Russia become a diagnosable disease?

In a perfect encapsulation of today’s divided and Russia-obsessed Democratic Party, Democrats are now fighting over whether “the Putin operation” is bankrolling superdelegate reform.   

What’s going on: Two years after the 2016 primary ended, the Democratic Party has still not agreed on rules that will govern its 2020 presidential nominating process. One major sticking point – particularly for Bernie supporters – is whether the party will eliminate its 437 superdelegates.

Congressional Democrats are “seething over” the prospect of that happening, and tensions are so high that an image of police beating Rep. John Lewis at Selma’s 1965 voting rights march is being used to discourage superdelegate reform.

Why it matters for 2020: Fewer superdelegates – coupled with a huge primary field and Democrats’ proportional system of delegate allocation – increases the likelihood of a contested Democratic convention in 2020. If not resolved soon, these debates over rules could spill over into the 2020 primary, and they’re further stoking the party’s Bernie-vs.-Hillary divide, too:

 Less than 5 months from the midterms, and this is what Democrats are focused on – i.e., not building a ground game, fixing a broken data operation, or raising money.


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