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- June 7, 2016

Following The '08 Campaign, A Group Of Would-Be Clinton Backers Proposed Getting Rid Of The Very Superdelegates Clinton Is Now Relying On


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Following the 2008 campaign, then-DNC chair and potential future Clinton running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) organized a commission "to examine the role of superdelegates."
  • The 37-member commission recommended that superdelegates "cast their votes based upon the electoral results of their states rather than on personal preference," effectively making the superdelegate post "an honorary position," which Kaine voiced support for.
  • The commission was co-chaired by top Clinton campaign surrogates Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).
  • The commission also included current Clinton campaign strategist Jeff Berman, who is currently tasked with helping Clinton navigate primary delegate math.
  • Clinton-crony and President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, was also on the commission.

CLINTON WORLD MUST HAVE FORSEEN POSSIBLE DISUNITY OVER THE SUPERDELEGATE PROCESS WHEN IN 2009 A COMMISSION CONSISTING OF CLINTON-SUPPORTERS RECOMMENDED THE REMOVAL OF SUPERDELEGATES

In 2009, The Democrat National Committee Organized A Rules Change Commission "To Examine The Role Of Superdelegates," That Ultimately Recommended That Superdelegates "Cast Their Votes Based Upon The Electoral Results Of Their States Rather Than On Personal Preference." A group created by the Democratic National Committee to examine the role of the superdelegates, the Democratic Change Commission - steered by the Obama campaign's top delegate counter, Jeff Berman - held a conference call Wednesday to recommend that these unpledged delegates cast their votes based upon the electoral results of their states rather than on personal preference." (Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin, "Dems Move To Sack Superdelegates," Politico, 12/30/09)

  • Politico Headline: "Dems Move To Sack Superdelegates" (Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin, "Dems Move To Sack Superdelegates," Politico, 12/30/09)
  • The Hill Headline: "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System" (Tony Romm, "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System,"The Hill, 12/30/09)

The Commission Was Organized By Then-DNC Chair, Current Clinton-Backer And VP Short Lister Sen. Tim Kaine

Then-DNC Chairman, Superdelegate, And Current Clinton-Backer Sen. Tim Kaine Organized The Commission That Recommended To "Essentially Make The Superdelegate Post An Honorary Position ." "A commission of Democratic leaders on Wednesday recommended their party virtually eliminate superdelegates from their presidential candidate nomination process. Their proposal -- commissioned by the Democratic National Committee in the aftermath of last year's tough primary season -- would essentially make the 'superdelegate' post an honorary position. 'Openness, fairness, and accessibility are central to our ideals as Democrats, and the Commission's recommendations to reform the delegate selection process will ensure that voters' voices and preferences are paramount to our process of nominating a Presidential candidate,' Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, current chairman of the DNC, said in a statement Wednesday." (Tony Romm, "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System," The Hill, 12/30/09)

  • Kaine Said The Commission's Recommendation To Remove Superdelegates Would "Ensure Voters' Voices And Preferences" Were "Central" To The Nomination Process. "'Openness, fairness, and accessibility are central to our ideals as Democrats, and the Commission's recommendations to reform the delegate selection process will ensure that voters' voices and preferences are paramount to our process of nominating a Presidential candidate,' Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, current chairman of the DNC, said in a statement Wednesday. As Kaine's remarks elicit, Democrats authorized the delegate reform commission following last year's close, competitive primary battle between then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton." (Tony Romm, "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System," The Hill, 12/30/09)

The Commission Was Co-Chaired By Current Superdelegates And Clinton-Backers Sen. Claire McCaskill And Rep. Jim Clyburn

The Commission That Recommended Removing Superdelegates' Influence Was Co-Chaired By Current Clinton-Backer And Superdelegate Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). "That commission, comprised of the likes of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), finalized its discussions on Wednesday." (Tony Romm, "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System,"The Hill, 12/30/09)

  • McCaskill: "We Need To Show Deference To What The Party Members In Our State Have Done." "The Democratic Change Commission, which was convened last August to examine the nominating process, is recommending that superdelegates -- also known as unpledged delegates -- be required to vote along with the electoral majority of their state. 'We need to show deference to what the party members in our state have done,' said Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the co-chairmen of the commission." (Chris Cillizza, "Democrats May Make Superdelegates Moot," The Washington Post, 12/31/09)

The Other Commission Co-Chair, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Is Also A Current Clinton-Backer And Superdelegate. "That commission, comprised of the likes of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), finalized its discussions on Wednesday." (Tony Romm, "DNC Commission Recommends End To Superdelegate System," The Hill, 12/30/09)

The 37-Member Commission That Recommended The Removal Of Superdelegates' Influence Was Packed With Members Of Clinton World

Jeff Berman, Current Clinton Campaign Strategist And Superdelegate, Was A Member Of The Commission That Recommended Removing Superdelegates' Influence. ("Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Names Democratic Change Commission to Recommend Changes to the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process," The Green Papers, 3/23/09)

  • Berman's Current Role With Clinton's Campaign Is To "Count Delegates As The Team Charts Out The Primary." "A Clinton campaign aide told The Huffington Post that Berman's job will be to work on strategy, helping to count delegates as the team charts out the primary, and that he will not be playing a policy adviser role." (Sam Stein, "Hillary Clinton's Newest Consultant Was A Major Lobbyist," The Huffington Post, 6/25/15)

Clinton-Backer, Superdelegate, And Current American Federation Of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten, Was A Member Of The Commission That Recommended Removing Superdelegates' Influence. ("Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Names Democratic Change Commission to Recommend Changes to the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process," The Green Papers, 3/23/09)

Clinton-Backer And Current Superdelegate, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Was A Member Of The Commission That Recommended Removing Superdelegates' Influence. ("Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Names Democratic Change Commission to Recommend Changes to the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process," The Green Papers, 3/23/09)

Former Campaign Manager For President Obama And Clinton Supporter, David Plouffe, Also Served As A Member Of The Commission That Recommended Removing Superdelegates' Influence. ("Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Names Democratic Change Commission to Recommend Changes to the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process," The Green Papers, 3/23/09)


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