Bernie Sanders enjoyed his return to the Senate Floor on Monday. Colleagues from both sides of the aisle rushed to shake his hand and pat him on the back. All seemed simply delighted to see him, according to Newsweek. Senator John McCain gave Senator Sanders a hearty welcome and a big hug.
“Welcome back, Bernie!”
Superdelegate discussions seemed to be happening everywhere, as a growing wave of senators say they are ready for a more democratic change in how the Democratic party does business. Politico spoke with nearly 20 Senators who were ready for a big change in party politics, starting with the superdelegate situation.
Bernie Sanders appeared to have Senator Tim Kaine, an influential Democratic Party member, firmly in his corner on superdelegates and other issues. Overall, Bernie’s popularity is vastly improved since his candidacy. The Bern has earned a lot of respect from his fellow senators, and also his constituents back in Vermont. Many former presidential candidates do not experience a boost in popularity and often experience quite the opposite, but the Senators on the Senate floor on Monday made it clear that everyone loves Bernie and they admire his honorable campaign decorum.
“We want to participate as delegates and that’s why this superdelegates system was created in the beginning, so members would not have to run against their own constituents,”
Bernie Sanders is far more important to Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio than the Superdelegate issue. Perhaps many of the senators who declined to comment to Politico reporters, but were flocking around Bernie in a show of support, feel the same way.
“I want Bernie in the fold, I want him enthusiastic. I’m fine with whatever they negotiate, I just don’t care about superdelegates. I don’t care about the whole thing.”
The superdelegates system is currently protecting the Neoliberal tradition of the past few decades, now and in the future. Arguably, the NeoCon/NeoLiberal agenda has failed the American People while making the 1 percent rich. At least, that is the view of both Sanders supporters and Trump supporters who long for change in the status quo.
Bernie Sanders supporters say the party’s platform needs to change, in order to serve the American people. The party resists, however, because anti-business ideologies would also interfere with superPAC and Corporate donations, and alienate potential donors.
Superdelegates from California will now attend the convention as non-voting guests, as California takes the first step toward change. The California Democratic Party voted unanimously for the elimination of caucus’ and superdelegates on Sunday. House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi co-authored the resolution with Daraka Larimar-Hall. Larimar-Hall told the Los Angeles Times, both Sanders and Clinton supporters believe the system needs to change.
“There are a lot of people, whether they’re Clinton supporters or Sanders’ supporters, who see… there are broken things in our nominating process.”
Bernie Sanders supporters can hope that other states will promote similar resolutions, opening the subject on a state level. Meanwhile, many United States Senators plan to bring up the issue at the national convention, supporting the elimination or limitation of superdelegates.
Bernie Sanders and his supporters are taking steps to change and perhaps eradicate the superdelegate system.
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