Update on a story that will be big in the weekend political media but was decided a while ago….
In a bow to the Bernie Sanders wing of the party….
Superdelegates will NOT be able to vote for the Presidential nomiee on the first go-around…
The Democratic nominee has been chosen on the first ballot go-around for the last almost 50 years….
DNC head Tom Perez get props for letting the Sanders people have something that probably doesn’t mean anything….
After two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, Democratic party leaders on Saturday voted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses.
The debate over the influence of party insiders known as superdelegates was evidence of the fallout from the 2016 fight between the eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton, and the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. His supporters accused the national party of tipping the scales in favour of the former secretary of state.
The change, which affects the hundreds of Democratic National Committee (DNC) members, elected officials and party elders who attend presidential conventions as automatic delegates, was seen as a victory for the party chairman, Tom Perez.
It comes ahead of the November midterms, when Republican control of Congress will be at stake, and a potentially bruising nominating battle for 2020, when Donald Trump will be up for re-election as president.
“We should never ever confuse unity and unanimity,” Perez said after the vote. “Today, demonstrated the values of the Democratic party.”…