GOP Strategist and 360 Contributor
My friend Donna Brazile is upset with me.
On Tuesday night, I explained that Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspiration will ultimately rise or fall on the deal making that will occur among the Democratic Party elite in smokeless back rooms at the Denver convention.
When I spoke this truth on CNN, Donna looked at me like those were fighting words. She pointed out that she is a “superdelegate.
”Well, Donna, I respect you greatly and I know you’re not an elitist, but it’s not you I am talking about. Nevertheless, you are defending a system that gives the insiders—rather than the people—final say over who will be your Party’s nominee.
In Denver, Hillary has several options open to her. She can twist the arms of “superdelegates.” She can force a floor fight over the seating of the disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan, both of which are in her pocket.
The folks who pull the levers of the machinery that makes all this work are, by and large, in debt to one or both Clintons for something.
For Hillary Clinton it’s not about the wishes and aspirations, hopes and dreams of millions of Democratic voters across the country. It’s about the deal she can cut with the Democratic Party elite (meaning elected officials and party bosses) to get her the nomination.
There are some—like my friend Donna—who don’t play that game. But most of the superdelegates are professional politicians. And as longtime FDR aide Louis Howe once said, “You can’t adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.”
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