After last week’s surprising and controversial election, liberals across America have set their sights on the Electoral College. While Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt, dishonest, and disliked people in American politics, carried the popular vote, Donald Trump won the electoral college, with unforeseen victories in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Of course, the notion that America is a republic, not a democracy, seems to elude them. Petitions urging electors to elect Clinton have garnered millions of votes, and calls for abolishing the Electoral College increase daily (see Four Reasons Why That’s a Terrible Idea).
The irony of this situation also eludes the American left. Most liberals seem to have forgotten the role superdelegates played in this year’s Democratic primary. Superdelegates, if you don’t remember, are prominent Democratic party leaders (such as Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, governors, senators, etc.) who’re granted complete autonomy when it comes to voting for the Democratic presidential nominee. Nevermind the fact that Clinton and the DNC rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders– she had the majority of superdelegates backing her in primary season. These leftists seem to have forgotten this when tweeted this.
Thankfully, some twitter users, like former Libertarian candidate Austin Petersen, understand.
Out of the 712 superdelegates across America, Clinton carried more than 500, with Sanders earning the support of a mere 44. Even in 2008, superdelegates helped President Obama clinch the nomination in the midst of a close primary with Clinton. Where was the outrage when these superdelegates “rigged” the Democratic primaries? Where were the petitions to establish a popular vote for primaries? When is the left going to realize that America, and its parties, aren’t democracies?
The intention behind both superdelegates and the Electoral College is to prevent the tyranny of the majority and look out for the diverse interests of people across America. Superdelegates are also intended to give party leaders the final word, so that if an unelectable extremist (*cough* Bernie Sanders *cough*) gains significant traction, they can pick a more moderate, likable candidate. Although, we all know how that worked out this year for the Democrats.