Sanders Promises Superdelegate Disruption, “Six Long Weeks”
Bernie Sanders is not going down without a bloody delegate battle. It’s to be expected from a true revolutionary, which is the role Sanders occupies. Despite being a U.S. Senator, Sanders is as far outside the establishment as a Democratic Party nominee has been since perhaps Jimmy Carter. Sanders, like Carter, is a carry your own suitcase guy. And he pledges to carry that bag all the way to the convention in July, by which time he believes he can fill it with superdelegates.
Hillary Clinton has a lead in regular delegates earned through primaries and caucuses. She has 1,769 of those, but her lead becomes insurmountable when you count the 544 superdelegates in her corner. Sanders says those superdelegates don’t need to stay with Clinton. Superdelegates are the ultimate party insiders — the establishment personified — and Sanders wants to hold their feet to the populist fire. If the regular delegate count is close, why should all the superdelegates override the wishes of the people, he asks. It’s going to be a “contested convention.” Sanders promises that until then it’s going to be “six long weeks.”