It’s already pretty clear that Hillary Clinton and her allies conspired to keep Bernie Sanders from every coming close to the Democratic nomination.
But as the actual convention inched closer, it was clear Clinton wasn’t going to be able to rid herself of Bernie’s supporters simply by beating their candidate, and she was forced to make concessions. She said she’d work to reform the Super Delegate process, and allow Bernie’s friends to be a bigger part of the party platform process.
At least the Super Delegates promise, it seems, she never intended to keep, according to staff emails, stolen from her adviser John Podesta’s private email account and published by Wikileaks.
The email is a forward, authored by former Democratic chairman Mark Alan Siegel and sent by Hillary’s chief of staff at the time, Tamera Luzzatto, to most of her campaign’s senior staff, including Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook. Apparently, the “bitching” Bernie supporters just wouldn’t get off Clinton’s back and were demanding that she throw them some sort of bone.
Of course, changing the Super Delegate system would only be done after Clinton had clinched the nomination. And while the party platform did change, chances are slim that the more obviously progressive bits won’t be openly embraced in a Clinton administration—a failure Clinton herself won’t have to take the blame for if Congressional Democrats balk at, say, a $15 minimum wage.
“His people will think they’ve won something from the Party Establishment, Siegel writes. “And it functionally doesn’t make any difference anyway.”
Of course, some Sanders supporters aren’t taking this defeat sitting down. Progressives have launched an #OpDeny270 effort in several states to keep Clinton from getting an electoral majority, and Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been busily putting together a “shadow cabinet” so that progressives will fill dozens of empty spots in the Clinton Administration.