How the Superdelegate Process in the Democratic Party Came About
The superdelegate process of the Democratic Party seems to have been created primarily because of two Democratic party candidates who had poor showings in the elections of 1972 and 1980. The first candidate in 1972 was Senator George McGovern who was slaughtered in the 1972 presidential election by Richard Nixon. The second candidate was Jimmy Carter, who was able to win the 1976 election, but was steamrollered by Ronald Reagan in 1980.
The higher-ups in the Democratic Party seems to blame the regular delegates for the parties devastating losses in both of these elections. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) began thinking that regular delegates were not sophisticated enough to choose a suitable candidate, so they instituted a rule whereby the more “experienced” party officials needed to take control of the process. They felt that they could not trust the regular delegates to do a good job of selecting a candidate.
After reading an article about this process, it struck me that Democratic Party officials were being elitist in their entire attitude toward the regular delegates. They seem to think that the regular delegates who are plans to vote for whatever candidate garners the most popular votes within their states, were not advanced enough to count in deciding who their candidate for president would be. Now you can see why I consider the entire process to be elitist.
It seems that their implications of the “higher-ups” in the Democratic Party being more sophisticated and knowledgeable about choosing the proper candidate was a slap in the face to the regular delegates, who are selected by popular vote within their home states. Democratic Party “higher-ups” need to take control of the process to the point where party officials either overrode the regular delegates votes or that their process was flawed just because they considered the candidates, chosen by the regular delegates, to be wrong choices in the elections of 1976 and 1980.
As far as I’m concerned, by his actions and Democratic Party seems to have taken any real type of democracy away from the regular delegates. If anything in this system is flawed, it’s this entire process.