Sunday, July 24, 2016
Super Delegates are a Good Idea. The Republicans Wish They Had Had Some This Time.
Political parties in a democratic society do not themselves have to be democratic.
There is no contradiction in this claim. The party is a private membership organization designed to win elections and pass legislation. Anyone can join. But only those who have joined have a legitimate claim to voice in its choices, especially of candidates. And the wise leaders of that private organization sometimes need to overrule the choice of many voters if that choice would lose elections or make it impossible to pass legislation.
Democrats learned this the hard way in 1972.
Republicans have been so establishment-driven for, well, forever, that it never occurred to them than an insurgent could come in from outside the party to take over their under-protected candidate-selection procedure.
The same thing might have happened to Democrats this year, but the wise and timely invention of super-delegates kept a non-Democrat from seriously threatening to take the party's nomination.