Why We Lost Bernie

by Jennifer Garcia

In the 2016 election, the two Democratic nominees, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, campaigned to run against our current president Donald Trump. Though the election is now over, problems still remain within the Democratic Party itself. While campaigning, Bernie Sanders, advocated for free education, finance reforms for the middle class, and a “Medicare-for-All healthcare system.” Sanders easily won the support of the public under 40 but despite his strong campaigning, he lost to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee selection process. Clinton received the votes of a vast majority of super delegates, 505 endorsements to 41 which made her the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.

Superdelegates in the Democratic Party are nonelected representatives who are free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination at the party’s national convention. Superdelegates, are former and current Democratic politicians. The issue with these delegates is that their votes carry more weight than the general voting public and they often vote based on the status and benefits a candidate will provide. This is where Hillary Clinton’s power and the power of the Clinton family’s political dynasty comes into play.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been at the pinnacle of U.S. political power as either president, U.S. senator, or Secretary of State for the past 25 years, forming a political dynasty. Their influence within the Democratic Party is enormous. Superdelegates are chosen by the party leadership, to elect their presidential nominee. It was this process that was largely responsible for robbing Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. The Democratic National Committee members plan on addressing this problem before the 2020 elections to give qualified candidates an opportunity to step up in future elections, perhaps this time we won’t lose another Bernie.

 Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Credit: Luke Sharrett Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Credit: Luke Sharrett