Urgent update: Andrew Tobias, former finance director for the DNC has added two must-read comments below, correcting a significant part of this article's statements. It appears that I confused information about DNC superdelegates and DNC voting members. My deepest apologies.
The DNC is designed to be rigged to protect the power of the top down insiders. And it shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone that DWS probably played a major role in the defeat of Keith Ellison and the rejection of reinstatement of Obama's Rule banning lobbyist cash.
The way I see it, the DNC has, built into its bylaws, several ways that they rig the system to favor a top down few over the democratically elected members. It's not just the superdelegate system which is rigged to give extra power to a few hundred insiders.
The Urban dictionary defines rigged:
""The word rigged is used to describe situations where unfair advantages are given to one side of a conflict"
The DNC's rules and policies rig things so that a small, top down group of insiders exert most of the control over the party. The grassroots influence is diluted drastically. How. Only 200 members are elected from the states-- and even the process for election of those members needs careful scrutiny. The other 230 are given slots because they are elected legislators or because the DNC chair selected them, to be rubber-stamp approved by the "executive committee." Seventy-five at-large members to be exact.
I'm trying to find out who those 75 members are and when they are selected and authorized. But my guess is that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz selected the 75 at-large members who cast their votes on Saturday. Do you think they'd vote for Keith Ellison or Hillary''s and Obama's designee Tom Perez.
That's right. The ghost of DWS played a heavy hand in deciding who became the next chair. Feh!
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