We chronicled the Democratic National Committee's efforts and alleged activity to prevent Senator Bernie Sanders from becoming the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee (here, here, and here). As the Iowa caucuses meet tonight and according to recent reports, it may happen again in 2020 as DNC insiders consider reviving superdelegates' primary role at the DNC Convention:
A small group of Democratic National Committee members has privately begun gauging support for a plan to potentially weaken Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention.
In conversations on the sidelines of a DNC executive committee meeting and in telephone calls and texts in recent days, about a half-dozen members have discussed the possibility of a policy reversal to ensure that so-called superdelegates can vote on the first ballot at the party’s national convention. Such a move would increase the influence of DNC members, members of Congress and other top party officials, who now must wait until the second ballot to have their say if the convention is contested.
Superdelegates protected Hillary Clinton from Sanders' challenge in 2016, but resulted in a process that may not have reflected the will of Democratic voters. The DNC attempted to reform the process after 2016, relegating superdelegates only to a potential second ballot at the Convention. Of course, the Republican National Committee has no superdelegate system, resulting in a better representation of the will of Republican voters, which gave us nominee Donald Trump in 2016. As we wrote then:
The RNC has a far more clear and concise, democratic process for candidate selection while the DNC utilizes a system that functions to negate the will of the people in favor of the will of the establishment.
If Senator Sanders continues to be a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, it will be interesting to see whether the currently unlikely proposal to restore superdelegates' power gains traction among the Democratic establishment.