The Democratic Party is currently considering a proposal that would put an end to the superdelegate system once and for all for the Party’s presidential nomination process. This would be a great move and it would allow the actual voters to feel like their votes actually mean something. But old guard Democrats are fighting this proposal, and Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains why these old Dems are so afraid of giving power to the voters.



The Democratic party is officially considering whether or not they should consider the use of super delegates in their presidential nomination process for the actual Democratic party. Now recently the Democratic Unity Reform Committee had proposed reducing the number of super delegates there are from about 700 down to maybe 300, 350, they want to reduce the number by about 60% to try to make it seem a little bit more fair in the nominating process.

Well now, one proposal has come forward that we just simply do away with ll of the super delegates within the Democratic party, and we actually hand this election back over to the people of the United States. And while this a phenomenal idea for the Democratic party, as we would expect, some corporate Democrats, some establishment Democrats are pissed off about the thought that they might not get to vote twice for the presidential nominee for the Democratic party.

DNC member Bob Mulholland from the state of California said that “This is absurd, this would mean that people like Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama don’t even get to vote for who’s going to be our parties nominee.” Well, that’s actually a lie Mr. Mulholland because they do get to vote, they get to vote in the primary, just like the rest of the people in this country.

So how is it fair for them to be able to go vote in a primary, and then go be a super delegate and cast a second vote for our nominee? That seems a little unfair to me, right? I mean one person, one vote. Not one super delegate, two votes. But that’s the system that you want, because it’s the system that makes you comfortable. It’s the system that prevents an outsider, a true progressive, from ever taking over the Democratic party. That’s what the super delegates system is all about.

They want to make sure that those party insiders, the former presidents, the elected members of congress, that they get the final say. That they have just enough power within the Democratic party to sway who gets the nomination. That’s what this is about, and that’s what terrifies people like Mulholland. They don’t want to think about the fact that god forbid the people who are members of the Democratic party actually get to pick their own nominee. No, we need to leave that decision to the old white guys who are running the Democratic party. That’s what they want.

Well guess what? Time’s up for you. Time’s up for the old guard of the Democratic party. Time’s up for the super delegates. It’s time that the Democratic party gets handed back over to the people who call themselves, and are registered as Democrats in this country. It’s time for them to make the decisions about who gets to be the nominee. Super delegates should have no face. The super delegates shouldn’t be a thing. Super delegates never should have been a thing. If you can’t trust the people who are registered members of your party, then you don’t deserve to be running a party at all.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced