The DNC voted this past weekend to finally strip super delegates of their ability to sway the nomination process, a very positive step forward for the Party. There are some caveats though, and super delegates aren’t as powerless as the DNC would like everyone to believe. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


In a historic vote this past Saturday, The DNC finally voted to strip super delegates of most of their power within the Democratic party. Now all throughout the weekend, people were talking about what a great move this is, and it is a great move. Super delegates are highly undemocratic. Just random people who at one point had power within the party, who get to have an extra vote. And, there’s enough super delegates that they easily could’ve swayed a close election one way or the other, and completely ignored the will of the voters, the regular people who go out there, take time off work and go vote.

So they’re getting rid of them. Kind of. And that’s the caveat here. They’re not completely getting rid of the super delegates, they’re not stripping them of all of their power, they’re just no longer allowed to vote on the first ballot that the DNC has when they’re in their nomination process. Unless of course, one candidate has so many votes that they’re obviously going to win anyway, then the super delegates can go ahead and vote on the first ballot. Doesn’t really seem like they did much there, does it? Maybe they can vote on the first ballot, maybe not. Depending on if somebody got their math correct.

This is a purely symbolic move by the DNC. It doesn’t necessarily fix any of the problems that they had, this was just a bone they could throw out to some of the people who’ve been angry with the DNC and the way they’re running things, to try to give the appearance of doing something that actually matters. All they had to do in this vote was say, no more super delegates. That’s it. Those simple words, no more super delegates. That’s it, end of story. Then, the nomination process comes down to who the voters picked, who won the majority. Just as it should be. But these same people who were defending super delegates within the Democratic party are the same people railing against the electoral college.

Which yes, the electoral college should be abolished, but so should super delegates. ‘Cause super delegates have kind of become the electoral college of the Democratic party. And if they wanna go one way even though the voters went the other, they’re free to do that because they have too much power, and they shouldn’t have any. If you truly want this to be a Democratic process, someone who gets chosen by the voters and not by the powerful, then you have to take that extra step of stripping the super delegates of all of their power and then, getting rid of super delegates all together.

This move by the DNC this past weekend is just a Band-Aid. It’s just a means to show that these angry people with the DNC hey, we did something for you, look at this. We stripped the super delegates of their power, that’s what the headlines said everywhere. But the reality is far different. Super delegates are still there, super delegates still get to vote and, there’s a good chance that super delegates could still sway a nomination process.

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