Sunday, June 19, 2016

I support the CBC

(Crossposted from Facebook with minor modifications.)
To quote from this Politico article: "In a letter sent to both the Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, the CBC is expressing its resolute opposition to two key reforms demanded by Sanders in the run-up to the Democratic convention: abolishing the party’s superdelegate system and opening Democratic primaries up to independents and Republicans."
I support the Congressional Black Caucus. But also, I guess this is a good time to say that I also have my own reasons for liking closed primaries and superdelegates.
I like closed primaries because, look, I've been a Democrat my whole life. Even before I could register myself: when I was little my grampa took me into the voting booth with him to show me how to vote, and he lifted me up in his arms to flip the lever that voted for Dems across the board. Democrats saved his life in the 30s, with FDR's public works projects. Democrats continue saving lives today by passing healthcare bills and nondiscrimination acts.
I'm deeply invested in this party - invested in preserving the good in it, and invested in correcting the bad. And I feel like if folks want a say in how Democrats do, then they should put forth a little investment of their own. Party registration is not difficult for most, and for those who do find it difficult, there are lots of people who will help. (I am one of those people!)
There are two reasons I support superdelegates. One is simple, and I can sum it up in a single word: Trump. Ignorant, bigoted, blowhard populists like him would have a much harder time in a system with superdelegates.
The more complicated reason is this: the President has to work with Congress, right? They have to work *especially* closely with those Congresscritters from their own party, because (in theory, at least) they're all on the same team. Team Let's Get Our Party Platform Passed. Because of this, I think it's a good idea for the nomination process to involve some kind of approval from the folks they'll be working with.
Plus, y'know. McGovern
Anyway that was a lot of words, but I want to reiterate the thing I said at the very top: I support the Congressional Black Caucus. Even if none of these reasons had occurred to me, I would still support the Congressional Black Caucus.
*crosses fingers for good-faith discussion in comments*
*holds breath*
*clicks 'post'*