I’m certain that Politico’s article, especially the headline, was published with the intent of attempting to smooth over the bitter feelings Bernie Sanders voters are experiencing. I’d be surprised if Ms. Brazile’s non-apology apology will have that effect.
Eight paragraphs into the article, it’s reported that “National Democrats tried to smooth over the bitterness. DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile had dropped in on the meeting of Sanders-aligned Rules Committee members and apologized for how the emails came out.”
I’ve paid attention to Twitter today. Specifically, I’ve paid attention to #DNCLeaks. I can say with total certainty that Bernie’s supporters were upset with what they perceived as the DNC’s corruption. They especially were upset with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to the point that they started a separate hashtag, this time creating #Demexit. While there’s little doubt a majority of Bernie’s supporters will vote for Hillary, it’s highly likely that many will vote for Jill Stein or stay home. Hillary can’t afford that. She needs turnout to be better than Obama’s 2012 performance. That’s impossible if 30% of Bernie’s voters stay home or vote for the Green Party candidate.
Throughout the meeting, Sanders adviser Mark Longabaugh and Clinton counterpart Charlie Baker went in and out of backroom negotiations to try to hammer out some kind of compromise on superdelegates, and Sanders’ moves to open up caucuses and primaries, a big wishlist item.
In the end those negotiations satisfied both parties. “We strongly support the unity commission,” a Clinton aide said. “It appears we’re going to come out here with a great big win on Rules,” Longabaugh said.
That’s all nice at that level but it doesn’t do a thing to heal the rift that was caused by the DNC intentionally and unjustly tilting the nominating process in Mrs. Clinton’s favor. It remains to be seen whether that gets smoothed over or whether this divide doesn’t heal. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess which it will be.
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