Thursday, February 11, 2016

On Hillary Clinton, superdelegates, and how the Democrats shafted McGovern in '72

We're seeing the white and the black bourgeoisie coming out in strength to prop up Hillary Clinton. One thing is very clear from the people supporting her with words and money: Hillary Clinton is the face of the party establishment. Don't expect any Clinton feminists to agree, but they should realize this is a sign of feminist success: Hillary Clinton is now The Man.

The Democrats created superdelegates in 1982 for a situation like the one we're facing today, when the Party elite wants one candidate and the people want another. Whether they will dare to use superdelegates to give the nomination to Sanders, I can't guess. The elite knows that doing that would be disastrous, but never underestimate the ability of the ruling class to be astonishingly stupid.

And do not doubt that the Democratic leadership will do everything they can to destroy Sanders before nomination day. If you think they wouldn't, remember what happened to George McGovern:
McGovern was probably the most radical candidate to run for president on a major party ticket in the 20th Century. Among other items, he called for an immediate end to the war in Vietnam, a guaranteed annual income for all Americans, and reproductive choice for women. He won the series of primaries and was nominated as the Democratic candidate. Before he even gave his acceptance speech, the Democratic leadership was at work sabotaging his campaign. The rules committee played around with floor activities ensuring that his speech would be delivered at 2:00 in the morning. News organizations were provided with unfavorable information regarding his vice presidential nominee’s health. Party conservatives like Henry “Scoop” Jackson (the first neocon) mounted a campaign within the party and in the press designed to prevent McGovern from winning. After the landslide victory of Richard Nixon in November 1972, the party leadership began implementing rules changes that would forever prevent someone like McGovern from gaining the nomination. As Selfa points out, it’s not that McGovern was a radical; it’s that the Democratic Party does not represent the people (who by 1972 wanted out of Vietnam no matter what), but the corporate class.

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