Was Hillary Clinton the legitimately nominated representative of the Democratic Party? I don’t think so.
The Democratic Party suffered an enormous setback when Hillary was defeated in the presidential election. According to virtually every poll, Hillary was a shoo-in and given as much as a 90-percent likelihood of winning on the morning of the election. Stunned Democrats are asking how this could have happened. Here are my thoughts.
During the primary, two candidates filled huge arenas all over America: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Bernie and Trump drew crowds many times the size of Hillary’s. So, how did Hillary win and not Bernie? As both Bernie and Trump would regularly say, “The system is rigged.” I, too, believe that the system was rigged, but mostly on the Democratic side.
So, how was it rigged? Let’s begin with the debate schedule. The last time there was an open seat in the White House was 2008. The Democratic National Committee approved 26 debates. This large number of debates benefits lesser-known candidates, giving them precious visibility to the electorate. At that time, Barack Obama was the lesser-known candidate. Hillary had 100 percent name recognition. As we know, she lost.
So, in 2016, how did the DNC approach televised debates? They reduced the number to six and scheduled them at inconvenient times to ensure smaller audiences. Bernie complained loudly to little avail. How could this happen? One hint might be that Hillary’s campaign chairman in 2008 was now chairperson of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But wait, there’s more.
How is it possible for Bernie to win New Hampshire by a landslide, yet find that in the end he didn’t win? The Democrats’ superdelegate system was designed to favor party insiders, a.k.a. Hillary. This, in my opinion, is the biggest voter nullification effort in American political history and may have stolen victory from the darling of the left to clear the way for the party’s choice. Bernie was doomed from the start.
And, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, debate questions were given to Hillary ahead of time; the media, in the tank for Hillary, called the California primary before most votes were cast; and don’t forget the Wikileaks emails that showed DNC officials clearly working against Bernie’s interest.
The crowds showed us that the heart of the Democrats was with Bernie, but he was never given a fair chance. Might Bernie have beaten Trump? We will never know.
Fred Bramante is past chairman and member of the NH State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign.