Vice President Joe Biden’s long awaited announcement yesterday that he won’t seek the presidency wasn’t as big of a surprise to many Democratic bosses as they’d like you to think.
While the media will busy themselves analyzing what happened, there’s a secret behind Biden’s decision that ought to have voters fuming.
Biden had no clear path to victory because Hillary Clinton’s nomination was rigged months ago in secret backroom deals that guaranteed her the support of hundreds of delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
All before a single ballot is cast.
Clinton and her New York machine have spent years harnessing the power of insiders and party leaders. And through their work with so-called “super delegates,” they’ve already secured 20 percent of the votes Clinton will need to seize the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
And that lead is virtually insurmountable.
There’s a common misconception about how the Democratic Party nominates its candidates. Most rank-and-file Democrats believe they simply cast their ballots for the candidate they like best.
Then, when the Democratic National Convention rolls around, delegates will vote for whichever candidate the people in their states selected.
That’s the way the GOP does it, because it’s straightforward, fair, and simple.
The Democrats do it differently. They begin with largely the same process, but there are several hundred party officials called “super delegates” who can vote for whoever they want.
The majority of these delegates have already sworn allegiance to Clinton’s campaign, giving her a lead that would be nearly impossible for another candidate to overcome.
And Biden saw the handwriting on the wall.
Biden certainly had a front-row view of how the super delegates process worked in 2008. The notorious Chicago wing of the Democratic party was able to get many super delegates to pledge their support to Biden’s boss, President Barack Obama, helping to bolster his campaign against Clinton.
Still, millions of citizens will flock to the Democratic primaries in the coming months to vote for the candidates they support, never realizing that this election was settled before it even began.