Whew, long first day. I’ll start with my thoughts on the whole experience. There are three things that I think the DNC could have done differently to ensure a more “unified” delegation.
1. They could have adopted a much more progressive platform, especially regarding TPP and fracking, and universal health care. They also shouldn’t have pressured Sanders into not bringing minority reports to the floor. (I’ll get into this later)
2. They could have completely eliminated superdelegates (instead of the “unity” commission that is going to “look into” “reducing” the number of superdelegates). Or they could have at the least changed the rules so that superdelegates have to vote the way their state voted. Superdelegates have way too much power. The people on the rules committee learned their lesson from the platform committee and drafted a minority report, but some of the members were pressured into withdrawing their name so those things didn’t get to the floor to be debated either.
3. They could have let the first night be about Bernie since Hilary is technically not the nominee yet. It’s a real slap in the face to just have her talked about the whole night when there was another candidate that got *almost* as many votes. It’s not like it was a landslide or anything. They should have had day one be about him, the roll call on day two, she wins the nomination and then the rest of the convention can be about her.
If these three things had gone a better way, I don’t think there would have been so much discord on the first night.
Now for a bit of explanation. So the committees met before the convention. Rules, credentials, and platform. Most of the “meat” of the convention actually happens at these committee meetings.
At these committee meetings, they will vote for various things. For instance, at the rules committee which determines the rules for the convention, but also the bylaws for the Democratic Party.
The credentials deals with upgrading delegates to alternates and making sure that each states delegation followed the rules that pertain to nominating delegates. The platform committee is the one that
drafts the Party Platform.
If an amendment fails to pass at these committee meetings, and enough of the delegates at the committee (I think 25%) sign a minority report then it can be brought to the floor of the convention for debate and consideration. But skipping this part in various ways as mentioned above, it really made it so that the only reason we are here is to cast our vote for the nominee of the party and that’s it.
There was very positive aspect of yesterday though. When Bernie talked to just his delegates, he told us about a new organization called “Our Revolution”. This organization is going to take the
political revolution forward and work to elect truly progressive candidates up and down the ticket, from school board to county commissioner, to mayor, state congress and federal congress. This
is super exciting and I actually – like pretty much every one of the 1900 delegates – signed up to host a livestream of the first announcement thingie at the end of august.
I’m already going to start work on this by working to get Rick Nolan elected in CD8 in Minnesota and working to get my Senate District to also help him.