When it comes to the word “fair,” it’s quite obvious the Democratic National Committee doesn’t really understand the definition of the term.
There are plenty of examples to prove this point, but the elephant in the room is they screwed over a huge portion of their base during the last presidential election by snuffing out Sen. Bernie Sanders — who was a big hit with young socialist college students — in favor of establishment darling Hillary Clinton.
As a result of this, Sanders’ supporters filed a lawsuit regarding the presidential primary process, and how the DNC has responded — basically eating their own — is priceless.
According to The Washington Examiner:
The Democratic National Committee is currently defending itself in court against a lawsuit brought by Bernie Sanders supporters over the Democratic presidential primary process. And the proceedings, including an April 25 hearing in which the party argued the case should be dismissed, are already becoming quite amusing.
As Michael Sainato puts it in the Observer, “lawyers representing the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz double[d] down on arguments confirming the disdain the Democratic establishment has toward Bernie Sanders supporters and any entity challenging the party’s status quo.”
This lawsuit’s merits are dubious, it should be noted from the outset. The courts would set an unfortunate precedent if they started dictating how the political parties are governed and how they choose their candidates — it veers dangerously close to the political question doctrine.
This is a bit like that. In this case, DNC lawyers argue that they don’t owe anyone a fair process, and that the rules in their charter are basically not binding in court. In fact, if they wanted, DNC attorney Bruce Spiva argued, they could choose their nominee in a smoke-filled back room and it still wouldn’t be legally actionable. The transcription of the April 25 hearing quotes Spiva as follows:
“[I]f you had a charity where somebody said, Hey, I’m gonna take this money and use it for a specific purpose, X, and they pocketed it and stole the money, of course that’s different. But here, where you have a party that’s saying, We’re gonna, you know, choose our standard bearer, and we’re gonna follow these general rules of the road, which we are voluntarily deciding, we could have — and we could have voluntarily decided that, Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way. That’s not the way it was done. But they could have. And that would have also been their right, and it would drag the Court well into party politics, internal party politics to answer those questions.”
“They don’t owe anyone a fair process”? In other words, as the rest of America already knows, Democrats really aren’t big believers in the actual democratic process, despite it being part of their name.
Who’s “feelin’ the Bern” now?
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]