… the Democratic party establishment is clumsily trying to undermine the Sanders campaign.
Today is the day of the third Democratic debate. (It will take place at 8:00pm Eastern Time and will be shown on ABC.) We have spoken about the struggle between the Republican party establishment and Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and the difficulty the party has had in advancing the interests of its favorites Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Less attention has been paid to the fact that the Democratic party establishment has been doing something similar, supporting Hillary Clinton and trying to counter the strong appeal of Bernie Sanders, especially among the young.
The establishment has tried to limit the number of debates, thinking that those favor Sanders, and scheduled them at low viewer times like today’s, since Saturday night is hardly a TV viewing night. Furthermore, it goes up against a NFL game at the same time. As a Sanders staffer said sarcastically, they must have scheduled it today because Christmas Eve was already booked. A previous debate was also on a Saturday, and the next one will be on Sunday.
But the latest move by the Democratic National Committee and its awful leader Debbie Wasserman-Schulz may have gone too far in trying to undermine Sanders, and it risks boomeranging on them.
The DNC immediately shut down access of the Sanders campaign to a Democratic party voter database because of allegations that someone in the Sanders camp had hacked into the Clinton section of it. While I don’t quite understand the details of it, the reaction seemed excessive and aimed at seriously harming the Sanders campaign and the Sanders camp immediately launched a lawsuit to force the DNC to give them access again. The latest report says that the DNC backed down.
Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has regained access to the Democratic party’s master voter file after a day of conflict and litigation between the insurgent Vermont senator and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Just hours after Sanders filed a lawsuit against the DNC, the national party agreed to restore the Sanders’ campaign access to a crucial voter database. In a statement, the campaign announced that the DNC “capitulated” and expressed its confidence that it would be able to return to normal by Saturday morning.
The DNC cut off its access to the all-important voter file, without which an effective presidential campaign cannot be run, on Wednesday after it was revealed that Sanders campaign staffers had improperly accessed confidential data belonging to the Clinton campaign. The staffers had been able to do so because of a glitch in the voter file during a routine software update by the vendor, NGP VAN.
Whatever one might think of his policies, there is no question that Bernie Sanders is one of the most honest and ethical people in politics (which is something no one says about the Clintons) and the idea that he would condone skullduggery is preposterous. The DNC move is a flagrant attempt to derail the Sanders campaign and has led to a lot of anger among Democratic voters.
As Ana Kasparian writes:
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz might not explicitly state that the establishment is doing its best to bury Sanders and his anti-corporate policies, but her actions are as transparent as Lululemon’s yoga pants.
It’s not hard to see where Wasserman Schultz’s loyalty lies considering that she was Clinton’s co-chair during her unsuccessful run for President in 2008. The dirty tricks being played by the DNC have turned me off to Clinton so much that I would rather abstain from voting or choose a third party candidate than cast my ballot in her favor.
The DNC has to be careful. Sanders’s supporters are passionate. They know that the Democratic party is just the liberal wing of the single pro-oligarchy, pro-war party that rules the US. If you make them angry by employing the same kinds of dirty tricks that that the Republican party uses to suppress Democratic votes, they may well sit out the election.