Skip to comments.Reid pushes back on Sanders suggestion that a Democrat with plurality of delegates should be the nominee
Posted on 02/21/2020 9:59:02 AM PST by yesthatjallen
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said that the Democratic presidential candidate who has a plurality but not the majority of pledged delegates coming into the Democratic National Convention in July shouldn't automatically win the party's nomination for president.
"Here is how I feel about this: I do not think that anybody Bernie Sanders or anyone else should simply get the nomination because they have 30 percent of the delegates and no one else has that many," the longtime senator told The Washington Post.
Continuing, Reid said: Lets say that he has 35 percent. Well, 65 percent he doesnt have, or that person doesnt have. I think that we have to let the system work its way out. I do not believe anyone should get the nomination unless they have 50-[percent]-plus-one.
Wednesday night's debate in Las Vegas featured six candidates, none of whom have shown any signs that their campaign will stop operations before Super Tuesday on March 3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is thought to be the favorite for Saturday's Nevada caucuses, and a win in Nevada would give the Vermont senator two outright wins and one virtual tie, in Iowa with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
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When are Bernie and his followers going to get the picture? It’s not up to them to choose the Democrat nominee. It’s the elites. So little followers....grab your cankles! Bernie will be fine, he’s holding out for more real estate.
Bernie wants the rules changed for him.
They're stupid. They'll do whatever Bernie tells them to do.
Bernie can be bought. He will make big noise all the way up til he gets screwed. Then, he will roll over and show is belly as he shops for his fourt house and more.
Dirty Harry wants the 500 Superdelegates to pick the winner.
Looks like the 2020 democrat convention in Milwaukee has the potential to be real horrorshow like Chicago 1968.
If the Mayor of Milwaukee had a brain, he would reneg on hosting the convention—now!
Especially if Bernie has a plurality but not near 51%.
Bloomberg’s path to the nomination consists of him getting the #2 spot, delegate-wise, after Sanders, buying off all the Dem also-rans, and prevailing on the second ballot. If he doesn’t get the #2 slot, things become a lot harder, because whomever is #2 is going to think of himself not merely as a kingmaker but a potential nominee, and therefore less likely to give up his delegates to Bloomberg.
In 2020, there will be 4,750 delegates: 3,979 pledged delegates and 771 automatic delegatesmore commonly known as superdelegates.
To win the Democratic nomination, a presidential candidate must receive support from a majority of the pledged delegates on the first ballot: 1,991 pledged delegates. If the convention is contested and goes to a second ballot or more, automatic delegates will be able to vote and a candidate must receive majority support from all delegates: more than 2,375 votes. Roughly two-thirds of the delegates will have been allocated by the end of March 2020. ]
“Like a lot of people, yes i have a summa cawtuge.” Leaves me out of the mix then.
The GOP should do the same.
Winning when 70% dont want you makes no sense. In fact, if conventions continue to exist, they should return to 2/3 required to nominate.
Popular vote good/ electoral college BAD! Except now.
Popular vote good/ electoral college BAD! Except now.
I think this has more to do with the "down ticket" than with any hope of winning the presidency. (The concern here isn't the presidency; it's the Senate, where the Dems are absolutely desperate to get a handle on the judicial appointments (in particular, the next SCOTUS appointment) being made by Trump and moved forward by McConnell.)
I think if a "crazy" wins the nomination, the party knows that many moderate Dems will stay home and they lose their chances to take control of the Senate. They will gladly toss away a shot at the presidency (because it was always going to be a long shot anyway) for the sake of gaining control of the Senate.
In other words, “Bernie, you will never be the nominee.”
I thought they were changed for him. What's the problem? lol
Prior to 1948, it required a 2/3 supermajority at the Democratic National Convention to get a nominee. It required a 2/3 vote to amend that rule, but they got the required 2/3 vote that year to reduce the requirement for a nomination down to simple majority, and it has been that way ever since.
Due process would require a procedural majority vote to reduce the needed vote for nomination down to plurality.
Interestingly, it was Reid himself who threw due process out the window in regard to Senate confirmations. Prior to Reid, filibusters extended to confirmations as well as legislation. It should have required 60 votes to separate confirmations from legislation, but Reid deemed that it required a majority (I think that’s right - maybe he did it by fiat).
I agree. What we want is for Dem voters to be disenfranchised and not vote at all.
This ol pos is still alive? I thought he went the way of Juan Mccaint
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