This could be bad.
Courtesy of NYT:
Dozens of interviews with Democratic establishment leaders this week show that they are not just worried about Mr. Sanders’s candidacy, but are also willing to risk intraparty damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance. Since Mr. Sanders’s victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, The Times has interviewed 93 party officials — all of them superdelegates, who could have a say on the nominee at the convention — and found overwhelming opposition to handing the Vermont senator the nomination if he arrived with the most delegates but fell short of a majority.
Such a situation may result in a brokered convention, a messy political battle the likes of which Democrats have not seen since 1952, when the nominee was Adlai Stevenson.
“We’re way, way, way past the day where party leaders can determine an outcome here, but I think there’s a vibrant conversation about whether there is anything that can be done,” said Jim Himes, a Connecticut congressman and superdelegate, who believe the nominee should have a majority of delegates.
From California to the Carolinas, and North Dakota to Ohio, the party leaders say they worry that Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist with passionate but limited support so far, will lose to President Trump, and drag down moderate House and Senate candidates in swing states with his left-wing agenda of “Medicare for all” and free four-year public college.
Mr. Sanders and his advisers insist that the opposite is true — that his ideas will generate huge excitement among young and working-class voters, and lead to record turnout. Such hopes have yet to be borne out in nominating contests so far.
Now I have already spoken out about this when it was brought up by Michael Bloomberg.
I thought it was a dangerous idea then and I think it is a dangerous idea now.
My feeling is that even if Sanders loses the nomination legitimately that his supporters may balk at supporting the winning nominee.
However if it comes down to something like this we risk disenfranchising a huge swath of future Democrats and losing their support for many years to come.
Now that is not to say that tactics like this are unfair.
In fact Bernie himself helped to write those rules in 2016.
Here let Elizabeth Warren explain that to the Bernie folks.
Whether you support Warren or not, this nuking of a Bernern is a blizzard of chef’s kisses. I want to have this moment’s babies. pic.twitter.com/7N23jwoZn2
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) February 27, 2020
Now of course the problem is that Bernie’s support is essentially based on idolatry, which means that many of his supporters are not going to respond intellectually to superdelegates voting to give the nomination to another candidate.
For many of them we are all in this fight to defeat Donald Trump together right up until their candidate fails to make the cut, and then it’s every man for themselves.
So as I said even if these are the rules that Sanders agreed to in 2016, we still risk severely damaging our chances of defeating Trump if we implement them at a brokered convention.