The media was obsessed with Donald Trump’s KKK gaffe all weekend (though one could hardly call feigning ignorance of the Ku Klux Klan and its leadership a gaffe – more like a willful hedging Trump thought would insulate him from cries of racism while keeping his white supremacist social media army squarely in his camp), so they seemed to ignore an important piece of news emanating from the opposite party camp.
As Hillary Clinton took a “decisive” victory in South Carolina and Bernie Sanders crept to Super Tuesday states with his tail between his ill-fitting pant legs, the trouble brewing in Bernie’s camp about Clinton’s hold on the Democratic superdelegates, finally boiled over in the Democratic National Committee. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a young, outspoken Congresswoman from Hawaii, resigned her DNC post in disgust after a rift with the organization over a debate schedule – and a delegate system – that rigged the system in favor the DNC’s chosen candidate.
Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Tulsi Gabbard resigned from her post on Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, following months of rising tensions within the group.
“I think it’s most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment,” Gabbard, a U.S. representative for Hawaii, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Gabbard, one of five vice chairs, and her committee colleagues have butted heads over a thin debate schedule in the months leading to Democratic voting contests for the party’s nomination, with Gabbard calling for the group to add more debates to the calendar.
Gabbard posted a video online after news of her resignation broke, explaining that she saw the Bernie versus Hillary matchup up as the “defining issue of our time,” and that she could not, in good conscience, be part of an organization that had made a decision on their chosen candidate before the people had a chance to make up their own minds – and cast their own ballots.
Frankly, there’s no real reason to disagree with Tulsi; the fix has been in with the DNC from day one, as Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has done her best to silence the Sanders vote and the Sanders campaign. The DNC has tried everything to derail the challenger, from blocking Sanders access to voter contact data, to deep-sixing their debate schedule, to piling up Hillary-friendly superdelegates with amazing efficiency.
It’s amazing that the DNC would exact such harsh control over the process, particularly considering Hillary Clinton isn’t all that great of an option. As Gabbard points out, discomfort with Hillary has a number of facets, from her Wall Street ties to her “interventionalist” policies as Secretary of State, which, arguably, caused further destabilization in the Middle East. And Gabbard would be familiar with the wars’ effects: she’s an active-duty servicewoman who served in the Iraq War.
I’m honestly suprised that this development hasn’t gotten more play, considering that it’s actual, open rebellion within the ranks of the DNC over how the Democratic Party has treated a pet candidate. Maybe Bernie is just waiting for the right moment to launch his offensive.