How much do you know about the DNC email leaks? Do you have an opinion on the situation and/or how we as voters should interpret it?
The DNC’s primary job is to get Democrats into office (they are a non-profit corporation, not an arm of government, not a democracy). The clearest path to getting a Democratic president this year was to focus on unifying the party and Hillary Clinton was the obvious candidate to unify behind and for a while it even seemed that she wouldn’t have any serious pressure put on her.
That would have made the DNC’s job super easy, and I remember being excited about it…about not having all of the turmoil I remembered from 2008. But Bernie put that pressure on (and frankly I think that’s good, because we need to actually grow as a party.) But I think people in the DNC found that frustrating, especially after Bernie continued to say negative things about Hillary Clinton even though it was clear he couldn’t win.
The best option for a Democratic president was party unity, so that’s what they wanted and what they fought for. Yes…the picked who they preferred, there’s not actually anything functionally wrong with that. They absolutely should have accepted that the situation had changed and they should have treated Bernie Sanders with the respect his campaign deserved. And they should have considered the members of the party rather than only the eventual outcome in their perspectives.
In the end, these organizations are made of people and they were frustrated that the simple path they once saw became so damn complicated. I am also frustrated by that as I now watch Bernie supporters boo Bernie himself as he calls for unity against a truly disastrous alternative.