Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sean King nails the AP's anti-democratic maneuver on the eve of the last primaries

          
        It is a good day to go vote.  Among other matters, this is a defiance of the AP's/corporate press's anti-democratic maneuver, as Sean King says below, a secret survey of party elites.

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KING: Hillary Clinton 
did not win   the 
Democratic Primary,
she won a secret 
survey of party elites
Hillary Clinton becomes presumptive democratic


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 12:55 PM

On Monday, on the eve of the most
important day in the primary, on a day
where not a single vote was cast, Hillary
Clinton was surprisingly declared the
winner of the Democratic Primary.
Tuesday was scheduled to be the
single biggest day of the entire
Democratic Primary season with a
total of 694 pledged delegates up for
grabs in California, New Jersey,
North Dakota, South Dakota,
Montana, and New Mexico.

In the past 45 days alone, more
than 650,000 new voters registered
in California and the state announced
that with 72% of available voters
registered, it was the highest
percentage of people ever registered
for primaries in the state.

This should have been a celebration
for the Democratic Party as it welcomed
 record numbers of new voters into the
fold. Instead, something far more
nefarious and underhanded has
happened. New voters didn't put
Hillary Clinton over the top. Pledged
delegates didn't seal the deal. It
wasn't a recount of a primary or caucus.

It was a survey - an anonymous survey.

Yes, you read that correctly - a survey.
The Associated Press conducted a
secret survey of super-delegates, in
which they promised to protect their
identities, and determined that just
enough of them, the perfect number
actually, said they intended to
vote for Hillary Clinton 50 days from
now during the Democratic
Convention. For the AP, that was
enough to go ahead and call the
 race for her.

Let me say that in a different way.


A secret survey of politicians and party
insiders on whether or not they will actually
vote for Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Convention on July 25 in Philadelphia
is what the AP used to call this race a done deal.

It's disgusting.

Hillary Clinton actually has 1,812
pledged delegates that were earned
from the actual voters in actual primaries
 and caucuses. She needed 571 delegates
 to cross the threshold of 2,383 to secure
the nomination. With 694 up for
grabs Tuesday, she would have to
win 82.3% of Tuesday’s delegates to
 actually secure the nomination. She
hasn't won 82.3% of the vote in a
single state during this entire election.

Besides feeling like they "got the scoop"
before anyone else, why did the Associated
Press feel the need to do this right before
the final major day of voting?

AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll
said in a statement, “by Monday evening,
571 superdelegates had told us
unequivocally that they intend to vote
for Clinton at the convention. Adding
that number to the delegates awarded
to Clinton in primary and caucus
voting to date gave her the number
needed to be the presumptive nominee."
But even this begs more questions.
Who asked those new anonymous s
uperdelegates to make their vote
 known the evening before the
 primary? Did the AP find them
on happenstance or did the
Clinton campaign encourage them
to come forward.

Christina Bellantoni, of the Los Angeles
Times found that the graphic created by
Hillary Clinton's campaign celebrating
the Associated Press announcement was 
titled "secret win" and appeared to be
 created on Saturday, June 4, days before
 the announcement was even made.

Whatever their intention with that
title, it rings true - what happened last
night was indeed a secret win.

But it wasn't a win for democracy.

Any reasonable person would agree
that by declaring Hillary Clinton the
winner on the eve of the biggest
day of the primary suppresses the
 vote. We will never quite know what
would have happened in California,
New Jersey, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Montana and
New Mexico had the Associated
Press not declared that the race
was already over.

How motivated will people be in
those states now to show up versus
how they might have felt if they
thought they race was actually
still on - which it is.

Hillary Clinton has not won.
You don't win an election based
on an anonymous survey of party
elites who don't even vote for 50 days.
Welcome to America - where
our democracy and the so-called
 Democratic Party - are about as

undemocratic as it gets.

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