11 June 2016

If the GOP had Superdelegates,
We Might Not Be in this Trump Mess...

After a convention dominated by party regulars picked 
VP Hubert Humphrey for president in 1968, 
Democrats promised the next nomination race 
would be open to ’68’s outsiders. 

George McGovern -who helped draft the new procedures- 
went on to capture the nomination, 
then lead Democrats to a landslide defeat.

Jimmy Carter, another rules-enabled outsider, 
eked out a win in 1976, but his reelection failure in 1980 
convinced Democrats to reempower moderate party veterans, 
resulting, ultimately, in the superdelegate rule

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