There have been two times when the Democratic Party formally called for an end to the Electoral College in the past 20 years. The first was when Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in 2000, and the second was when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016.
Yes — Democrats seem to magically rediscover their namesake philosophy when they lose an election. The issue dies down when they win.
Ironically, Democratic Party leaders are far less concerned about the democratic process when it comes to internal matters. During primary elections, Democratic Party contenders compete for the support of delegates just as Republicans do. The difference is that the DNC also has “superdelegates”, which are basically just more well-connected members of the party. It essentially means that delegates aren’t really that important.
We saw this conflict come to a head in the run-up to 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. While it’s true that Clinton could have clinched the nomination even without the superdelegates, Sanders supporters rightly felt disenfranchised during the process.
Apparently, even the name of the Democratic Party is misleading…
~ Facts Not Memes