Don’t forget that Stanford University was founded by, and is named for, railroad magnate Leland Stanford – one of the ‘Big Four’ of the Central Pacific Railroad, and the eee-pitomization of a ‘Gilded Age’ robber baron. Good old Tommy Smothers didn’t refer to them as railroad maggots by accident – the U. is just carrying on the family tradition of corruption and greed.
The state parties don’t want democracy in ANY way, shape or form — their mission is to preserve the status quo for their corporate owners, just as the mission of the DNC’s superdelegates is to crush any hope of progressive rebellion against the party’s oligarchs.
I hope we Californians are successful at retiring Feinstein, and the other coast is equally successful at permanently silencing the utterly corrupt Clintons and their stooges Perez, Wasserman-Schultz, et al,
and forcing the DNC to dump the stupordelegates once and for all well before the 2020 primaries.