I’m afraid this is smoke and mirrors that isn’t any change at all.
I don’t know this; I’m just afraid it is.
You see the problem is what is needed to win on the first ballot? Is it a majority of the pledged delegates, who can vote in the first ballot, or is it a majority of all the delegates, including the super delegates, who can’t vote on the first ballot?
I have tried and tried since this was first proposed to discover which it is and all the descriptions of the process are not clear on this but sure sound like the latter is the case.
If it is, then there is no difference here except cosmetic.
The super delegates will still matter in a close race. The super delegates still can be wooed before the process and they can still announce who they are for. The Rachel Maddows of the world can still count them when they report the results of a primary or caucus, just adding the phrase, “and on the second ballot the results are…”
But now all the captive progressives in the unDemocratic Party can prance around feeling like they’ve won something when they haven’t won lint.
Unless I’m wrong, but I’m very afraid I’m not. Why? Because if it was the former I think it would be clearly reported when it was described.
Thus smoke and mirrors, an illusion, a trick. I hope I’m wrong. If anyone can prove me wrong, please do so. (I asked before when I first brought this up and a few people thought telling me that super delegates can’t vote on the first ballot answered my issue when it freakin’ doesn’t.)