One of the main complaints Democratic Party leaders heard from Bernie Sanders supporters in 2016 was the outsized influence of superdelegates — those elected officials and other party bigwigs who were automatic delegates to the national nominating convention who could vote for whichever candidate they preferred, regardless of how the primary results went. Sanders backers insisted that they gave Hillary Clinton an unfair advantage in their 2016 battle for the nomination. Elaine Kamarck, a former Democratic insider who is now at the Brookings Institution, argues that the new rules — that limit their influence at the convention — is good news for both Bernie-type outsiders as well as Hillary-type insiders.
Journalist Michael D’Antonio is the co-author of a new book sharply critical of the VP, entitled The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence. He reviews Pence’s career, starting in the House, advancing to the governorship of Indiana, and then as vice president, and then tries to make the case that Pence’s goal, from early in his life, has always been the presidency.
And we replay a previously aired interview with Joe Lieberman, who talks about his run for VP in 2000, his party’s dilemma over how to deal with Bill Clinton’s flaws during that campaign, and how close he came to being named John McCain’s running mate in 2008.
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