One must admire Sen. Bernie Sanders for his desire to change the flawed primary system, but he must remember that Hillary Clinton lived by similar rules when she ran for president in 2008.
However, Sanders has a unique opportunity to make an important change and correct an inequity. The Washington State Democratic caucus is inherently unfair and leads to a misrepresentation of the people’s will. Only 27,000 participated in the caucus, compared with more than 725,000 in the primary election; yet, in spite of Clinton’s significant victory over Sanders in the primary vote, the majority of delegates were awarded to Sanders based on votes cast at poorly attended caucuses.
A similar situation occurred in Nebraska, where Sanders got the majority of the delegates from poorly attended caucuses, but Clinton once again won a significant primary victory.
Sanders has the opportunity to demand that his principles be followed and that the people’s will be honored. He should demand that Clinton be awarded the majority of the delegates that she earned. Thus, he would demonstrate the lofty principles that he demands of others, and it will prove that he is not just another politician “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Stephen Reidel, Benton City