The Democratic Party would prefer to lose to Republicans than to have progressives win.
A trio of articles in the past two days seem to confirm this. These two paragraphs from Democracy Now! reporting sums it up. Be sure to read the second paragraph:
The New York Times interviewed dozens of Democratic establishment leaders who will serve as “superdelegates” at the party’s nominating convention in July, and found the vast majority are so opposed to Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, they’re willing to risk damage to the Democratic Party. Of 93 superdelegates surveyed by the Times, nearly all said they would vote against Sanders in a brokered convention, if Sanders were to arrive with a plurality — and not a majority — of pledged delegates.
Many of the superdelegates are corporate lobbyists with healthcare clients opposing Sanders’s Medicare for All legislation. The Intercept’s Lee Fang reports one of them, Democratic National Committee member William Owen, donated exclusively to Republican Senate candidates during the last election cycle — including an $8,500 contribution to a joint fundraising committee designed to benefit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Owen is backing former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
Is it really a democracy when a political party can override the will of the voters?
DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, tried to explain the function of superdelegates in February 2016. See if you can follow the logic:
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NY Times The Superdelegates Are Nervous