At first, Bernie condemned the superdelegate system, saying it was “rigged” and that it would “steal” the nomination from him. Now that he’s behind in the popular vote and with pledged delegates, he wants the superdelegates to “steal” the election from Hillary. No matter how you look at it, that’s hypocritical.
Sanders told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, “We’re going to make the case for the superdelegates, ‘Your job is to make sure that Trump is defeated, that Bernie Sanders, in fact, for a variety of reasons, not just polling, is the strongest candidate.'”
Todd told Sanders he was contradicting himself. “You’re saying you want them to respect the vote in their state, then at the same time, you say, ‘But oh, by the way, for those of you that are a superdelegate in a state that Clinton won, why don’t you think about the general election?’ It’s a little bit hypocritical to be on both sides of those issues,” Todd said.
“No, no, no, that’s not what I’m saying,” Sanders responded, without specifically answering how he’s not being hypocritical.
Maybe he just can’t see it. His followers certainly can’t. In their minds, it’s a crime if Hillary does it, but perfectly acceptable if Bernie does it.
All this arguing over superdelegates is pointless, however. Even if Bernie could “rig” the system for himself, it wouldn’t change the current outcome.