Included in the number of leaked emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, released Wednesday by WikiLeaks is a condescending exchange detailing an effort to pull a fast one over on supporters of primary opponent Bernie Sanders.
An effort to “throw Bernie a bone,” as described by ex-Palm Beach County Democratic Party chairman Mark Alan Siegel, who was later forced to resign after claiming Christians want Jews “slaughtered.”
In a March 20 email sent to former Clinton chief of staff Tamera Luzzatto that was forwarded to Podesta, the former party official talks about offering a proposal at the Democratic convention to reduce the role of superdelegates in future elections in a “ploy to satisfy disgruntled Sanders backers,” The Washington Times reported.
“Here’s my idea,” Siegel wrote in the exchange. “Bernie and his people have been bitching about super delegates and the huge percentage that have come out for Hillary … Why not throw Bernie a bone and reduce the super delegates in the future.”
“So if we ‘give’ Bernie this in the Convention’s rules committee, his people will think they’ve ‘won’ something from the Party Establishment,” he added. “And it functionally doesn’t make any difference anyway. They win. We don’t lose. Everyone is happy.”
Siegel explained the reasoning behind his proposal while throwing some serious shade on Sanders’ supporters, calling them “self-righteous ideologues.”
“I’ve lived through many national conventions and have found that it’s critical that all delegates, especially those representing losing candidates, emerge from the convention feeling that they have won something, achieved something tangible,” Siegel wrote. “I think this is terribly important especially with people like Bernie’s sometimes self-righteous ideologues.
“We want them to go home happy and enthusiastic in working their asses off for Hillary.”
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