Web Only / Features » May 16, 2016
Hunting the Hunt Commission
The private meetings that led to the creation of superdelegates have never been published or made public—until now.
The proceedings of the Hunt Commission have never been published.
Despite holding a nationwide series of presidential primaries and caucuses in which millions of voters participate, the Democratic Party still maintains a system of 712 party insiders who often have the final say on who the nominee is. Why did the party choose to institute such a system? To answer that, you need to go back to the Hunt Commission, which in 1982 invented the “superdelegate.”
The proceedings of the Hunt Commission have never been published. In These Times gained access to documents housed in the National Archives, excerpts of which are reproduced below.
The pages here represent only a sample of the total material looked at by In These Times, which itself makes up a small percentage of the total proceedings of the Commission. Nevertheless, the documents presented here provide an exclusive window into the deliberation and motivations that led to the creation of superdelegates.
What do you want to see from our coverage of the 2020 presidential candidates?
As our editorial team maps our plan for how to cover the 2020 Democratic primary, we want to hear from you:
It only takes a minute to answer this short, three-question survey, but your input will help shape our coverage for months to come. That’s why we want to make sure you have a chance to share your thoughts.
if you like this, check out:
- Sanders and Warren Released Criminal Justice Plans This Week. Here’s What’s Good, Bad and Missing.
- Bernie Sanders Calls To Seize the Means of Electricity Production
- Bernie Sanders’ Labor Plan Could Put a Union in Every Workplace in America
- At First-Ever Native American Presidential Forum, Candidates Answer to Centuries of Injustice
- Every American Should Be Guaranteed a Job. The Green New Deal Could Make That Happen.