There lies a great irony in the Clinton Democratic Party’s superdelegates sham. Superdelegates were created to give the illusion of overwhelming party support, a top-up of establishment game riggers just in case Hillary couldn’t earn a majority from pledged delegates alone. This of course does not work if Hillary loses to a majority of pledged delegates, as happened with Obama in 2008. Worse, if Hillary faces a determined opponent, like Bernie Sanders, who is both able to keep her from gaining a majority among pledged delegates, and forces a roll call vote of every single delegate in Philadelphia in July, those superdelegates become the swing votes.
Not a place any establishment game rigging superdelegate really wants to be. Especially not Ohio’s Ron Malone.
The grand poobah of what is known in ODP circles as “The Marion Mafia”, Malone leads a tight knit labor union establishment Sanhedrin that has lined its pockets every single election for the last 25 years with consultant fees, media buys, printing contracts, direct mail and robocall scams, via a patronage network so virulent, it is invulnerable to catastrophic Democratic losses statewide, which have become ODP’s core competence. As Ohio has suffered while state Democrats constantly lose, Ron Malone’s Marion Mafia keeps getting richer, lather rinse repeat, to the point John Kasich is a two term governor, after George Voinovich’s two terms, while the Ohio Statehouse has been rock solid GOP throughout, gutting public services as Malone counts his money.
Ohio Superdeleagate Ron Malone’s reign of total incompetence over the Ohio Democratic Party dates back to at least 1994, when Malone, via his perch at AFSCME, with the help of the Ohio AFL-CIO, force fed Rob Burch down Ohio’s throat as the ODP nominee for governor. Burch promptly gave Ohio government to Voinovich for two terms; Burch gained 27% of the vote statewide, nearly losing ODP its “major party” status under Ohio law, which would have bankrupt the party by removing it from the state tax return checkoff system.
Alas, ODP’s near death experience of 1994 was Ron Malone just warming up.
Malone hand picks the ODP chair at will, including rigging the 2005 ODP Chair race for Chris Redfern, whose chief claim to fame is losing the 2010 re-election of Ted Strickland to John Kasich, ushering in yet another 8 years of GOP total control. Redfern, unfazed, then rigged the 2014 gubernatorial primary for imploding unlicensed driver Ed FitzGerald, the only Ohio Democrat to come close to Burch’s catastrophic result. The aftermath of Redfern’s resignation after the 2014 disaster was Ron Malone at his game rigging finest; Malone bounced from one ODP chair candidate to another until landing on David Pepper, who can be counted on to keep the cash flowin’, because Pepper himself was a statwide ballot creation of the Marion Mafia. Via Malone, a direct line of rigged politics connects every Ohio superdelegate, including Sherrod Brown, whose campaigns Malone has run since Sherrod first combed his hair.
The ODP’s Malone Marion Mafia are 21st century capitalists at their core, who use the state apparatus to minimize (socialize) their risk and maximize (privatize) their return. Malone long ago left AFSCME to swim in the murky waters most parasites call home, creating some front “consulting” business (“Strategies Unlimited” LOL) that he won’t even dislose on his own LinkedIn page, because why bother marketing if the money is hard wired into your bank account?
Malone’s interest as a superdelegate isn’t Ohio, or the United States, or organized labor, or even the Democratic Party, it is his network of cronies whose mortgage payments, like his own, rely on a steady stream of presidential year contracts flowing through known, rigged, party structures with their names on it. Malone exemplifies the broader disconnect between labor union leadership, which rigs the game for Hillary, and the rank and file union members, who love Bernie Sanders.
Smile, Ron! Time for your closeup! I hear Philly is lovely in July.