Blog Running – Feeling The Bern – ‘Bernie. Don’t Do This’.
From Jamelle Bouie over at Slate.
‘Bernie Sanders is still in it to win it. Which is a problem. Because he can’t’.
‘Hillary Clinton holds 1,768 pledged delegates—allocated through primaries and caucuses—to Sanders’ 1,494. To overcome that deficit, Sanders would have to win 67 percent of all remaining delegates, including massive wins in Clinton-friendly states such as California and New Jersey. Barring an extraordinary shift, this won’t happen. It’s not a live possibility’.
‘ Sanders is trying to get around these facts by arguing, in effect, that the will of his voters counts for more than the majority. In doing so, he isn’t just fighting till the last vote for a worthy cause—he’s deriding and disregarding the votes of the party’s most loyal backers, voters who are key to any progressive project, now and in the future’.
Clinton – 12,989,134
Sanders – 9,957,889
‘But the Sanders campaign doesn’t seem to care. “While Mr. Sanders says he does not want Mr. Trump to win in November, his advisers and allies say he is willing to do some harm to Mrs. Clinton in the shorter term if it means he can capture a majority of the 475 pledged delegates at stake in California and arrive at the Philadelphia convention with maximum political power,” reports the New York Times on the campaign’s newest strategy—a scorched-earth run to the finish’.
‘Democratic leaders say they’re worried, and it’s easy to see why. In the past month, Sanders has switched gears, from a policy critique of Clinton to a process argument against the Democratic Party. The argument? That any outcome short of full deference to his campaign is evidence of corruption and betrayal’.
‘Clinton took a terrible turn in the last weeks of the 2008 campaign, where she cited the possibility of Obama being assassinated as one reason to stay in the race’.
‘But this is different’.
‘Less crass and more destructive’.
‘Even at her worse, Clinton never wavered from Democratic unity. And after she conceded the race, she urged her supporters and delegates to back Obama’.
‘Sanders, on the other hand, has offered a stark analysis to his voters’.
‘If Clinton, the winner of the Democratic primary, bends the knee, Sanders says the party is salvageable’.
‘If she doesn’t, it’s not’.