Conservatives who disagree with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on every issue can probably concede one point: If the former Vermont senator was a quitter, he’d have abandoned his quest for the White House by now.
Given the Democratic Party’s decidedly undemocratic “super delegate” set up, and the sheer power of the Clinton machine, Sanders seems unlikely to win his party’s nomination.
Yet that hasn’t stopped him or his often violent supporters from moving forward, and even doubling down on their efforts.
Following the melee at the party’s Nevada state convention — which saw Bernie delegates throwing chairs and uttering death threats at fellow Democrats — Sanders has bounced back, with his eyes on the upcoming prize: the California primary.
According to the New York Times:
After sounding subdued if not downbeat about the race for weeks, Mr. Sanders resumed a combative posture against Mrs. Clinton, demanding on Wednesday that she debate him before the June 7 primary in California and highlighting anew what he asserted were her weaknesses against Mr. Trump. (…)
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.
Privately, Mrs. Clinton’s advisers said Mr. Sanders could win California but emphasized their confidence that Mrs. Clinton would still win the nomination. She now has a total of 2,293 pledged delegates and super delegates; she needs 90 more to win the nomination, although super delegates can shift their support up to the convention. Mr. Sanders has 1,533 pledged delegates and super delegates.
The arithmetic isn’t in Sanders’ favor. However, his supporters are far more idealistic and therefore more intimidating than Hillary’s — and likely even less constrained by any thing so “reality based” as mathematics. There’s nothing like a lost cause to bring out the recklessness of a mob.
It’s no wonder veteran political junkies fear (or even hope) that this year’s Democratic Convention will devolve into the riots that broke out at the Chicago DNC in 1968 — and handed the White House to Republican Richard Nixon.
Source: New York Times