It’s hard to believe that the Democratic primary is nearly over. I’ll be honest with all of you, I’ve been “over” this primary for weeks. After all is said and done, after emotions settle, many of us on the left are going to need to take a hard look at some of our more “far-left” brethren and do something about the litany of tea party-type qualities (conspiracies, rejecting of facts, hypocrisy, hostility) that dominated so many political discussions over the last few months.
The big day many of us have been waiting for is nearly upon us, June 7th – the day California (as well as five other states) heads to the polls to more or less wrap up this year’s primary. With a whopping 475 delegates, California is, by far, the biggest delegate prize of the entire race. New Jersey, with its 126 delegates, is not exactly a slouch either.
However, the truth of the matter is, unless Bernie Sanders manages to somehow win around 68-70 percent of all delegates that are up for grabs on Tuesday he’s still going to be trailing Clinton by a fairly substantial margin. While he might score sizable wins in South Dakota (20 delegates), North Dakota (18 delegates) and Montana (21 delegates) there aren’t many delegates between those contests for him to make up any significant ground. Then it’s unlikely that, even if he wins, his victory in New Mexico (34) will be all that large, and he’s probably going to lose New Jersey by a margin fairly similar to what we saw in New York. This means, when it comes to California, he’s going to need to win the state by a margin of between 40 and 50 — which isn’t going to happen.
The harsh reality for diehard Sanders supporters is this race has essentially been over for weeks. Following Super Tuesday, the writing was on the wall. After he went 0-5 on March 15th, Clinton’s lead was nearly insurmountable. When he lost New York, the odds of his mounting a comeback were all but impossible. I know that’s not what many pro-Sanders folks want to hear, but that’s just the reality.
So, while many Sanders supporters have been tirelessly holding out hope for a miracle, most people who don’t fall into the “diehard Sanders” club have been pivoting toward and getting ready for the general election campaign against Donald Trump and the Republican party.
That’s why I wasn’t surprised when I saw the story recently where it appears Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been working closely with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) over the last few weeks and her endorsement of Clinton is likely to come this week, possibly even as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.
Though this story is also part of rumors that have been swirling over the last couple of days that Clinton’s working toward selecting Warren as her running mate.
If and when that happens, the “Bernie or bust” people and many of these more rabid Sanders supporters are going to see her as “Enemy #1.”
Yes Sanders supporters I know, Bernie’s going to flip those superdelegates by the time the convention rolls around so Clinton technically won’t “win” the nomination until they officially vote in July. Hey, if you want to believe that superdelegates are going to ignore the will of the voters by siding with a candidate who’s likely going to be over 200 pledged delegates and 2 million votes behind the frontrunner because flawed head-to-head polling favors him — then go right ahead. It’s not going to happen, but I’m not going to try to reason with someone who’s so unreasonable they actually believe that it will.
When Warren finally does what everyone who’s been realistic about this Democratic primary knew she was going to do, wait to endorse whoever eventually won the Democratic nomination, it’s going to be ugly. Especially if it’s announced this week or before the convention that she’s agreed to be Clinton’s VP.
For a taste of what we can expect, look no further than a few weeks ago when many Sanders supporters flooded Warren’s Facebook page with insults and attacks because she didn’t give in to their demands to endorse Sanders. Think about it, they attacked her for not endorsing either candidate – just imagine what these folks are going to say when she officially endorses Clinton while Sanders is still trying to sell his “I’ll flip the superdelegates based on polling numbers” nonsense.
But forget the endorsement, if it’s announced sometime before the convention that she’s agreed to be her running mate, I might need to take a few days off from the Internet.
In an instant, Elizabeth Warren, easily the most admirable (and popular) progressive Democrat in the Senate, will be labeled everything from a “shill,” to a “sellout,” to “spineless” (for not endorsing Sanders prior to the Massachusetts primary) — and I’m certain she’ll be accused of taking money from the Clinton campaign. After all, what would some sort of endorsement or praise for Clinton be without the usual “you must have been paid/bribed by her to say that” nonsense that always follows.
All she will have done is what everyone who follows politics knew she was going to do from the very beginning: Stay neutral until the end of the primary, then quickly endorse the candidate who won and get ready to be one of the most prominent voices for Democrats heading into the November elections.
Then if she becomes her VP, all she would be doing is putting herself in a position where she feels she can do the most good to help Americans. Again, she’ll be relentlessly bashed by some on the far-left as nothing but a “sellout to the establishment.”
It’s not even going to be the most absurd thing we’ll see in the next couple of months. Just wait until Bernie Sanders eventually ends his campaign, endorses Hillary Clinton and then campaigns for her — that is going to be a sight to see. I guess he’ll be accused of taking Clinton’s money, too.
However, until then, I wouldn’t be shocked if a big story this week following Tuesday’s elections is Elizabeth Warren’s official endorsement of Hillary Clinton (possibly even VP, though they still may wait a little while for that), followed by the incredibly vile backlash she’s going to endure from the more radical, vocal minority grouping of Bernie Sanders supporters for doing so.
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