If you asked me just a few months ago how the primary season would shake out I would never have guessed we would be where we are today. After the Indiana Primary, Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz respectfully dropped out of the Republican race leaving the nomination in the hands of none other than the xenophobic, racist and sexist candidate that is Donald Trump. This has been so upsetting to some in the Republican Party that House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today that he is not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.
None-the-less, after months of infighting and publicly hating each other the candidates did what they thought was best for their party, but mostly for the ideals they feel they share most with their frontrunner Donald Trump over the democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Even the morning of the Indiana Primary Ted Cruz was taking brutal swings at Trump, but still stepped out of the race when the cards showed he was not going to win.
Yet when you look at the Democrats the race is still chugging along. While Bernie Sanders requires 101% of the remaining delegates left to be allocated he refuses to drop out of the primary. He, somehow, sees this impossible accomplishment as possible. Why? Because he thinks he can flip delegates and his supporters keep sending in their money to him.
The reality is that Bernie Sanders needs 101% of the remaining delegates from the remaining primaries to win. That comes out to 944 out of the 933 remaining delegates, which is statistically impossible. Not just statistically impossible, but Hillary will win some of the remaining states (if not all) and the remaining delegates will be split. Following Tim Robbins, a Bernie Sanders surrogate, insulted Guam you can even assume she will get a majority of their 12 pledged delegates in addition to most likely sweeping California.
With that being a REALITY you have to accept the fact that Hillary only requires 163 more delegates to get to the magic number of 2383. That number drops after every single primary. Bernie Sanders is proving to be nothing more than a self-ego boosting elitist who pounds the ground like a petulant child when he doesn’t get his way.
Yes, I know a bunch of you will respond saying the primary was rigged, but you won’t find a sympathetic ear from me. The inability for the Sanders campaign to educate it’s supporter base to register as democrats to vote in democratic primaries is on the Sanders campaign. The voters who did not register correctly need to take responsibility for that. The argument that all American’s should get to vote is also a ludicrous thought. No one has ever prevented you from your constitutional right to vote for the next President of the United States. Nope, not a single person or party. A party primary is where a party selects their candidate to run for President. Candidates have an option to run in the major political parties or not to. Jill Stein is a great example of someone who didn’t fit the major party platforms so is running on her own. Bernie Sanders made the choice to switch from an independent (which he is running for senate as in 2018), but instead decided to run as a democrat. He was fully aware of the rules set by each individual state. He also publicly announced he only ran as a democrat for the media attention and money. These are all choices Bernie Sanders made and his supporters need to accept or point the finger of blame at him.
And yes, 120,000 democratic voters were ousted or purged from registration in New York, but those voters represented supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Oh and it was a republican who made this move and has since been punished for it.
The argument that super-delegates should be forced to side with the candidate who won their respective state is also a voided argument. According to ABC News, even if super-delegates voted for the winner of their state Bernie would still not get the edge. The super-delegate totals would go from 520 for Hillary and 39 for Bernie to 374 for Hillary and 147 for Bernie.
Another way to look at this is 4 scenarios proposed by Sanders and/or his supporters:
- Current Rules: Hillary Clinton is the clear winner.
- As I stated if super-delegates had to vote the way their state went Hillary still wins.
- If we had the same rules as the Republicans do for their party primary and had winner take all states Hillary wouldn’t just be winning, but the race would have ended already.
- If super-delegates were removed from the equation all together, the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination would be lower and Hillary would still win. If eliminated the new majority of pledged delegates needed would be 2,026. Bernie would require 66% of delegates remaining and Hillary would only need 34%.
All in all nothing is rigged. In fact, there is nothing more democratic than the candidate with the most popular votes, pledged delegates and super-delegates in a party primary winning that party nomination for President and moving on to the general election.
The trophy generation needs to wake up. There is no trophy for the loser in politics. This isn’t a little league game and your mommy can’t fix it for you. You just have to accept reality and align with a candidate who best fits your beliefs… Or you can just not vote if you feel so inclined, but that is a shame if you truly care about progressive and liberal issues. If you truly cared about the issues then you would help defeat Trump in the general election which HAS started.
Bernie can keep limping along pretending like he will get something out of this, but all he is getting out of this is hurting the party that embraced him. The loser of a primary doesn’t get to set the winners agenda. Hillary Clinton didn’t make demands like that of President Obama and the 2008 election was much closer! It’s a reality Bernie will have to face soon. I can’t wait for him to return to the senate to find all of his leadership positions gone.