No, Bernie does not have momentum. Quite the contrary

(AP)

It’s been “interesting”, shall we say, to experience the reaction of Bernie Sanders supporters to my suggestion that Sanders has lost the race and ought to find a way to break the news to his followers.

For example, I’ve learned things about myself that I did not know, including that I’m a corporate sellout on the Hillary payroll and, as one gentleman put it on Facebook, a Republican and “the same Bookman at the AJC who was one of George W. Bush’s early cheerleaders.”

Again, if you thought that disdain for a fact-based universe was limited to those on the right, you now know better.

One recurring theme among Sanders’ avid supporters is the claim that Bernie now has momentum, that much of Hillary Clinton’s obvious lead in delegates and the popular vote was built early in the race, before Bernie had the money and media visibility to be heard, and in primaries that were located disproportionately in the South. The implication is that the importance of those earlier primaries ought to be diminished, with more weight given to more recent outcomes.

It almost sounds convincing, except for one thing: That claim is no more factual than the claim that I was a Bush cheerleader.

Let’s take the last month of the Democratic campaign and for argument’s sake forget everything that happened before them. Let’s wipe the slate clean and pretend that the process started with the New York primary on April 19, a primary that Sanders at one point suggested that he would win.

Including that race, we’ve had 10 primaries and one caucus, in Guam. Hillary won six of those 10 primaries, and also the Guam caucus. Sanders won four.

In the past month, Hillary has won 462 earned delegates; Bernie has won 399.

And bottom line, in the past month, Hillary has gotten 627,218 more primary votes than Bernie.

That is not momentum, ladies and gentlemen. Sanders continues to lose more than he wins, he is falling further behind in the earned delegate count and even late in the race, with the issues and personalities fully explored, he continues to draw fewer votes than his opponent.

So let’s be frank: What the more avid Sanders backers are demanding as part of their “crusade to save democracy” is that democracy be ignored, that the opinions of a clear majority of those who have taken the time and effort to vote in Democratic primaries be thrown in the trash bin, and that anything short of tossing those votes in the trash bin amounts to a “rigged process” against them. The same folks who complained bitterly about the unfairness of superdelegates supposedly empowered to overturn the verdict of the people are now demanding that superdelegates must overturn the verdict of the people, so that they can be allowed to win and make everything right in the world. It is the argument of a spoiled child.

There’s considerable angst right now about the difficulty of reuniting the Democratic Party to face Donald Trump, especially given recent polls showing a slight Trump lead. I think that concern about division is overblown. The overwhelming majority of Sanders supporters have backed him in good faith, have participated in the process in good faith and I see every sign that they will accept the verdict of the primary process in good faith. They understand the stakes.

Sure, that probably won’t be true of the most hard-core Sanders supporters, but numerically speaking I don’t think that’s a large group. They are vocal and aggressive, they are passionate to the point of self-righteousness, but it’s a mistake to let them define the vast majority of those who #FeltTheBern but are now ready to accept the verdict of their fellow Americans and turn their attention to the fall.

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Will Jones
Will Jones

Bookman is a satanic agent of our JFK-assassinating, 9/11-committing Vatican banker/FedScamming Rothschild/Rockefeller(Bush-Clinton) ZioTalmud/papist/homosexual pedophile Organized Crime ruling false-elite, no man and no American.

Terri Franssen
Terri Franssen

Thats funny because Kentucky,. New York, Arizona and other states have found election fraud! How does that work?! Being ignored and allowed by MSM?!?

Johnnie Bennett
Johnnie Bennett

Sorry Bernie but the DNC has spoken . I think that you have not been treated fairly in this race. But it ain't over till it's over.

Avis Graham
Avis Graham

Real talk.....Bernie looks like he's barely hanging on these days. How old is he? It just looks like this campaign is taking a physical toll on him.

John Washington
John Washington

Yep. He tied one of the last states and won the other outright. What a loser.

Gussie Boatwright
Gussie Boatwright

Mr. Sanders ran a good race. Now it's time for him to go home. It's all over.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Aw, man—say it ain't so! For the 1st time ever, I disagree w/ the voice of reason I relied on for 12 yrs when I lived in ATL!

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles A left-wing conspiracy theory without factual basis is no better than its right-wing counterpart. Sorry.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc The issues Bernie has been doggedly promoting for 40 yrs are finally at the forefront, with people listening as never before.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc The momentum Bernie carries shouldn't be measured merely in terms delegate count, or total votes cast in non-caucus states.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc That is his true momentum, I think, and it won't end after this primary, not with so many young people engaged.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc The anger among Bernie supporters comes from as of yet unexplained Election Day and convention anomalies in AZ, IL, NY, NV...

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc …& other states, not to mention exit poll discrepancies in 11 states falling outside margin of error.

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles You're implying that Hillary has the power to fix elections in many states. Do you actually believe that?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc No evidence because there was none to be found, or none b/c no one was allowed to investigate thoroughly & transparently?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc BTW I don't treat the topic of evidence lightly. I'm a CPA auditor. No conclusion can be drawn w/o independent investigation.

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles Yet you're making public charges of immense consequence, while also admitting you have NO proof of any of it?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc She couldn't alone. It would require coordinated effort, not unlike the REDMAP plan—or ALEC's influence on state legislators

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles Yeah. A multi-state conspiracy of hundreds if not thousands, yet not a squib of evidence and in total secrecy. Really?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Example: AZ voters' registration being flipped from Dem to Indy or Repub. Huge red flag. Why did it occur?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc No, I'm addressing red flags of immense consequence—which require indep. investigation before proof can be presented.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc We can't know w/o an independent investigation, without which, no one's concerns will be resolved. Move along? Nothing 2 see?

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles You ALREADY seem to know, even without a scintilla of evidence. How do we KNOW Obama wasn't born in Kenya? Same stuff, sorry

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc That's the thing. I don't know—We can't know—without investigation. Want proof? Then we need to investigate.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Birthergate was resolved unequivocally when POTUS presented his birth certificate. Repubs didn't accept it. I'm not like that

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc REDMAP was nuts, but it was real, happened in secrecy & reported on too late. Consequence? My beloved NC is now home to .

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc You raise a lot of important issues, difficult for me to discuss thoroughly in 140 word tweets. I'll email later.

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles REDMAP wasn't nuts. Nor was it illegal. A multistate voting conspiracy -- including GOP officials!! -- is nuts.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc You want facts, which I cannot provide without investigation. I want to investigate, but you imply doing so is unwarranted.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc i.e., why we're not connecting. Please: what threshold must be reached in order to justify a journalistic investigation?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc In accounting, the threshold is low. Perhaps, based on my training and experience, I see possibility of fraud where u do not.

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles And based on my own training and experience, I see none. It is utterly implausible, with NO factual evidence.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Nobe? Not even when longtime AZ Democrats showed up with voter registration in hand, but "the system" said they were Indys?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc None? Not even when longtime AZ Democrats showed up with voter registration in hand, but "the system" said they were Indys?

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles Oh. So your theory is that a GOP-run election agency in cahoots with Hillary ID'd Bernie voters & banned them? Seriously?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc An opposing theory would be that a computer cord got jiggled, switching thousands of AZ voters from Dems to Indy.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc I can't be serious about either theory unless someone lets me in with a team forensic experts to determine what happened

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc in the meantime, thousands of AZ voters were denied their right to vote, and we cannot tell them why. Unacceptable.

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Fair enough then. I trust there are loads of things we still agree on. Maybe Panama Papers? Rich people sheltering $ = bad?

cuentafrijoles
cuentafrijoles

@jaybookmanajc Oh hey, what ever happened to ol' Redneck Convert? Next time I may end w/ his line: "That's my opinion and it's very true!" \U0001f604

jaybookmanajc
jaybookmanajc

@cuentafrijoles What would you say if Republicans claimed Obama had cheated them out of the 2012 election, but with no evidence?