Teach them how to say goodbye, Bernie

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Bernie Sanders says that if he wins California’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, he will take his fight for the nomination all the way to the July convention in Philadelphia. He has even suggested that he might do so regardless of the outcome.

Either would be a mistake of historic proportions. Sanders has no argument, moral or mathematical, that could justify such a misstep, leaving an act of ego as its only motivation. Because regardless of what happens Tuesday, Clinton will end the campaign season leading Sanders by every metric that could possibly matter, and it won’t even be all that close.

OVERALL DELEGATES:

According to the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton now needs fewer than 30 delegates to reach the 2,383 required to clinch the nomination. Five states have caucuses or primaries scheduled for the final Tuesday of the primary campaign; the two largest are New Jersey, offering 126 pledged delegates, and California with another 475. Delegates in both states will be awarded proportionately.

Clinton enjoys a consistent 20-point lead in New Jersey polling. Even if that polling proves wrong, she is still guaranteed to come out of New Jersey with those final 30 delegates in her pocket, plus plenty to spare, before they even start to count the votes on the West Coast.

EARNED DELEGATES:

Forget the controversial superdelegates. Clinton enters the last day of the process with almost 290 more earned delegates than Sanders. Even with a great night, battling Clinton to an unlikely draw in New Jersey and winning California, Bernie cannot close that margin by much.

TOTAL VOTES CAST:

Clinton also enjoys an overall lead of 3 million actual votes cast in this year’s caucuses and primaries, and again, there is no feasible outcome Tuesday that could substantially alter that lead. (The earned-delegate and total-vote numbers do not include the weekend’s results in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where votes are still being tallied but where Clinton won easily.)

MOMENTUM: The Sanders campaign likes to claim that it has gathered strength late in the process, but the numbers say otherwise. In the last 11 contests — again excluding the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — Clinton has won 627,000 more votes than Sanders and earned 63 more delegates.  The truth is that Clinton has actually closed pretty well.

THE MORAL ARGUMENT: Earlier in the campaign, Sanders would rail against the role played by superdelegates in the Democratic Party process, complaining that it was deeply unfair and anti-democratic to allow unelected delegates to potentially overturn the voice of the people. His argument made sense, and it dovetailed perfectly with his role as the people’s challenger against the establishment and against a rigged system.

The Sanders camp now asks us to forget all that, claiming that superdelegates have every right and indeed the obligation to overturn the clear will of the voters by voting against Clinton at the convention. In short, they tell us that it is now fine to rig the system as long as it’s rigged on their behalf. That is not a good look, to say the least.

In her campaign against Barack Obama eight years ago, Hillary Clinton also continued to fight long after the math had turned solidly against her. She is a person of considerable ego herself, and like Sanders, she had a hard time admitting to her campaign staff and volunteers, and to herself, that the end had come. Writing at the time, I accused her of “breathing the fumes of the campaign bus for too long.”

Finally — in a speech delivered eight years ago tomorrow, on June 7, 2008 — Clinton conceded a bitter campaign with grace, and by example showed her followers the course to take:

“The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand, is to take our energy, our passion, our strength, and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States. Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him…. So today I am standing with Senator Obama to say: ‘Yes, we can!’

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. And that is why I will work my heart out to make sure that Senator Obama is our next president.”

That is how you say goodbye.

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Kamchak
Kamchak

Hills is the nominee SHEETZ

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Laaa Raaaza fell flat.

central committee didn't even move the focus poll needle

'cut from the same cloth' - come on, man

is Frank Luntz on vacation this week?

honested
honested

@St Simons he-ne-ha 

luntz is probably on hiatus till November.

Or until chump realizes his impairment in walking is directly correlated to how many times he shoots himself in the foot.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

The book, “Crisis of Character,” is due to be released June 28 – a month before Clinton is likely to take the stage to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia. Written by ex-Secret Service Officer Gary J. Byrne, who was “posted directly outside President Clinton’s Oval Office,” the 285-page book paints Clinton as disdainful of rules and erratic in her personality.

While some extracts have already been released on the Amazon.com preview page, the New York Post reported Monday that Byrne claims Clinton is too “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent” to become commander-in-chief.  June 28th.  Mark it on your calendar.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Jesse Jackson has tried to reach out to Sanders in regards to the super delegates and having an influence..Sanders haven't returned the call.  ..bad move Jackson did some things in 88.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Bernie Sanders is showing how his mind is capable of not staying in balance, which is not the same as being mentally ill.  


However, Bernie's tendency to be out-of-touch by over-blowing situations is not what would be prudent or advisable in a Commander in Chief.


I notice that the cable news commentators have mentioned his wife, Jane, along with him in not being willing to bend to the numbers.  (I have stated to watch Jane's influence on Bernie on this blog weeks ago.)


Many of Bernie's supporters are now questioning the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton's nominee status.  This extremely divisive reaction is not good for our nation.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs said.  Something tells me that he's not ready to wave goodbye!

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DownInAlbany Untrue statement, a spokesperson for NBC polls was getting grilled yesterday on tv about why are they releasing this information.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

In Miami, Mr. Regalado said, Mr. Trump is seen as “a bully, as a person who despises people that don’t look like him.” 

Folks in Miami are pretty perceptive, aren't they?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, a male-t0-female transgender athlete became the first trans student to compete for a high school state championship last week.

Wangyot, a senior at Haines High School in Alaska, beat a number of biologically female competitors to the finals at the state Track & Field meet in Anchorage. But her presence at the race was met with some criticism from her fellow runners.  The law of unintended consequences.  Or is it?  Thanks lobbies!

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DownInAlbany It is not..  There have been a couple of cases similar to this before the recent N.C law uproar.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Reminds me of those Rooskie and East German "women" Olympic athletes from decades ago. They were ahead of their time.

breckenridge
breckenridge

re: Trump and the republican brand


MIAMI May 29 — Had Republicans nominated Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush for president, Tomás Regalado would have hurled himself into the task of electing their candidate.

“I would have been all in,” Mr. Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami, said in his office overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Instead, Mr. Regalado, a former broadcast journalist, intends to sit out the presidential race. He considers Mrs. Clinton untrustworthy, but views Mr. Trump as a poisonous candidate who has aggravated racial divisions. In Miami, Mr. Regalado said, Mr. Trump is seen as “a bully, as a person who despises people that don’t look like him.”

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

“I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,”

“He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,”

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

"Card" is code for "I don't have the ability to address the actual issue, so I'm going to attempt to dismiss it."

goat diddler
goat diddler

The best way to avoid rulings you feel ate "unfair", is to avoid activities that result in you being summoned before a judge. ..

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger There is no issue. A judge that belongs to the lawyers version of La Raza (the race) has his integrity challenged due to NOT just his race but also for what the judge has done. 


This is exactly no difference than the SCOTUS questioning and overturning convictions based on nothing more than the racial makeup of juries. 



goat diddler
goat diddler

specifically, what "la raza" activity that this judge engaged in disqualifies him from the bench?

The SCOTUS decision you keep blathering on about was about prosecutorial misconduct to ensure a certain type of jury was seated... a jury of Drumpfs... and TeeDees..

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Nick_Danger @td1234


The irony is that Trump set up his own opportunity to malign that judge, through his own irrational insults to Mexicans.  Thus, he could set up opportunities to question the legitimacy of others in the future through insulting women and thereafter claim that women cannot be fair judges, or ditto, the disabled, or African-Americans, or any other group that Trump has insulted with inflammatory remarks.


(I do not care if Trump now apologizes - which I doubt will happen - because it would only be another scam to fool people for power.  What he has ALREADY done and said is way too much for him to hold office as President of the U. S.)

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Clearly you're misinformed about how commonly the term "la raza" is used.

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger @td1234 Conservative Hispanic Judges that do not like illegal immigration and are not members of La Raza would be perceived as fair. 


Why did the SCOTUS say that to many whites on a jury could not give a black man a fair trail? 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @Nick_Danger 

Are you saying that there should be no Hispanic judges, or that Hispanic judges should recuse themselves from cases involving bigots? 

And why do you believe a white judge would be better than a judge of any other color?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @Nick_Danger 

"Conservative Hispanic Judges that do not like illegal immigration and are not members of La Raza would be perceived as fair." 

Why do you hate America?

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@td1234 @Nick_Danger That La Raza talking point has been debunked numerous times..plus as I mentioned before the racial case before the SCOTUS decision is actually against your point.

td1234
td1234

@foo2u Being on a committee that gave scholarships to illegal immigrants. Total disqualification.  

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @foo2u 

Total disqualification.

Why? 

Can you explain why helping undocumented people should disqualify a judge?

td1234
td1234

@BuckeyeGa Debunked the same way the Hillary email problems have been debunked. In the eyes of progressives only. 

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger Illegals should not be encouraged in anyway to stay in the country (period). 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @Nick_Danger 

Thanks for sharing that opinion. 

But can you explain why it should disqualify a judge in the United States of America?

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger When you have a candidate whose central theme is to deport illegal immigrants and to build a wall and you have a judge whose causes include supporting illegal immigrants then there is a conflict of interest. 

goat diddler
goat diddler

What activities in his judicial capacities are cause for recusal?

goat diddler
goat diddler

Judges are allowed to have personal opinions... as long as they made judicial decisions based on law.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Nick_Danger 

That might suggest reason for such a candidate to modify his 'platform' to one less abhorrent to the Electorate and less overall anti-American.

America doesn't exist to kiss chump where he likes it.

honested
honested

@foo2u 

Is Jeff Foxworthy working on a book called "You Might Be A Narcissist" including a line about if you think a judge might find against you because he hasn't been sufficiently compliant to your will?

breckenridge
breckenridge

After the Romney loss in 2012, the RNC went searching for answers.  And a conservative think tank that did a post-election analysis concluded that it was essential, absolutely necessary, that the party get more of the Hispanic vote if they were going to win future presidential elections.


Appealing to Hispanics has always been an uphill struggle for the party.  But the damage Trump is inflicting on the GOP is something that will last well beyond 2016. 

td1234
td1234

@breckenridge Protecting illegals from deportation is not appealing to illegals. Jobs are appealing to legal Hispanic citizens. 

goat diddler
goat diddler

The browns are "flocking" to the Drumpf... as are the bomb diggedy African Americans...