Sen. Bernie Sanders, the nominal Democrat whose two-and-a-half decade career as a registered Independent in Congress has essentially been a form of leftist protest of the Democratic Party, has declared his presidential candidacy will go all the way to the Democratic National Convention in July.
Politico reports Sanders told an audience at the National Press Club that Clinton “will need superdelegates to take her over the top at the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, it will be a contested convention.” An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has the two candidates polling within the margin of error in Indiana, but because all Democratic primaries award delegates proportionally, Sanders needs to win over 60 percent of each primary the rest of the way to have any shot of matching Clinton’s delegate totals.
He knows he’s got little chance of overtaking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the final primary in Washington DC on June 14, but Sanders continues to raise money ($26 million last month, according to CNN) for his insurgent campaign which even many hardcore Clinton supporters begrudgingly appreciate, to a point, for pushing Clinton “to the left” on economics.
Those same Clinton supporters, however, also think Sanders has had his moment and that it’s time for the democratic socialist from Vermont to stop “attacking” his only rival for the nomination or drop out entirely. Some Clinton supporters claim the party needs “unity” now, lest the presumptive nominee suffers any more public criticism that doesn’t come from the mouth of Donald Trump.
The Clinton camp continues to tout how much leg-work it did to support then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 once he was the nominee, but there seems to be a collective case of amnesia on how viciously Clinton’s campaign fought Obama’s down to the very last primary in 2008. In an article last week, Politico recalls Hillary Clinton saying as late as May of that knock-down, drag-out primary process that “Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening,” and the article also notes that Bill Clinton reportedly used his presidential gravitas to try to convince superdelegates that “the country wasn’t ready to elect an African-American President.”