Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton Widens Delegate Lead; Sanders Remains in a Delusional Alternate Reality

With the projected results in for four of the six primaries taking pace today, Hillary Clinton is winning three, in particular delegate rich New Jersey.  For the other two, the results will not be in for a number of hours.  But even if he were to win both, Bernie Sanders cannot overcome the delegate count - or most likely, the number of votes won by Clinton.  Yet, the ego filled old crank continues to refuse to accept the reality and refuses to capitulate and end his campaign.  I am seriously beginning to believe that some how Sanders and Donald Trump are fraternal twins separated at birth.  Both live in their own manufactured reality.  A piece in Politico looks at Sanders' increasingly delusional denial of reality. Here are excerpts:
Hillary Clinton won New Jersey on Tuesday, kicking off a night in which she is set to declare victory as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party and the first woman in U.S. history to lead a major-party ticket, even as her last remaining rival Bernie Sanders resists growing calls to quit.
Clinton officially crossed the 2,383 delegate threshold to clinch the nomination in anti-climactic fashion on Monday, with the Associated Press spoiling her planned celebration by announcing its canvass of super delegates revealed she had hit the magic number. She had previously been expected to cross that threshold on Tuesday, when six states — New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and California — are voting. Clinton’s victory address will occur on exactly the eight-year anniversary of her famous 2008 concession speech, in which she declared that she had failed to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling" but that her voters had created “18 million cracks” in it. That speech represented her call for party unity. Now she turns to the urgent task of bringing together a Democratic Party whose progressive wing has resisted her ascent to the White House for almost a decade, first backing Barack Obama in 2008 and then Sanders in 2016.
Sanders has shown no interest in quitting even as Clinton has sewn up the nomination, arguing that superdelegates are not legally bound to support her and could still change their minds.
 “We’re on the phone right now,” Sanders told NBC News on Tuesday night, trying to flip those superdelegates.
In modern history there is no precedent for those superdelegates disagreeing with the will of the voters. Sanders trails Clinton badly in both total votes and pledged delegates won.
[L]argely the race has passed Sanders by, as Clinton has begun zeroing in on Trump, delivering a blistering speech last week calling him “temperamentally unfit” for the presidency.
Sanders needs to end his campaign immediately and put the best interests of the country against his huge ego.  All efforts now need to focus on defeating Donald Trump who represents everything Sanders claims to be against. 

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