Before we get all strung out of shape about super delegates, I just want to let it be known that my recent travels online revealed that in 2008, it was Barack Obama who got the super delegates, even though Hillary Clinton got more votes in the primary. What? Repeat that.
Yes, in 2008, she got more votes than Barack Obama, but he got the nomination. It had been pretty much written in stone, as the core Democrats fell in line behind their guy, but regardless, she got more votes, he got the ticket to destiny.
At the end of this primary season, it is possible, Bernie Sanders might get more votes. And yet, Clinton might get the super delegates and the next trip to destiny. And, of course, the hardcore Sanders’ folks will scream foul. They will throw more mud at Clinton trash her already trashed reputation, bring up her wicked deeds, and the candidate will be soiled again.
Not sure how this works but the Democrats are going to have realize what De La Soul said years ago; the Stake is High.
Now, I am not calling for any nominee. For one, I am not a Democrat. I was a Democrat for a minute in 1988 and I voted for Jesse Jackson in the D.C. primary. I then went back Independent. I have remained out of these parties, which to me aren’t really parties (that is another rant).
Second, I do not think Sanders is the “savior” and don’t think Hillary Clinton is the devil. The two camps have overplayed much of that juxtaposition.
Bernie Sanders has a solid record as a public servant and his views are the modern liberal vision of a people politics. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has a strange record, mixed with opportunism, naked politics, but also some quite visionary moments, like her book, “It Takes a Village,’ and in 2008, when she came out for universal health coverage early in the campaign and forced Obama to embrace it as candidate and President.
Finally, I am not sure either can be elected unless they consolidate their support some kind of way. Sanders’ supporters do not like Clinton. Clinton supporters are beginning to resent the attacks. This is a mistake if they want to win. Some kind of way Sanders has to become more legitimate and that might be hard considering he is a Democratic Socialist. Some people are just not going to vote for him because they don’t understand what that means.
As for Clinton, her troubles relate to her husband’s years of opportunistic, cut throat politics. Throw anyone under the bus to keep your political life going. He did and now she is paying the price. She went along with much of it so how can you blame anyone but her.
This is the struggle ahead. Losing this election could mean the dismantling of much of Barack Obama’s work. The health care law. Clean energy investments. Nothing on immigration but more border control. A missed chance to name replacements for U.S. Supreme Court justices.
There is no reason to be divided if you are a Democrat. No reason for attacks. Show your best side. Discuss the issues. Say what is at stake. You have to make your case but you don’t want any of the remaining GOP candidates taking the country back to laissez faire governance. Does the nation need another Antonin Scalia as a Supreme Court justice? No. We want to smash racism not perpetuate it judicially for another 30 years. Should we vote to end a very successful national health care program? No way. The results are in.
But, in all honesty, it would not surprise me at all if the Democrats blow this one. In 1968, Hubert Humphrey was not entirely pleasing and a bit too conservative. They challenged him. He lost to Nixon eventually and so we got Nixon and his racism and corrupted demeanor. It is a choice, this unity.
‘Perfection,” it has been said, “is the enemy of progress. ‘ Who said it?