Clare Foren, writing in The Atlantic, adds up Bernie Sanders' wins and sees an avoidable loss.
Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of a winning streak. After defeating Hillary Clinton in the Indiana Democratic primary, the Vermont senator notched a win in West Virginia on Tuesday, and appears well-positioned for a victory in the upcoming Oregon primary. It’s also likely to help the campaign pull in a fresh flood of small-dollar donations from energized supporters.
That will allow Sanders to claim momentum. ...TheAtlantic
Still, none of that changes the fact that Hillary Clinton has effectively sealed off a pathway to the nomination for Sanders. ...TheAtlantic
Wait a minute. More yadda yadda about superdelegates? Yes, but there's another side to this.
A CBS poll from April shows that 44 percent of Democratic primary voters want Sanders to win, but only 23 percent actually believe he will win. That suggests at least some people support the senator to indicate political preference, not because they necessarily believe their vote makes it more likely for him to win. ...TheAtlantic
That's the real problem, in my view. I have a serious problem with pre-pledged delegates. For the rest of us peons, self-defeating voting is beyond annoying. It's childish.
Maybe (finally!) there'll be a backlash.
At the far end of the spectrum, there are the defiant die-hards. These voters willfully reject predictions from the mainstream media and political pundits that Sanders’s path to the nomination is effectively closed off. These are supporters who devote hours to pro-Sanders message boards, and furiously take to Twitter to denounce anyone who portrays the race differently than they do. Hearing people say Sanders can’t win may make these voters even more motivated to show support for him or to volunteer for his campaign in an effort to get out the vote. “Many of his supporters don’t trust the government establishment, but they also don’t trust the media or the polls,” Lilliana Mason, a political science professor at the University of Maryland College Park, said. “So for them, the reports of his demise are premature.” ...TheAtlantic
All the junk that we accuse Washington of perpetrating? It starts and ends with our votes. And -- worse -- our regular absence from the voting booth.