The Bern latest spin is that the nomination process is "rigged." This is pure 100% prime Vermont bull. The delegate selection process is the most open and fair in the game - all delegate minus super Ds are elected on a proportionate vote basis, unlike the GOP system which is rigged there are no "winner take all" contests. And the super delegates - party leaders at the state level represent only 15% of the delegates.
This has been the name of the game since the 1972 McGovern/Frazier reforms modified in the Clinton era by including super delegates to give some weight to party leaders. The wild card factor which The Bern has benefited from is that many state contests are open primaries or caucuses, unlike Oregon or New York, which allow late bloomers to vote even if they are not party identifiers.
It's about time The Bern and his base get real - the contest is over! I just heard Bernie on NPR coverage from Indiana claim he has won over 9 million voters... Well Hillary had over 10 million after the East Coast primaries last week before a very tight contest in the Hoosier state. You do the math. But the real issue is that the Bern has won voters who are NOT traditional Democratic voters, independents and millennials.
If a political party means anything it galvanizes those who 'identify' with it at election time, not clueless independents who want to register their anger! But more than half the states allow independent voters to participate - so The Bern got a large boost from those voters, just as The Donald. This is a warning - the disaray within the GOP ranks could be replicated sometime among the Ds.
My solution is simple but unlikely because despite The Bern's protestations, voter registration is a prerogative of states not the federal government nor the RNC or DNC.
In an ideal world one would prefer "same day registration" to allow disaffected or energized voters to join the party of their "current choice" as the register to vote. This way they "officially" join the party of their choice until they re-register. That allows both parties to grow and to honor mobilized voters who will then feel some loyalty to that party and its agenda.
After all a party is supposed to stand for something - more than a dimes worth a difference from each other! You want to play the game, you dance with those who "brung ya" - voters and parties. It's called accountability.
Bernie knew the process, so his crying foul is just bad form by a losing candidate who has had a huuuuuuuuuge effect - yet seems to want more. You play by the rules win or lose, you don't have the right to cry foul just because you're losing. You play between the lines that's the system - fair and square. Hillary played that way in '08 and gracefully conceded to Obama. Let's hope The Bern does the same.
Bernie, as one who ran for the Democratic Party nomination, it's the height of duplicity to say you have no control over your supporters. You have the most important ingredient - the art of persuasion plus the looming presence of The Donald. If that's not enough - shame on you and those you brought to the dance!