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Hillary Clinton who earlier this week clinched the Democratic Party nomination - sealed the deal tonight against Bernie Sanders and his "political revolution" in California, the biggest prise of all. Clinton won the California primary by a 55.8%-42.3% margin eclipsing polls that put the race in the too close to call column.
Fresh off just watching The Bern's speech to a fawning crowd in an airplane hanger, not in LA Bernie but in Santa Monica (his geography is as bad as his math) - I was stunned by his failure to acknowledge reality - the game is over Bernie. If he thinks he'll win in DC next week - he clearly has lost his sense of reality almost as much as The Donald. That's shocking.
The Bern is going to be taking his "movement" to Philly in July. Fair enough.
In 1988 I went to Atlanta as a Jackson delegate knowing full well that Dukakus was going to be the nominee. My reason for going was to raise the flag of another "political revolution" not dissimilar to the Bern's faithful goals. We left Atlanta united only to be disappointed by how Dukakis ran a terrible campaign.
Hillary Clinton is no Micheal Dukakis. She's not going to let The Donald deal in lies, half-truths and litigating the Bill Clinton years - nobody cares anymore! And Hillary won't stop campaigning over the summer which Dukakis did exhibiting monumental stupidity. Hillary is a fighter and survivor. She knows a campaign is a marathon not a sprint.
To "dump the Trump" she will need The Bern's help. But California's vote illustrate how badly the media can overstate millennial support for The Bern (it's not a monolithic bloc) and/or the chance they might actually vote for The Donald in the fall. Hillary won over 14 million votes, Bernie won 11 million votes and The Donald 12 million votes.
That gives the D's if unified a 25 million to 12 million advantage out of the gate! I like those 2 to 1 odds!
The electorate will expand to @ 65 million voters most of whom have paid little attention to the campaign thus far. With the combo of Hillary, Barack, Bill and a VP choice TBD in Philly along with The Bern's help whipping The Donald's fat ass should be very doable. But it requires a unified and energized Democratic party.
Wow the D's take the gloves off early! The Bern pledges to defeat Trump after meeting with Barack. Then Barack endorses Hillary followed by excoriating critiques of Trump by Elizabeth Warren (who may be is auditioning for VP) and then VP Joe Biden follows suit. Clearly this was all orchestrated by Team Hillary.
Here's where The Bern comes in - is he going to be smart turning his millions in a positive direction, or is he going to sulk? Again, if I'm Hillary my best move to keep The Bern on the stage and to enable him to stoke up his "political revolution" is to pick him as her VP as much as it might make Hillary cringe. The Bern on the stump would be a perfect foil for The Donald.
However this works out - allowing The Bern to have a major impact on the platform, to be VP or to endorse his call for ending super delegates and/or closed primaries - this combo of change will advance the "political revolution" The Bern calls for and give him a chance to put meat on the bones of his rhetoric.
The Bern insurgecy is also is a promisary note to an expanded Democratic party. It's no longer the party of the Solid South, big city machines or big labor. Bernie has added a "democratic socialist" wing to the party giving the Occupy and BLM activists a place at the table like Clean Gene and Bobby energized a new generation in the '68 campaign.
Out of those "insurgencies" came George McGovern, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham - among many other now mainstream Ds. The Bern like Jesse Jackson in '88 has moved the party further to the progressive Left away from neo-liberalism. Who is waiting in the wings with Bernie to keep Hillary on message - Elizabeth Warren!
But bottom line, The Bern between now and Philly must come to terms - he lost, Hillary won. And he's got to tell his supporters that the next stage is to stop The Donald - that means voting for Hillary! There is no other way out. If he does this - he will have done more to advance his issues than he could have imagined when his quixotic campaign begin!
If not his name will be reviled in the annals of American political history as Ralph Nader's is given his role in Florida in 2000.