The Democratic elite would love nothing more than to see Bernie Sanders drop out of the race – and I’m sure he’s under serious pressure to do so – but our stubborn Uncle Bernie has dug in his heels.
“The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention,” said Sanders on Saturday in what I see as a final and desperate move to convince California voters that his campaign still has momentum.
“Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14th,” he added.
The Vermont Senator has promised to take his bid all the way to the party’s convention in late July, even if he doesn’t win California this Tuesday. Sanders knows he is vastly outnumbered when it comes to delegates, but he is working furiously to earn more.
Sanders has also criticized the media’s portrayal of his opponent’s lead. Superdelegates are not locked in, he explains, and in fact have 6 weeks before they have to make a real decision. Opinions could change. With less than 50 superdelegates to Clinton’s 547, however, it doesn’t seem possible that Bernie has a chance of winning.
“We understand that we have a steep climb,” says Sanders. “I’m not here to tell you that tomorrow we’re going to flip 300 superdelegates. You don’t hear me say that. But I am saying we are going to make the case.”
Meanwhile, the former Secretary of State considers herself the de facto nominee and is all but ignoring her socialist rival as she narrows her focus on defeating Donald Trump. It is expected that she will clinch the nomination before the DNC, reaching that magic number Tuesday evening as votes come in from California.
Bernie put up a good fight, but unless Hillary’s mistakes as Secretary of State land her in jail, he might as well just give up.
Editor’s note: I keep saying this but if Hillary gets indicted, the convention could be in play. The superdelegates have committed but they are human and are allowed to change their minds.