I hold these truths to be self-evident:
- It is just that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee. She has 12.7 million votes to Bernie Sanders’s 9.6 million, 1,741 pledged delegates to his 1,458, and 524 Superdelegates to his 40.
- Senator Sanders is right to continue his campaign to the convention, just as Clinton did in 2008. He started his run largely as a gesture, so far as I can tell, to raise important issues and push the party, and nation, in his direction. He is doing just that, to the good of the whole country. Getting his message out is expensive, however, and he has to keep running to raise money. His May 17 Statement on Nevada is consistent with that ambition.
- The media is trying to blow up the recent fracas in Nevada into a neo-1968 Chicago Democratic Convention confrontation in an effort to attract clicks. Here’s the Globe’s version. TV is even more extreme. Their coverage is over-hyped, and reminiscent of the Dean Scream absurdities. Journalists could better use their time by trying to live up to the lofty rhetoric they frequently invoke for their profession and challenging some of Trump’s fabrications rather than gleefully passing them along.
I’m glad Clinton is the presumptive nominee, since I think she will be a better president than Sanders. I applaud the passion of the Sanders supporters. Exactly as Sanders says, they shouldn’t engage in violence, and haven’t, except perhaps in Nevada, which sounds like it was poorly managed from top to bottom. I think contested primaries are good for the eventual nominee. I predict that Sanders will campaign hard for Clinton after she is nominated: on her worst day, as he has said, a President Clinton would be far better than a President Trump. If he really wanted to undercut her, he’d be discussing a third-party challenge, and there hasn’t been any substantive mention of that alternative by him.
What do you think?