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If the Republican race is Calvinball, with everyone making up the rules as they go along, the Democratic race is more like — zzzzzzz — golf.
Nate Silver[1]

With Barack Obama ineligible to run for a third term, Hillary Clinton is giving it a second shot. Political independent Bernie Sanders and a few Democrats also thought their time has come, but all were defeated by Clinton, who was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States before losing to Donald Trump.

Confirmed running[edit]

Dropped out[edit]

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Lincoln ChafeeWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 64
Former Rhode Island Governor and Senator

Dropped out 23 October 2015

Advantages: The most triumphant example of a RINO that has ever lived. He voted against the Bush tax cuts[2] and the Iraq War resolution, [3] the latter of which is his favorite line of attack against Hillary (whom he thinks should be disqualified from the race as a result).

A unicorn social liberal who supported stem cell research, supported higher taxes on the wealthy, and voted against the death penalty,[4] torture, and and arctic drilling.[5] He also advocates for total Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories as a condition for peace.[6] Mind you, this all happened when he was a Republican.

Disadvantages: Toed the party line on free trade, the Patriot Act, and supported partial privatization of Social Security. His environmental record as Governor was a mixed bag, with many saying he could've gone much further on climate change. He's fairly unpopular in his home state, having lost his seat to Sheldon Whitehouse (With a name like that why didn't HE run?) and only winning governor in a 3 way election. He also lacks the monetary apparatus of Hillary Clinton.

Chafee seemed as dense as a rock at times. (He actually called himself a "block of granite" on the issues in contrast to Hillary.) His debate answers gave you zero sense of what Chaffee actually stood for. Is anyone here a "metric system" one-issue voter?

Watching him obliterate his own future was pretty glorious, in an awful kind of way. ("Secretary Clinton, would you like to respond?" "No.")

He now works out of a small office in a strip mall, trying to recoup his campaign debt. The guy should have just retired comfortably and privately.[7]

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Lawrence LessigWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 56
Academic and political activist

Dropped out 2 November 2015[8]

Advantages: Campaigning on taking big money out of politics, which red and blue states can get behind. He later decided to run for a full term for the Presidency, with an actual platform to boot: These ideas include humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees, the ending of the War on Drugs, detente with Russia, support for the Cuban Thaw and Iran Deal, a public option for healthcare, and downsizing the military industrial complex.

He would steal 18 votes from Bernie Sanders. Golf clap.

Disadvantages: Jumping into the campaign relatively late wasn't gonna help him. Saying he'd resign immediately after enacting his reforms was a head-scratcher. Later clarified to Bill Maher that he would not resign, which makes his candidacy even stranger.
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Martin O'MalleyWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 54
Former Maryland Governor

Dropped out 1 February 2016

Advantages: The 'Young Gun' of the DMC. Said to be Obama's pick for successor, though this is unlikely, since Obama has not given any statements supporting O'Malley over Clinton. Recognizes climate change and advocates for renewable energy over fossil fuels. Prefers a "cooperative" foreign policy, as opposed to unilateralism or humanitarian intervention. Wants Glass-Steagall reinstated.

Possibly the most effective administrator in this race.[9]

The only person in the race who has been a Democrat throughout his life, as opposed to running for office as an independent (Bernie), or joining a Republican youth group (Hillary).

Disadvantages: His policies as Mayor of Baltimore would ultimately lead to the police murder of Freddie Gray. As anyone who's watched The Wire would understand, O'Malley implemented ridiculously tough anti-crime initiatives, empowered the police in their general thuggery, and cooked the books on gun crimes to make crimes in Baltimore 'disappear', thereby juking the stats on crime. [10]

WSJ had a picture of Clinton, Sanders, and O'Malley with a caption reading, "Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and an unidentified man..." Really summed up all of O'Malley's problems this year. Any hopes he had of waging a successful insurgency on Capitol Hill were snuffed out by Sanders.

Has the all-important endorsement of...Lyndon LaRouche.[11]

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Bernie Sanders
Age: 75
Vermont Senator
Advantages: Attracts young voters in a manner similar to you-know-who.[12]. Considerable crossover appeal with the Paulbots and even some Trumpets.[13] Supports universal health care, universal voter registration, New Deal-style reform, justice reform, free (or highly subsidized) tertiary education, environmental protection, renewable energy development, and modernization of infrastructure.[14][15][16]

Sanders out-fundraising Hillary is like watching Seabiscuit beat War Admiral. Doesn't accept money (or, rather, doesn't accept much money[17]) from PACs—and thus gets to hammer Clinton with it in every speech and debate. He can play the Washington outsider card pretty well for a senator: While he hasn't passed much legislation, he passed more amendments than almost anyone else, earning the nickname of "amendment king".[18]Sanders earned a reputation of a bipartisan deal maker as Veterans Affairs Committe Chairman.[19]

Also, he's a Jewish socialist and former carpenter!

Disadvantages: Hired Tad Devine as his strategist. Let's have a look at his electoral victories. Well, that was a short list.[note 1] Hold my beer while I fly to Rome days before the single most important primary to crash the Pope's breakfast.[20]

While Sanders is certainly popular on the Internet, this may not reflect reality.[21][22] City slickers will be slow to forgive him for opposing the Brady Bill. He seems to split the Latino vote, but gets beaten with African Americans by Hillary.

Honeymooned (literally) in the USSR.[23] though that wasn't the point of the trip. (Speaking of which, Gallup polls indicate that people would more rather elect an LGBT person, a Muslim, or an Atheist for president over a self-described Socialist.[24]) As laudable as his economic plan is, even liberals are skeptical over its feasibility.[25] Worse yet, there's not enough party dissatisfaction to vote for a protest candidate.[26]

If it isn't Bernie's idea, it isn't good enough.[27]

Also, he's over 2000 years old.[note 2]

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Jim Webb
Age: 71
Former Senator from Virginia

Dropped out 20 October 2015 and will maybe run as an Independent[28]

Advantages: Has fought for reform on drug sentencing, doesn't like Wall Street, prefers a non-interventionist foreign policy, and actually left the Republicans due to the Iraq War. He has already formed an exploratory committee (early bird gets the worm or something?)
Disadvantages: Besides trying to bring a loaded gun into the U.S. Senate? Stating that his career highlight was killing a guy in Vietnam? (Webb: I NEED MORE TIME. Moderator: Very well, Mr. Webb, what would you like to say? Webb: I KILLED A MAN.) Keeping the Confederate battle flag flying on State House grounds?[29]

He has conservative opinions on gun control, affirmative action, immigration, and environmental issues, none of which are likely to garner admirers in a Democratic primary.

Looked like they were going to run, but declined[edit]

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Joe Biden
Age: 74
Current Vice President, former Senator

Dropped out on October 21st[30]

Advantages: A street fighter, he's entertaining, if gaffe prone. A wealth of domestic and foreign policy experience alternating as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees over many decades. Kept Robert Bork off the high bench. Engineered the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings. Authored the Violence Against Women Act. His credentials as a confirmed feminist are equal to or rival Hillary Clinton. Awesome in debate, e.g. the 2012 VP debate. Hello, 911? There's an old man here beating the crap out of a kid.
Disadvantages: 72 and not getting any younger. He's kinda insane (on a personal level, not on a policy level) and has a case of "foot-in-mouth" syndrome.[note 3]

Biden is a statesman's statesman but even he brings 40+ years of baggage (plagiarism, etc.), which is why Obama went with Hillary over him. Maybe he picked the wrong successor.[31]

Joe's further to the right on criminal justice than Hillary, which would have given Bernie more to attack on.[32] Biden was also the senator from Delaware, the state where all US shell companies are incorporated. He's defended this.[33]

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Andrew CuomoWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 59
Governor of New York
Advantages: Banned fracking in New York, but only to score political points.
Disadvantages: His penchant for corruption is unbelievably transparent. He set up an anti-corruption committee that would investigate and report all forms of conflicts of interest, like an actual anti-corruption committee… but when they started investigating his actions, he promptly disbanded the committee.

Perennial candidates[edit]

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Jeff BossWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 54
Perennial candidate and crank
Advantages: President Boss. Otherwise, beats me, unless crank magnetism can also attract votes.[34]
Disadvantages: President Boss lacks the ring of President Supreme, and even Wikipedia calls him a conspiracy theorist (he's a truther)...
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Vermin SupremeWikipedia's W.svg
Age: ???
Performance artist and perennial candidate
Advantages: Another perennial candidate. Would create the interesting situation of having a "President Supreme", which does sound rather cool. Has glitter bombedWikipedia's W.svg Randall Terry. If he gets elected he has promised free ponies for all Americans.[35]
Disadvantages: Another perennial candidate, but wearing a rubber boot on his head. Basically a sort of U.S. parallel to these British guys.[36]
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Robby WellsWikipedia's W.svg
Age: 49
Former college football coach
Advantages: Presumably knows something about American football, I guess.
Disadvantages: Robby who? Also, switching from trying to run as an independent to taking a shot at the Democratic nomination might not be the ideal start on ingratiating yourself to the party faithful. Not to mention his history of "party shopping" in 2012 where he bounced around from initially wanting to run as an independent, then shacking up with the Reform Party, before jumping ship and trying for the Constitution Party nomination (which he lost to some other guy you've probably never heard of eitherWikipedia's W.svg). If you're bereft of some interesting reading you can always look at his Eaglenomics "plan".[37]

Democratic primary polls[edit]

Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your Bernie Bros out there on the internet are walking into a trap, as is your Millennial fleet. It was I who allowed Sanders to tie me in Iowa. My campaign is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best troops awaits them on Super Tuesday. Oh, I'm afraid my Firewall will be quite operational when your friends arrive.
—Clinton

Clinton v. Sanders is not comparable at all to the narrow, bitter fight of 2008. The extent of the attacks was probably the gun control issue. Bernie came up short by 20 points and basically just outperformed in caucus states for his wins, which is why the black caucus and Hispanic caucus are now actively opposing him.[38][39] Many of his supporters are new primary voters likely would not have voted if he had not entered the race. Many probably considered Johnson or Stein as alternatives[40] and a small number would vote Trump himself.[41]

  • Senior citizens prefer to use the early voting process. They were confirmed to be Hillary's secret weapon the moment she stepped into this race. (It's just a matter of Clinton's voters being older and harder to motivate to go spend hours standing around at a caucus.) That gave Bern an advantage in the caucus format, since the lack of the youth vote in 2010 has been cited as a major reason Dems lost the house.[42] But equally, his base is far more impacted by flaws in voter registration.
  • Hillary has never done particularly well in the West: she was shut out of Bernie's home state and spent literally $0.00 in Utah and Idaho. Whistle-stops only. She's conserving resources for the GE. Meanwhile, Sanders, who already had a "home court advantage" of sorts, spent plenty of time and money in the area.
  • As Hawaii goes, so goes...uh, we dunno. Hawaii has high populations of Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans, two demographics that haven't voted in large numbers yet. That's why the results of Hawaii were kind of unpredictable.[note 4]

Have you ever heard of the tragedy of McGovern the Wise?[edit]

But why should Bernie Sanders drop out? There could be a scandal with Hillary Clinton.
Darth Nader[43]

Nevada was a garbage fire.[44] The state cut funding for elections, which caused huge lines due to inadequate polling stations. Those glitches hurt Hillary and Bernie both, but since a majority of Clinton supporters chose to vote early, she still won by a large margin; this didn't sit right with Bernie's supporters.[45] Voters in Arizona have a legitimate claim, and lawsuits have been filed to address this concern.[46] That said, most of the other claims are just people trying to rationalize why they lost.[47][48]

Everything seemed to fall apart in New York. Looking back, Bernie's design flaw was his misunderstanding of the media; each time he had a chance to strike gold, he missed and went for copper.[note 5]

  • Sanders waited days to respond after Nevada, even running away from reporters (!) while campaigning in Puerto Rico, before releasing his statement: In it, he concentrated on self-congratulatory stump speeches, and again reiterated allegations of voter fraud. (Not suppression, straight-up fraud.)[49]
  • When given a softball question which fits perfectly with his campaign (he was asked to name a specific instance where Hillary changed her vote based on campaign contributions), Bernie whiffed.[50]
  • After coming off his winning steak into the must-win state of NY, his pope "visit" was overshadowed both by his NYPD interview[51] and "Clinton is unqualified" comment, which was a response to what Clinton said on a similar question; he walked back from it, but he fell into that media trap easily.
  • In the weeks leading up to California, Hillary's emails should have been at the forefront, but instead Bernie tried to get Trump to debate him. Just fascinating.
  • The hiring of Comic Book Guy was especially obnoxious, as his attack dog persona and Bernie's "fun grandpa" schtick were oddly mismatched.[52][53]

Most of Sanders' staff were let go after his New York loss; they basically had a skeleton crew in California only.[54][55] You know how they say Hurricane Sandy killed off all the weak rats and left only super rats? That's what's happened here. It's lose-lose for Clinton to try and appeal to that type of Sanders supporter.[56][57] She's either not going far enough or pandering to them, both of which they condemn.

All this combative talk implied that Sanders would to do what he promised: have a contested convention in Philadelphia.[58][59][60] For awhile the candidates were caught in this awkward dance where they couldn't not show solidarity while simultaneously withholding any official endorsement.[61][62] Sanders wanted to cash in his leverage for some party reforms, but that market had already crashed. Nevertheless, the Clinton campaign has granted Sanders some influence over the party: Instead of the DNC Chair (Wasserman-Schultz) appointing all 15 members of the platform committee, she will instead pick four, while Bernie will pick five (including Obama-critic Cornel West of all people[63])

Trump wanted the primary to go on as long as possible. (It's free Hillary attack ads.) That's why he praised Bernie publicly and wanted him to stick it out to the end.[64]

As of May, there weren't enough delegates left for Sanders to reach the magic number 2383, the minimum required to win the nomination. He would have had to win the support of superdelegates, which was going to be difficult, as he called them undemocratic for supporting Clinton "against the will of the people".[65] He waited so long to concede[66][67] that the DNC was plagued by protests and booing from the Bernie delegation for 4 nights straight.

Delegates won thus far[edit]

As of May, there simply were not enough delegates left for Sanders to reach the magic number 2383, the minimum required in order for a candidate to earn the Democratic Party's nomination. He would have to gain the support of superdelegates, which was going to be difficult, as he had called them undemocratic for supporting Clinton "against the will of the people".[68] For quite some time, despite mounting pressure for him to drop out, Sanders refused to concede and is using whatever leverage he has to influence the Democratic Party on legislative agenda, arguing that defeating Trump should not be their only goal at this point.[69][70]

At last count, Hillary Clinton has 2220 pledged delegates while Bernie Sanders has 1831.[71]. (These numbers do not count superdelegates as they will not vote until the convention in July, though neither do the pledged delegates.) Note that neither candidate can officially declare the defeat of the other without help from superdelegates. However, on June 12, Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.[72]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Michael Dukakis campaign - Won the primary, lost the general. Al Gore's campaign - Won the primary, lost the general. John Kerry's campaign - Won the primary, lost the general.
  2. He is older than John McCain was in 2008. If elected, at 75 (on September 8, 2016) he would pass Germany's Konrad Adenauer as the oldest-ever democratically elected world leader. The stress associated with being President means that there is a real chance he could die while in office. Concerns could be alleviated with a strong VP pick if he gets the nomination.
  3. In Axelrod's (or Plouffe's) book there's an episode where they go looking for VP in 2008. Biden is quoted saying, even after he agreed to be a VP: "I think I'll be the best president, and I still think so. But only around 1000 people agree with me!" Apparently he stills thinks so.
  4. He also had a more targeted policy game. Two weeks before the primary, he added a policy page for native Hawaiians. Tulsi Gabbard, who is very popular in Hawaii, endorsed and appeared in ads for Sanders. That at least contributed to his success there.
  5. "Don’t Say I Walked Away!" Bernie yells after walking out of four (1 2 3 4) straight interviews. In #4, Sanders flipped out and accused the guy, literally, of being "Wall Street." No joke.

References[edit]

  1. Silver, "Clinton Is Following Obama’s Path To The Nomination", 538 (3/16/16 7:32 AM).
  2. "Sen. Lincoln Chafee on the Bush tax cuts proposal", CNN (4/24/03 at 5:09 PM EDT).
  3. Levitz, Jennifer, "The Price of Independence", WSJ 12.23.11.
  4. Chafee, "My Pleau stand affirms core R.I. values", Providence Journal 8/24/11. Courtesy of the Death Penalty Information Center.
  5. http://www.ontheissues.org/Lincoln_Chafee.htm
  6. Mulligan, John E., "Chafee, Laffey differ on Mideast", Providence Journal 4/16/06. Archived by Free Republic.
  7. DeCosta-Klipa, Nik, "Lincoln Chafee has no regrets", Boston.com 4.12.16. Fives of minutes. Tens of tens of minutes. Fives and tens of minutes. Different groupings of different increments of time. Time. Sure wish I could turn it back. Not just by a few minutes. Not even tens of them.
  8. Gorman, Michele, "Larry Lessig Ends Democratic Presidential Campaign", Newsweek (11/2/15 at 1:32 PM).
  9. Sweetland Edwards, Haley, " Should Martin O’Malley Be President?", Washington Monthly May/une 2013.
  10. David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish, The Marshall Project, April 29th, 2015
  11. Nuzzi, Olivia, "Gee, Thanks: Cult Leader Lyndon LaRouche Hearts Hillary's Hottest Foe", Daily Beast (11.12.15 at 2:10 AM ET).
  12. Smith, Allan, "BERNIE SANDERS: Almost 7,000 of my supporters just signed up to run for office", Business Insider (6/17/16 at 6:13 PM).
  13. "Ron Paul Says Bernie Sold Out Fed Amendment", The Hill. Bernie teamed up with Ron Paul to audit the Fed, confirming what everyone already knew, though he stopped short of trying to abolish it, sending Paul into a hissy fit (Bernie "sold out", blah blah)
  14. Landers, Elizabeth, "Offering alternatives to Clinton, '16 Dem hopefuls converge on South Carolina", CNN (Updated 4/25/15 at 7:08 PM ET).
  15. Katz, Eric, "What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Mean for the Federal Workforce", GoveExec 5.1.15.
  16. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/23/bernie-sanders-heres-what-we-want/
  17. Bernie Sanders Top Contributors, Open Secrets Center for Responsive Politics
  18. http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-gets-it-done-sanders-record-pushing-through-major-reforms-will-surprise-you
  19. Suzy Khimm, "Congress’s only socialist becomes a bipartisan dealmaker," MSNBC.
  20. Thomas, Ken, "Pope: Sanders encounter sign of good manners, ‘nothing more’", Seattle Times via Associated Press (4/16/16 at 12:48, updated 4/20/16 at 7:02 am). There were no photos or videos of this interaction that could be shown on American TV. And they scheduled the trip before anybody realized it was just a 10-minute speech at an academic conference the pope wasn't even attending ('Pope: ...Who the fuck are you?)
  21. Greenwald, Glenn, "The “Bernie Bros” Narrative", The Intercept (1/31/16, 5:42 a.m.).
  22. Steven Pearlstein, "What Bernie Sanders would do to America," The Washington Post.
  23. Cabaniss, Will, "George Will describes Bernie Sanders' Soviet Union honeymoon", Politfact (8/12/15 at 10:56 a.m.) Will: ZOMG SLEEPER CELL! Bernie: Well, Cuba was closed back then!
  24. Justin McCarthy (lol), "In U.S., Socialist Presidential Candidates Least Appealing," Gallup. Many voters have no idea what democratic socialism means. The majority of the country sees Obama as a tad too liberal and this is a man who complains that Obama isn't liberal enough. Not in touch with America.
  25. Dave Johnson, "The Sanders Economic Plan Controversy," Moyers & Company
  26. Dana Milbank, "Democrats are too satisfied to feel the Bern," Chicago Tribune.
  27. Nader, "Bernie, we thought we knew ye!", 3.6.14. In 2014 Nader wrote him a letter saying he was upset that he didn't stand with other progressives on raising the MW to 10.80 and pegging it to inflation. He'd much rather just give a speech about how 'things should be'. (When Ralph Nader is accusing you of not being pragmatic enough...)
  28. Nick Gass and Daniel Strauss, "Jim Webb drops out of Democratic race", Politico (10/20/15 09:57 AM EDT, Updated 10/20/15 01:52 PM EDT).
  29. Jim Webb stands alone on the Confederate flag
  30. Citing "not enough time to run a campaign"
  31. Hensch, Mark, "Poll finds Biden beating Trump", The Hill (8/27/15 at 08:45 am).
  32. Joe Biden's Role in '90s Crime Law Could Haunt Any Presidential Bid, The New York Times, 21 August 2015 He played an influential role in shaping the crime bills of the '90s which helped fuel mass incarceration.
  33. Wayne, Leslie, "How Delaware Thrives as a Corporate Tax Haven", NYT 6.20.12. Wayne: "...Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., increasingly resembles a freewheeling offshore haven, right on America’s shores. Officials in other states complain that Delaware’s cozy corporate setup robs their states of billions of tax dollars."
  34. If you can be bothered, you could check out his platform, a rather, shall we say "mixed bag"...
  35. Granted, that was one of four planks in his 2012 platform, but we assume the offer still stands. The three other planks were zombie preparedness, funding for time travel research, and mandatory and strictly enforced tooth brushing laws.
  36. You could check out his political courage test from 2012 on Project Vote Smart. Not that you'd be much the wiser.
  37. Eaglenomics is Wells' term for his rather eclectic (to say the least) plan for a U.S. economic miracle — pretty short on detail (and coherence), though.
  38. Strauss, Daniel, "Sanders collides with black lawmakers", Politico (06/19/16 04:17 PM EDT).
  39. Tysver, Robynn, "Chairman resigns, many Bernie Sanders supporters apologize for 'disrespectful' role in Latino caucus election", Omaha World-Herald (6/23/16 at 12:00 am, updated 1/23/16 at 1:23 pm.) A bunch of white Sanders supporters invited themselves to a Latino caucus and voted out the chairperson to install a Sandernista. Later, they realized how stupid they looked and their candidate resigned, but it was embarrassing. And now Sanders is signaling it's time to back off and not try to take over the Democratic party.
  40. Joshua Green and Sahil Kapur, "Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won't Support Clinton", Bloomberg (7/22/16 at 2:00 AM PDT).
  41. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/10/sanders-supporters-prefer-clinton-to-trump-exclusive-poll.
  42. ABC/Washington Post News Poll: "A Post- Primary Rally Boosts Trump, Albeit with Challenges Aplenty (5/22/16 at 12:01am.
  43. Hellman, Jessie, "Ralph Nader: 'Why should Bernie Sanders drop out?'", The Hill (4/28/16, 02:46 pm). Did the Democratic Party run over his dog or something? (Nancy Pelosi: Unsafe at any speed, bitch! *drives off*)
  44. Bolton, Alexander, "Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz", The Hill (05/24/16 08:30 PM EDT) Clinton loyalist: "“There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on.”
  45. Garofalo, Pat, "Caucus Madness", USNews (5/18/16, at 2:15 p.m.). That's politics: if you're in a position of power and make it look like you might have your thumb on the scale, even if it only looks like you're up to something shady, you can expect to have some chairs thrown at you. You have to figure about 20% of Americans of all stripes are crazy, so some of them will be pretty hot under the collar to begin with.
  46. Horwitz, Sari, "Democratic Party, Clinton and Sanders campaigns to sue Arizona over voting rights", WaPo 4.14.16.
  47. Hensch, Mark, "Sanders's Nevada director floated two-sided coins for tiebreaks: report", The Hill (6/27/16 at 9:14 pm). So they conspired to rig a coin toss but didn't realize it was a card cut. This campaign in a nutshell.
  48. Jacobsen, Louis, "Sanders largely off-base in saying he wins when voter turnout is high and loses when it's low", Politifact (4/19/16 at 10:10am). 120,000 people in Brooklyn? Must all be Sanders supporters!
  49. Cillizza, Chris, "This Bernie Sanders statement on the Nevada convention reads like an open threat to the Democratic establishment", WaPo 5.17.16. Go ahead and do this stuff. It's not my fault if you do. <Wink>
  50. Schlesinger, Robert, "One Disarming Question", US News (4/14/16 at 11:35 p.m.).
  51. Cillizza, Chris, "This New York Daily News interview was pretty close to a disaster for Bernie Sanders", WaPo 4.5.16.
  52. Haberman, Maggie, "Top Bernie Sanders Aide Rankles Those In and Out of Campaign", NYT (12/29/16 at 12:07 pm ET).
  53. Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti, "Inside the bitter last days of Bernie's revolution", Politico (06/07/16 11:26 PM EDT, updated 06/08/16 01:33 AM EDT). Had Sanders taken the deal Reid offered him, he would've been the most powerful man in the Senate. He would've been able to block any Hillary legislation he didn't like. But Jeff Weaver was feeling spiteful, so they flushed that idea, and now...what's left? Answer: A quixotic quest to be mildly annoying to Democrats for a month.
  54. Debenedetti, Gabriel, "Sanders' California director leaves campaign", Politico (05/11/16 02:28 PM EDT). The more reasonable voices have quit or given up, and are resigned to just let Sanders do his own thing.
  55. Marshall, Josh, "It Comes From the Very Top", TPM (5/18/16, 12:10 AM EDT). He's shown over and over again that he thinks righteousness of cause is enough to make up for vapidness of thought, which is how we get Venezuela.
  56. Weigel, David, "‘Still Sanders’ activists cling to hope of ‘flipping’ California", WaPo (6/27/16 at 11:53 pm).
  57. Vakin, Jonathan, "Bernie Sanders Fart-In: Supporters Promise Flatulent Protest Of Hillary Clinton Convention Speech", Inqusitur 6.9.16.
  58. Hensch, Mark, "Dem senator warns Sanders not to recreate 1968 chaos at convention", The Hill (5/18/16, 03:27 pm)
  59. Neidig, Heidi, "Sanders: There will be a contested convention", The Hill (6/4/16 at 04:22 pm).
  60. Smith, Allan, "Watch Bernie Sanders' painfully awkward reaction when asked about Obama endorsing Hillary Clinton", Business Insider (6/9/16 at 2:36 PM).
  61. Shabad, Rebecca, "Bernie Sanders: It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee'", CBS (6/22/16 at 3:03 PM). Didn't you see him wink? Indictment coming! That's the Berniebrat version at least.
  62. Flores, Reena, "Bernie Sanders explains why he's still not endorsing Hillary Clinton", CBS (6/24/16 and 9:10 AM). Did anyone else note the irony in how Sanders is being, ahem...Clintonesque with his definition of endorsement? (He is a Democratic Superdelegate, which means it's his job to vote for the nominee whether he likes it or not.)
  63. Chait, Jonathan, "Why Did Bernie Sanders Put an Obama-Hater on the Democratic Platform Committee?", New York Magazine (5/24/16 4:35 p.m.).
  64. Hensch, Mark, "Trump mistakes Sanders’s campaign for his own", The Hill (2/17/16, 09:16 pm).
  65. "Bernie is for superdelegates, after he was against them", Daily Kos (5/20/16, 9:21 AM PDT).
  66. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/bernie-sanders-speech-fight-convention-hillary-clinton
  67. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-offers-a-concession-style-speech--without-a-concession/2016/06/16/98b68da4-3417-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html
  68. "Bernie is for superdelegates, after he was against them", Daily Kos (5/20/16, 9:21 AM PDT) and is behind in the pledged delegate count.
  69. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/bernie-sanders-speech-fight-convention-hillary-clinton
  70. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-offers-a-concession-style-speech--without-a-concession/2016/06/16/98b68da4-3417-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html
  71. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/elections/primary-calendar-and-results.html
  72. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-endorses-hillary-clinton_us_56e98f60e4b0b25c91841bdd
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Topics: Affordable Care Act - Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - DAESH - Gun control - Illegal immigration - Koch Industries - United States Electoral College - Trump's Wall
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries Convention Tea Party)
Candidates: Bush (R) - Carson (R) - Christie (R) - Clinton (D) - Cruz (R) - Huckabee (R) - Jindal (R) - Johnson (Lib) - Kasich (R) - Paul (R) - Perry (R) - Sanders (D) - Stein (Green) - Trump (R) - Walker (R) - Webb (D) Running mates: Kaine (D) - Pence (R)
Winner: Donald Trump