Hillary Clinton scored a sweeping win in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, picking up all seven pledged delegates at stake as she inched tantalizingly close to the Democratic nomination.Like the South, these delegates don't really count because reasons; which include "rigged," "corrupt," "Establishment," and "Wall Street." On the plus side, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has started trolling Bernie Sanders:
She is now just 60 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to advance to the November general election.
The Virgin Islands is one of five U.S. territories that casts votes in primaries and caucuses to decide the nominee, even though those residents aren't eligible to vote in November. While its pool of delegates is small, the island chain took on more importance as Clinton gets closer to clinching the nomination.
“I’m a superdelegate and I don’t believe in superdelegates,” she told a Politico reporter Saturday at the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention in Lowell, Mass. "I don’t think superdelegates ought to sway the election.”
They shouldn't, in other words, do what Bernie wants them to do. And a million "Sanders/Warren" bumper stickers just went up in a puff of smoke. Obviously the corporatists of the Establishment got to her. But Bernie still believes in a contested convention:
Speaking to reporters three days before the California primary, Sanders showed few signs of surrender, vowing to take his bid to the Philadelphia convention in July. He urged news organizations not to anoint Clinton as the presumptive nominee through a combination of pledged delegates and superdelegates.Actually, Clinton now needs only 60 pledged delegates to win the nomination (some, if not all, of which she may pick up today). FiveThirtyEight.com says Clinton has a 92% chance of winning California. With 475 delegates to allocate, I'm guessing she'll win at least more than 60. And yes, you can take out the super delegates from the count if you want to, but it doesn't matter: they aren't going to shift to Sanders. They don't have any reason to. As Sen. Professor Warren said, they shouldn't sway the election. The people have spoken: and Bernie lost. Then again, maybe what Bernie means by "contested" is not what the rest of us mean:
"It is extremely unlikely that Secretary Clinton will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to claim victory on Tuesday night," Sanders said. "Now I have heard reports that Secretary Clinton has said it's all going to be over on Tuesday night. I have reports that the media, after the New Jersey results come in, are going to declare that it is all over. That simply is not accurate."
Said [Sanders campaign manager Jeff] Weaver: "Given what he has said, I suspect there will certainly be a roll call vote at the convention."
Oh, you mean a bog-standard convention!*
*And I gotta say, on another topic: is he serious?
"Sorry to disturb your brunch," Sanders said at Hamburger Mary's, taking the microphone during their "drag brunch" as disco lights swirled inside. "I just wanted to say that on Tuesday as you all know there is a very important Democratic primary here in California. And my hope is that everyone will stand up and make clear it is too late for establishment politics."
There's not much more "establishment" in American politics than the U.S. Senate or the Presidency, and neither office gives you unlimited power to challenge the "establishment" from the inside and foment "revolution." If it did, wouldn't Sanders have done that by now? What's next, a promise to stick it to the Man?