After the AP called the Democratic nomination for Clinton, the Sanders campaign released a statement:
It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.
Now, I happen to agree with Sanders on this one, but it still strikes me as hypocritical of his campaign to invoke the DNC, after all the times that Sanders (and his supporters and campaign) have accused the DNC (and especially its chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz) of rigging the election for Clinton.
In addition, Sanders has now said he will win by talking Democratic superdelegates into changing sides, in many cases defying the will of the voters in their home states. His campaign has declared that its “job from now until the convention is to convince superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”
What happened to the “Democratic” in “Democratic Socialist”?
Yes, I know that Sanders’ statements are likely political posturing, but it still strikes me as strongly contrary to Bernie’s principles and values, which was his whole appeal. And that’s sad.
It is also pointless. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, there actually “isn’t much sign of forward momentum for Sanders”. He had a “strong run of states in late March and early April, but over the past seven weeks, from the New York primary on April 19 through Puerto Rico on Sunday, Clinton has won 505 pledged delegates compared with 428 for Sanders. Her current lead in our national polling average, 14.4 percentage points, is the widest it has been since mid-February.”
And Clinton is gaining superdelegates, not losing them. How can Bernie talk superdelegates into switching, after he has spent months attacking them?
Finally, by continuing to attack Clinton, Sanders is hurting his chances of influencing the Democratic Party platform. And that’s sad too.
UPDATE: Politico has an inside look at Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and how Sanders himself is making all the big decisions, including the ones that have hurt his campaign and incited anger among his supporters. It is fascinating, and answers some of the questions asked in this post.