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February 11, 2016

The margin of victory for Hillary Clinton is currently measured by her delegate count. Many Hillary supporters from 2008 are very aware that the Democrats have hundreds of unpledged, or super delegates who are leaders in the party and can personally pick any candidate they want at the convention. In 2008, they switched announced support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama around this time of the year. That and some other tricks gave the nomination to Obama.

The super delegate system was created by the Democrats to ensure that a popular, but undesirable candidate could not win the nomination with a simple majority of delegates. Bernie Sanders supporters, who didn’t really understand this until New Hampshire, are livid. They have gone to social media to demand that super delegates give proportional support to the real winner of New Hampshire.

In 2008, Barack Obama did not want to wait his turn or be the first Black Vice President. His campaign went hard after a rope line comment from Bill Clinton about the “fantasy” of Obama winning the election. Instead of a rhetorical battle, Hillary chose to run a campaign about her superior qualifications. Or, she decided the DNC wasn’t going to support her and she chose to keep her powder dry.

2016 was supposed to be her time, again. Unfortunately, her opponent this year is a 73 year old Democratic Socialist who has no more time. He wants the Democratic Party to be more like him and he doesn’t care if his campaign rhetoric loses the general election to the Republicans. Sanders speaks in absolutes. If something is expensive, the government should provide it. If someone has a billion dollars, the government should have $750 million of it. Not only did you not build that, you owe the USA rent for using that. His base is made up of kids with no other obligations and poorly defined morals. Since no one has heard of him, Sanders has less media baggage than Clinton as well.

Bernie Sanders came along in a year where people found the choice of an anointed candidate was not a real choice. He also managed to blow through the early electorate and catch fire when no other viable opponent chose to run. The Democrats have nothing but their flawed system to blame.


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