Rachel Maddow Blows Bernie Sanders' Contested Convention Logic To Smithereens
- Author: Todd Kelly May 12, 2016,
May 12, 2016, 4:36
Sanders then delivered his most direct call yet for superdelegates in states where he defeated Clinton to consider switching allegiances and throwing their support behind him.
"When you divide people against one another, you don't know what is going to happen", Clinton said of Trump. "But I don't think it is enough to diagnose the problem".
The word "entitled" is what complicates Sanders' case. The logic is that the party has a right and an interest in nudging nominating contests in favor of the candidate they think will serve the party best.
He said the money is already being used to staff operations in battleground states Ohio, Florida, Virginia and beyond, including registering voters, recruiting volunteers and boosting get-out-the-vote efforts.
According to Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver, "Hillary Clinton says that campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues facing our country but her campaign's use of the Victory Fund to essentially launder money proves otherwise".
"I would hope very much that the superdelegates from those states where we have won with big margins respect the wishes of the people of those states", he stressed.
The Hillary Victory Fund cooperative fundraising agreement between the DNC and 32 state-level Democratic Parties has been exposed in recent FEC reports to be a complex money-laundering scheme evading campaign finance regulations. Superdelegates - the party insiders overwhelmingly backing Hillary Clinton - should take a look at polls and defeat his way. It could also well be that the vast majority of superdelegates will stand by Clinton at a contested convention in late July even if it isn't clear that she will beat Trump in the Electoral College. "The ideas that we are fighting for are the ideas of the future of America", Sanders declared this week. According to the leading Democratic presidential candidate, this is how "we all rise".
So the Clinton team has been careful not to say Sanders should drop out. It is not a fair thing. We were taking on the entire political establishment.
Clinton is no longer "bothering" with the primaries, Maddow noted, and her campaign is demonstrating that by not having the candidate be present in states that are holding primaries, such as in today.
She was on the receiving end of a number of surprisingly barbed jokes from Obama at Saturday's dinner and some supporters may be dismayed to see that Sanders is not ready to rally around her yet either.
In terms of pledged delegates, the race is not as muddled.
The Bloomberg Politics delegate tracker shows Clinton with 2,156 delegates, including 520 superdelegates, while Sanders has 1,357 delegates, 39 of whom are superdelegates.
Sanders conceded his campaign has "a tough road to climb" to win the majority of pledged delegates, noting he needs at least 65 percent of votes in the remaining primary contests to defeat Clinton.
This is not the first time the Sanders campaign has accused the Clinton camp of fundraising shenanigans. He would have to rely on superdelegates. It would not likely be the worst decision ever made at a contested Democratic convention.
The bottom line is that if superdelegates thought the nomination race was razor-close, and that Sanders was gaining strength and might be a superior nominee, many would switch.