Why doesn't the media ever ask Hillary Clinton: "If Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, will you and your supporters endorse and support Bernie Sanders?"
In 2008 Obama didn't have enough delegates until the last vote. Hillary won the popular vote but not enough delegates. After the last vote was counted, she didn't concede until two days later. Let the last vote be counted in 2016 before anyone starts talking about a contested convention or dropping out of the race and endorsing their opponent — or we can talk more about an Independent run.
And then Clinton can launch a two-pronged assault and pivot to Trump and Sanders at the same time. At least that would be a lot more interesting.
The very same Democratic Party and corporate media that squeaked the relatively unknown Senator Barack Obama to an eventual victory over the world renowned Hillary Clinton in 2008, is the same Democratic Party and corporate media that is backing Hillary Clinton in 2016 and working overtime to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders. The fact that Sanders is doing as well as he is (and without the superPACs that both Obama and Clinton had enjoyed in 2008, or the support of the mainstream media) tells us two things:
- Hillary Clinton is a piss-poor candidate to run against the GOP.
- Bernie Sanders is, by far, the best candidate to run against the GOP.
If Bernie Sanders ran against Trump or Cruz in November, and if he had the same support from the Democratic Party and corporate media that Clinton is now getting — and with his current supporters — Sanders would most likely beat any GOP candidate by a landslide this November.
Otherwise, without Sanders supporters, and because Clinton doesn't poll as well as Sanders against GOP candidates, running Clinton as the Democratic nominee is taking a huge and unnecessary gamble of losing the White House to a Republican. Not only that but, the Democrats also risk not taking back the House or Senate either, because voter turnout would be lower in November.
But the well-established political insiders within the Democratic party may be so stubborn that, if they lose White House, they will probably blame Senator Bernie Sanders for dividing their party, even though millions of his supporters aren't even Democrats.
As it is now, neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton will most likely have enough pledged delegates to officially qualify for the Democratic nomination after the last vote has been cast in Washington D.C. on June 14th. Which means, it will be a contested convention, because Bernie Sanders has given no indication that he will drop out — but the media and Clinton's supporters insist on having this conversation now.
When recently appearing on CNN, a Sanders supporter and political analyst Nomiki Konst debunked the ridiculous myth of Hillary Clinton's eventual inevitability — and an early end of Democratic primary race. (She explains in video below.)
All along, the Democratic party and the DNC and the media has been trying to rig the primary against Sanders — and in the event that it might have ever gone to the convention, they've also been busy rigging that against Sanders as well. From the New York Times:
The institutional bulwarks against Mr. Sanders are significant: Hundreds of the party’s “superdelegates” have endorsed Mrs. Clinton, a signal of her broad support among the party’s power brokers. The Democratic National Committee now relies on Mrs. Clinton’s fund-raising to provide a fifth of its monthly income, an arrangement the Sanders campaign has criticized.
And Mrs. Clinton is well positioned to block any proposals she would not want to defend in a general election. In January, the party chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, appointed dozens of Clinton supporters and advisers to the three standing committees of the Democratic Party convention. Of 45 potential members submitted by Mr. Sanders, she appointed just three, according to Mr. Sanders’s campaign.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, a top Clinton surrogate, will be co-chairman of the platform committee. Barney Frank, a former Massachusetts congressman and fierce critic of Mr. Sanders and his Wall Street proposals, will be a co-chairman of the rules committee, which governs procedure on the convention floor.
Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Mr. Sanders, questioned how Ms. Wasserman Schultz had chosen her discretionary appointments. “Not only are they supporting Clinton, but they have been extremely critical of Bernie Sanders,” Mr. Longabaugh said. “That doesn’t seem like the right way to go if we want to have a convention that is evenhanded.”
In the event that Bernie does not win the Democratic nomination in July (especially if he can't get superdelegates like Howard Dean, Bill Clinton and Obama to vote with the people), then there is a big push to have him run as an Independent — because at no other time in U.S. political history has there ever been a time been more ripe than now for a Third party candidate.
Meanwhile, the media has been continuing their campaign against Bernie Sanders. The Yahoo headline reads: "Bernie Sanders: ‘We intend to take the fight all the way to California’ — but not necessarily the convention" — but Bernie Sanders NEVER SAID "but not necessarily the convention" — and why Yahoo left that part out of quotation.
The Wall Street Journal reported: "Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday adopted a more conciliatory tone toward Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, pledging to do whatever it takes to stop Republicans from winning the White House. ... The change in tone also comes as Mr. Sanders — who has sought to paint Mrs. Clinton as a stooge for Wall Street and special interests — faces increasing calls to drop out of the race at the risk of damaging the party’s best chance to win the White House."
First of all, Bernie hasn't changed his "tone" — and Clinton IS a stooge for Wall Street and special interests.
Secondly, only establishment Democrats, Clinton supporters, and Clinton's media stooges have been asking Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race early, especially as his popularity climbs and before the biggest State of California even votes. Bernie's supporters (the only ones that really matter) don't want him to stop until he's in the White House.
Lastly, when Bernie says "I will do is do everything that I can to make sure that somebody like a Donald Trump, or some other right-wing Republican, does not become president of the United States" — it doesn't mean he'll drop out and support Hillary. It means, because he has a better chance than Clinton of beating any GOP candidate, he'll do everything he can as a presidential candidate to beat any GOP candidate.
On NBC's Meet the Press (video below) Bernie Sanders said: “There’s not a question whether if we are going to continue, we are going to continue. We’re going to fight this out until the last vote is cast. That’s what democracy’s about." NOTE: Bernie Sanders never indicated that he would surrender all his votes to Clinton, and/or that he wouldn't take the fight all the way to the convention.
Did you notice how the pundit in that interview was trying to corner Sanders into making an endorsement for Clinton — to "unify the party" by possibly dropping out of the race early? This is the typical media — not reporting news — but attempting to influence public sentiment and influence the election to get a candidate elected that is most favorable to their own corporate interests.