You might've heard that Hillary Clinton won yesterday's New York primary. Lies! Well, not lies, exactly, but also not the complete story. Bernie actually won the overwhelming majority of counties. Across the vast majority of the state, Sanders came out ahead by significant margins in all but a few places. Clinton won the majority of votes; Sanders won the majority of districts. So ... congrats?
Clinton still triumphed in the densest parts of New York, so she gets to gobble up most of the delegates. And despite his county-level victories, things are looking as grim as ever for Bernie. So what's left for his campaign to do at this point (other than buy a bunch of "Yaaas, Hillary!" t-shirts)?
Well, they could always try to subvert democracy.
"We’ve got a shot to victory," Bernie said last night. "We have come a very long way in the last 11 months, and we are going to fight this out until the end of the process."
Okay, so if this isn't the end, what is? I'm going to guess it's the convention, unless he's planning to keep on running even after she gets the nomination. That's not exactly "allowed," but hey, weirder things have happened.
Bernie's cruising towards a double-digit loss in Pennsylvania, the next big state; and it's looking terrible for him in California, the state with the most delegates. So it's hard to imagine any scenario in which he arrives at the convention with more delegates than Hillary.
"We're going to go to the convention," said Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver on MSNBC. Uh, okay, and what are you going to do there?
"It is extremely unlikely that either candidate will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to get to this number, so it is going to be an election determined by the superdelegates," Weaver said.
Yeah but wait, how does that help you? Hillary has all the superdelegates right now. And she has the majority of the delegates chosen by voters. So, if the Sanders campaign wants to win, they'll have to go to those superdelegates and say, "Oh yeah, sure, the candidate you've been supporting for months won a majority of votes and a majority of states. But hey wouldn't you rather support the second-place guy?"
That's the scenario presented to Weaver on MSNBC by an anchor, who asked if he was going to spend the summer trying to flip the superdelegates from Clinton to Sanders.
Well, there you have it ... the superdelegate system that's been keeping Hillary way out ahead in total delegates this whole time is suddenly the Sanders campaign's best hope for victory.
And that's not as completely bonkers as it might sound. After all, a lot of polls show that Bernie is a stronger candidate against Trump than Clinton. (Not that those polls mean much of anything at this point.) So the superdelegates could, possibly, maybe, drop Hillary, even if she won the majority of primary votes. After all, that's what the superdelegate system was designed for: to let party insiders pick the best candidate even if voters preferred an unelectable loser.
But oh my God, can you imagine? The Republican party is primed to explode into dust this year, but if the Democrats suddenly decided that the popular vote doesn't matter, then theirs would suddenly be the party that collapses.
No wonder a Hillary clinton aide reportedly told a Politico reporter, "We kicked ass tonight ... I hope this convinces Bernie to tone it down. If not, fuck him."