It was surreal listening to news broadcasters tell the viewing audience Bernie Sanders had won Indiana, but that he had lost the primaries. It started with the morning TV news, and George Stephanopoulos telling the world Bernie had won in Indiana, and then moving to Hillary Clinton’s plans for dealing with Trump after she wins the primaries. CBS News said pretty much the same thing. Later, on the Diane Rehm Show, her guests parroted the same phrases.
It is true, that it is mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to win enough delegates in the remaining Democratic contests to secure the nomination, but the same is true of Hillary Clinton. Both will need superdelegates, and Bernie aides see a path through the convention in Philadelphia by targeting these superdelegates.
Asked about the situation on Wednesday, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said,
“The truth is, no one is going to the convention with the requisite number of pledged delegates to win. The superdelegates are going to decide this race.”
According to the shallow, Clinton-leaning news media, Clinton needs 165 delegates to clinch the nomination, but that count includes superdelegates, who are not locked in until they cast their vote in July. If superdelegates, who have not yet voted, are removed from her numbers, she is 678 delegates short.
“Conventional wisdom” and manipulated delegate math show Hillary Clinton winning the nomination, but for some reason, Bernie Sanders seems to be ignoring the message. Next comes Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, along with the delegate-rich state of California, all on June 7th. California is leaning strongly towards Bernie Sanders, with independent voters able to register as Democrats. Indiana has shown anything is possible. The media wants a Trump v. Clinton contest, with most supporting Clinton and opposing Trump. It will get ugly and the major media outlets have started drooling at the prospect of cheap, emotional news. Bernie Sanders seems to have other ideas.