After Saturday, “I Like Bernie but He Can’t Win” No Longer Applies.

Saturday

After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial win in the Arizona Democratic primary, it was declared that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would have to win an average of 58 percent of the remaining delegates in each subsequent primary or caucus to win enough pledged delegates to win the nomination.  The mainstream media, which has long been in the pocket of Hillary Clinton, quickly began including Clinton’s unpledged superdelegates in the equation, promoting the fiction that Bernie Sanders would actually have to win 70 percent of the remaining delegates to claim the nomination.  The message to voters from our supposedly-neutral journalists?  “Forget about voting for Bernie Sanders – he’ll never get 70 percent in any state!”

Well, Bernie Sanders just went and got himself 70 percent.  Thrice.  Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington.  Of these three, Washington is a populous, delegate-heavy state.  The states are also racially diverse, undercutting the media’s persistent claim that Sanders only does well in overwhelmingly white electorates.  Finally, the three states were the only states voting on Saturday, meaning Sanders won a clean sweep.

And, perhaps most importantly, Bernie Sanders’ clean sweep comes right before a brief – but invaluable – intermission in the Democratic primaries:  The next contest will occur on April 5 in Wisconsin.  Sanders just won some great coverage and terrific momentum heading into a nine-day stretch where his fundraising and social media machines can work their political magic.  These nine days also provide Hillary Clinton more chances to stumble or commit verbal gaffes, from which she has increasingly suffered this spring.  Basically, the nine-day rest will benefit Sanders, who has positive momentum, but hurt Clinton, who has negative momentum.

Sanders’ 70 percent victories are also crucial in that they shatter the media’s artificially-created aura of inevitability around Hillary Clinton.  Even with the media’s fudged numbers, including Clinton’s fair-weather superdelegates, Sanders is still on a winning path by claiming over 70 percent of the vote in the most recent primary contests.  This news alone will convince many Clinton supporters to defect, now believing that their secret affinity for Bernie Sanders can actually pay off.

How many tepid Clinton supporters are only in her camp because they believe Sanders cannot win?  “I like him, but he can’t win” has become a 2016 cliche among both political parties, with large numbers of voters preferring honest, bold, and innovative candidates…but ultimately casting their ballots for duller but more “realistic” candidates.  This explains why voters overwhelmingly dislike Hillary Clinton, but dutifully vote for her anyway.

Well, no longer!  Sanders’ resounding blowouts in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington prove that he can win…and is actually on track to win.  This will convince masses of “I like him, but he can’t win” voters in delegate-heavy states like New York, Pennsylvania, and California to Feel the Bern.  It will also convince many of Clinton’s self-interested superdelegates to begin defecting as well.  When a vast majority of your state’s Democrats and left-leaning independents are voting enthusiastically for Bernie Sanders, ignoring democracy and voting instead for Hillary Clinton is a quick way to be out of a job.

Clintonite superdelegates might be able to brush off a 52-48 victory by Sanders, but not a 71-29 victory.  Look for many superdelegates to begin distancing themselves from the Clinton political machine, instantly reducing the media’s pro-Clinton math by several percentage points.  Self-interest no longer favors remaining loyal to Hillary Clinton.

Berners, we have cracked the media’s exaggerated 70-percent barrier, and anything is now possible!  Bern like you have never Berned before and phonebank, Facebank, write, talk, and display your Bernie gear.  As we proved on Saturday, we can change America.

#FeelTheBern

Calvin Wolf

By day, Calvin Wolf is a high school social studies teacher. By night, he is a freelance writer and novelist, penning political thrillers and commentary on politics, education, economics, foreign policy, and culture. In the past, he's worked as a professional cartoonist and as a backpacking guide. He once stood between a mother bear and her cub and emerged unscathed!

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