With all the data indicating that Bernie Sanders runs better against Donald Trump than Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, it is mystifying that there is not more talk of Democratic superdelegates defecting from Clinton to Sanders. With the Democratic nominee now guaranteed to face off against Donald Trump this autumn, doesn’t it make sense to nominate the contender who is best suited to defeat the billionaire real estate tycoon? Thus far, the Democratic Party establishment has remained firmly rooted behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, apparently assured that, despite her numerous flaws and liabilities, she can easily handle Trump.
Despite Bernie Sanders’ tremendous upset victories in Indiana and West Virginia, the party establishment and the mainstream media have stuck to the tired rhetoric that Sanders is down for the count and has absolutely zero hope of clinching the Democratic nomination. However, despite most pundits and talking heads calling for Sanders to exit the race, some are beginning to question why Hillary Clinton, despite having every possible advantage, cannot seem to close. Some are beginning to worry that Clinton may actually be vulnerable in the general election.
Seeds of doubt have been sown: Was it a mistake to try to push U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) aside and blindly hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton? Was it a mistake to ignore Clinton’s numerous liabilities and scandals? Might it be safer to run your better candidate, Bernie Sanders, against your opponent?
Though many Clintonites will undoubtedly roll their eyes at the above skepticism, new polls give reason to worry about Clinton’s November prospects. It turns out that the former First Lady, despite the initial hype, may not have a lock on the Oval Office after all. Donald Trump is running stronger than expected in crucial swing states…and will only consolidate his support from here on out. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, must continue to battle in the primaries until mid-June. Trump is likely to improve his standing, while Clinton’s is likely to erode.
Doesn’t it seem like now might be a time for Democratic superdelegates to begin listening to reason and run the better candidate against their opponent? It was understandable that superdelegates were unconcerned about Clinton versus Trump back when Clinton was assured of victory…but that time has passed. Donald Trump has proven to be more formidable than expected, meaning that the Democratic Party cannot afford to risk running a liability-plagued franchise player instead of the player with the winning stats.
If superdelegates are intended to ensure that the Democratic Party picks a winning candidate, it is clear that they are obligated to switch their support from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders.