All I would add, that Joy fails to point out, is that “Hillary’s PUMAs,” as she calls us, consolidated specifically over the 05/31/08 RBC decisions re: Florida and Michigan. I had never seen delegates taken from one candidate and reassigned to another before, as happened with the Michigan delegates. I have not seen it since. I still see that as outrageous. Filing deadlines mean something.
As to the seating of Florida delegates (it was decided that half would be seated), these were elected delegates chosen by Florida voters who dutifully voted in their primary. The argument was between the Florida DC and the DNC over when that primary should have been held. Democrats voted in good faith. There is no parallel to unelected delegates not being seated in Nevada since they were unelected and were not registered Democrats as of May 1 of this year. Registration deadlines mean something.
Hillary was as good as her word to support the ticket and launched “Hillary Sent Me.” Yes, supporters peeled off. Some have never returned to the party. Some joined the Tea Party and turned against her viciously. Hillary Clinton did her darnedest to pull the party together.
Reid is right. Now it is Bernie’s turn. Feeding an anti-DNC and anti-Hillary frenzy only helps Donald Trump.
GET IT TOGETHER
05.18.16He must stop indulging his people’s fantasies, tell them the truth about the math—and get them to stop with all the nasty about Clinton.
Soon and very soon, Bernie Sanders is going to have to help his most ardent fans confront the fact of his defeat. How he does so will help to determine his legacy.
That is not meant to disparage the campaign or the candidate, despite the vitriol that’s sure to start flooding into my Twitter timeline right now. It’s a statement of mathematical fact. As of today, no matter what happens in Kentucky (or Oregon, or Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, D.C. or even mighty California), Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee.