Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has energized the Democrat primary base in ways that Hillary Clinton could only dream of. His speeches about wealth redistribution and raising taxes have made him a formidable opponent.
Sanders has 830 pledged delegates to Hillary’s 1147. This should be a tight race. However, the Democrat Party has “Super delegates” which have resulted in Hillary “winning” in States where Sanders actually won the popular vote. It’s clear the fix was in from the start, thanks to DNC rules.
Now, Sanders’ fellow senators are telling him that he’s had his fun and it’s time to quit. They are pushing to silence him and his criticism of Hillary’s closeness to Wall Street, before it damages her for the general election.
This is appalling!
Democratic senators of all stripes are as impressed as they are surprised by Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign.
But the time has come, they say, for Sanders to start winding things down.
After holding their fire on Sanders for the better part of a year, the senators — all backers of Hillary Clinton — are gently calling on Sanders to face the reality that there’s almost no chance he’s going to be the Democratic nominee. They don’t say outright he should quit; doing so would be counterproductive, they say.
But nearly a dozen Democratic lawmakers suggested in interviews that Sanders should focus more on stopping Donald Trump and less on why he believes Clinton’s stands on trade, financial regulation and foreign policy would make her a flawed president.
“What’s important is not whether or not he gets out, but how he campaigns,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “If the contrast is now about what separates us from Donald Trump, then I think it’s fine. I just hope that we can begin to focus on unifying because obviously a lot of us are perplexed that we could be facing a country led by someone who seems to be a buffoon.”
Added Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.): “It’s good [for Sanders] to continue to raise the concerns that people have, but I think it ought to be in the context of, ‘This is the difference between the Democrats and Republicans in this race.’”
The subtext of these comments is the general view among Democrats that Sanders has no path to win. Clinton has nearly double the number of delegates that Sanders has, and she swept the Vermont independent in three distinct regions of the country last week.[…]
“It will be almost impossible for Sen. Sanders to catch up. And he should do the math and draw his own conclusions,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).
“The writing’s on the wall,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) also joined with the other Democrat Senators calling for Sanders to quit his campaign.
Clearly, Democrats don’t believe in “democracy” when the Clintons are involved. Hillary has made sure that enough money has been spent growing the Democrat’s political machine that this election was already settled by the donors, before it even started.
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