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Friday, June 10, 2016

Wake up, Sanders voters!

Forget it, Sanders voters, your guy was never going to win the Democratic presidential nomination, as we’ve been telling you for months. An outsider candidacy like Bernie’s is exactly why the party leadership created the superdelegate system. These superdelegates are party insiders who don’t answer to the voters. Instead they basically answer only to themselves, and as far as they’re concerned, what’s good for them is what’s good for the party.

In this case Hillary Clinton was the anointed one: She played ball after Barack Obama defeated her for the nomination in 2008 and hasn’t said a divisive word ever since. So now her reward is that she’s the Democratic Party nominee in 2016.

It’s not like party chairman Debbie Wasserman Shultz didn’t tell you when she said on CNN in March that the superdelegates “exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.”

Don’t think the Republican Party poobahs aren’t jealous. If they’d thought of such a system, they wouldn’t have a Donald Trump candidacy on their hands. So look for GOP leaders to try to implement something similar if Trump doesn’t actually win the presidency and keep them from gaming the system.

Of course, Sanders didn’t help himself when he took Clinton’s biggest weakness – questions about her honesty – off the table at the first Democratic debate, dismissing the legal problems about her e-mail use at the State Department. Polling has long shown that Clinton is vulnerable there among voters, but Sanders didn’t capitalize on that until too late.

Face it, the fix was in, Berniemaniacs. You need to get over it in the name of party unity.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Fran Coombs.