A Big Day, And A California Fantasy *Open Thread*
Well, it is (essentially) official: Hillary Clinton is the Nominee for the Democratic (Socialist) Party. Between Puerto Rico and the Superdelegates (and really Sanders, stop whining about them – you were fine with them when they gave the nomination to Obama), Clinton has secured sufficient numbers to cross the threshold.
This is a history-making kind of day, as CNN points out:
Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, according to CNN’s delegate and superdelegate count, and will become the first woman in the 240-year history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
A strong showing in Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary on Sunday and additional support from superdelegates put Clinton, 68, over the top to become the presumptive nominee. She has secured 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2,384 delegates — one more than needed for the nomination.
Clinton’s delegate count will grow Tuesday when six states, including delegate-rich California and New Jersey, hold contests. Speaking in Long Beach, California, on Monday, Clinton said she was still focused on the states where voters head to the polls Tuesday.
“We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don’t we?” she said. “We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
So, yeah, it is official. Even if Clinton doesn’t win California on this last Super Tuesday, she will win enough delegates from there, as well as New Jersey, to easily put her over the top.
And speaking of the last Super Tuesday, here is more from the Inqusitr:
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders come down to the wire in the final Super Tuesday of the Democratic primary election season for 2016, and results will stream live from six states on June 7 — New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana as well as the big prize of the day, and with 475 pledged delegates of the whole primary season, California.
Scroll down this page for several options to get New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and California primary election results in a live stream, both with video and text-only.
While media coverage has been intense in the California race between Sanders and Clinton, the former secretary of state enters the June 7 Super Tuesday voting with such a large lead that even if she suffers an upset loss in California — which according to polls is at least a possibility — she will almost certainly clinch the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday anyway. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And there you have it. Today’s voting will simply extend Clinton’s lead to an insurmountable proportion.
That hasn’t stopped Sanders from shouting that this will be a contested Convention:
This doesn’t seem to bother the Democrats one bit. Unlike the Republicans who made Cruz pay for suggesting such a thing, that is. I don’t understand that “logic” one bit. Why was it considered to be such a HORRIBLE thing by Republican elites when it came to that possibility with Cruz, but is okey dokey for Sanders to keep demanding that be the case when Clinton has the delegates? Heck, at the time a brokered convention was being discussed, Trump certainly didn’t even have enough delegates by a long shot and they freaked out about it. But hey, it isn’t too late yet, especially if the delegates follow Steve Deace’s advice and declare their Independence (h/t KenoshaMarge).
We can pray they do, which leads to my fantasy about California. Given the doubling down by Trump of racist attacks on the judge who is overseeing the Trump U. case, Gonzalo Curiel, my fantasy is that Californians will make Trump pay for his assholic comments and playing the victim by giving Cruz the win. Yep. That’s my fantasy. I think it would serve Trump right on so many levels, though he would just continue playing the victim card like he is about his racist attacks. From Business Insider:
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday rejected criticism – including from his own party – of his allegations of bias against a Hispanic judge, insisting his concerns were valid.
“All I want to do is figure out why I’m being treated unfairly by a judge. And a lot of people agree with it,” Trump said on Fox News.
Trump has been on the defensive since his comments last week about Mexican-American U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing fraud lawsuits against Trump University, the New York businessman’s defunct real estate school.
He has suggested that Curiel’s heritage is influencing his opinion about the case because of Trump’s campaign rhetoric about illegal immigration. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election, has pledged to seal the U.S.-Mexico border with a wall, and has said Mexico is sending rapists and drug dealers to the United States. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Yeah – that’s why I am hoping California, and maybe New Jersey, will make Trump pay. It is a pipe dream I know, but hey – a girl can dream!
Meanwhile, my Senator, Lindsey Graham, is calling for the Republican bigwigs who sold their souls by endorsing Trump like McConnell, Ryan, Rubio, and presumably, HIMSELF, to take back their endorsement of this racist jackass who is setting back the Republican Party DECADES with his doubling down and demanding of surrogates to continue the attacks against Curiel. I don’t agree with Graham on much, but I love that he is highlighting how idiotic are these RNC elites for endorsing someone like Trump.
Frankly, it serves them all right for demanding this unity thing for someone as loathsome as Trump. This is egg over ALL their faces, every single one of them who jumped in behind Trump and demanded everyone else do so, too.
Trump has set back the Party and the GOP Establishment allowed it to happen. This is their big chance to buck up.
It is now or never, kids. Hop to it. Or say goodbye to the Party. Your choice.
That’s what I think, anyway. How about you? This is your last big Super Duper Tuesday Primary Day of the 2016 Election Season.