Hey Bernie supporters — Nice win you had there in NH, shame if something happened to it.
I will admit I have a taste for sweet schadenfreude.
After nearly a year of the elite media’s reporting breathlessly on the war among Republicans, social media is now covering veritable insurrection occurring among the Democrats because of primary system shenanigans.
Last week, we covered the Iowa Caucus coin flips that garnered Hillary Clinton more delegates than Bernie Sanders (despite the veritable tie). Now after trouncing Clinton in New Hampshire by a straight-up popular vote total difference over 20% points, Sanders will be leaving the state with an equal number of delegates.
…Sanders had won 13 delegates with his 20-point victory on Tuesday and is expected to raise that total to 15 by the time all of the votes are counted.
Two of the state’s 24 delegates are currently unpledged but will likely be awarded to Sanders once the results are finalized.
Clinton won nine delegates in the primary but came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose.
Superdelegate support is fluid, though, so some of those delegates now backing Clinton could switch to Sanders before the Democratic National Convention in late July.
But as it stands, the superdelegate support gives Clinton a total of 15 New Hampshire delegates.
It's how DEM-ocracy works https://t.co/liYAUyIuQn
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) February 10, 2016
The Clinton campaign has mounted an aggressive effort to secure about 360 superdelegates across the country, according to The Associated Press. Sanders has a total of eight superdelegates.
In fact, Clinton now has a huge lead in superdelegate support.
However, this plan has…flaws.
To say that Bernie Sanders supporters are unhappy would be an understatement.
— Mad Voter in MN CD 2 (@MadVoterInMN) February 10, 2016
There is now a movement to swing the superdelegate votes to Sanders.
— Peter Locke (@wpeterlocke) February 10, 2016
Democrats have an new-found disdain of the mainstream media, and have noted the utter failure of endorsements to persuade voters:
— John Amenta (@jamenta) February 10, 2016
As I have foreseen, elite media sources are attempting to paint this as a non-loss for Clinton. Today’s offering in The Washington Post: She did about as well in 2016 as she did in 2008.
The weird thing about the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary is that Hillary Clinton did about as well this year as she did in 2008, percentage-wise. In the state’s main counties, Clinton performed on average only about two percentage points worse than she did eight years ago (according to vote totals as of Wednesday morning) — and in five of the 10 counties, she did as well or better.
Additionally, an under-reported audit of Iowa Caucus results have narrowed the margin of Hillary’s win to 0.25%.
I asserted that the result to pay attention the vote totals among minorities. It turns out that Sanders over-performed:
Perhaps the only surprise last night was Bernie Sanders’ competitiveness among nonwhites and mainline Democrats. A further thought this morning, sparked by Rick Klein, was to look at those groups by age. Voilà: It’s about those pesky youngsters.
Overall, as we’ve reported, nonwhites in New Hampshire divided evenly, 50-49 percent, Clinton-Sanders. That was unexpected, given that nonwhites have been among Clinton’s strongest groups in national polls.
This explains why Sanders is now trying to woo minority “leaders” among his party, like Al Sharpton. Ta-Nehisi Coates, an African-American writer for The Atlantic who opines about race relations, said he would be voting for Sanders. Furthermore, a progressive publication (The Nation) now proclaims that Hillary Clinton does not deserve the Black Vote.
During his victory speech, Sanders basically tried to crowdfund is campaign by directing donors to his website. As of this report, his team as raised $5.2 million. While I disagree with every premise in yesterday’s victory speech, he was obviously grateful for the genuinely enthusiastic support and seems prepared to begin acting like a front-runner.
If Clinton prevails and wins the nomination, I doubt there is so much hatred for Republican among the Democrats to convince all Sanders voters to support her this November. Americans like their winners to have won fair-and-square.
Clinton’s tactics have already soured voters on her. I expect we will be enjoying much more sweet schadenfreude by following the Democratic primary than originally anticipated. Stay tuned!