WASHINGTON, June 7, 2016 — Before the first vote is cast in California, Hillary Clinton’s supporters have declared her victory and seized her participation medal; she will be the first woman to top a U.S. major party presidential ticket.
After the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico voted this weekend, Clinton drew within 25 of the necessary 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination on the first round.
California polls have consistently shown Clinton and Sanders neck and neck in their bid for the state’s 475 pledged delegates. While a popular win by Sanders will not change Clinton’s delegate advantage, it will strengthen his demand for a voice in the party’s platform going forward. That includes policy concessions from Clinton during the convention and, if she is elected in November, thereafter.
Clinton is packing for party’s July convention in Philadelphia for her coronation as the first woman to be first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and now presidential nominee.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, has said:
“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates,”
The Clinton campaign is planning a victory party tonight, after the results from New Jersey and California are in; however, Sanders’ backers are planning to deflate more than a few of Hillary’s red, white and blue balloons by capturing the popular vote in both states.
“We are on the brink of an historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don’t we?” Clinton said at a rally Monday night in Long Beach, Calif. “We have six elections tomorrow and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”
The news media have routinely failed to note that Clinton is not drawing anywhere near the enthusiastic crowds to her rallies that both Trump and Sanders are drawing to theirs.
In tweets following the AP’s announcement of her delegate tally, Clinton said she was “flattered” but urged voters in the six states holding contests Tuesday—California, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Dakota and New Jersey—to get out to vote, as did former President Bill Clinton .
Sanders and his supporters have repeatedly complained that the nomination process is “rigged.” Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman, issued a statement saying:
“it is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.”
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination … [superdelegates] can change their minds” before the July convention.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”
Clinton has already discounted Sanders and his supporters, instead pivoting to attack Trump on his temperament, Trump U and national security. Her new line of attack is to claim that he is unfit for the White House.
“I’m tired of Donald Trump, for many reasons, but I’m tired of him downgrading America. I’m tired of him really speaking ill of our country,” Clinton said Monday night in California.
Clinton will attack Trump with more vehemence on subjects such as education and her pledge to “stand up to the gun lobby.”
Trump will hit back as hard as Clinton can lob her attacks, countering with Benghazi, White Water, the email scandal, her ties to Wall Street and Saudi Arabia, and her calls For “urgent reforms” to our criminal justice system. These are needed to undo the damage caused by President Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill and “tough on crime” policies, which she supported.
Hillary Clinton says a wave of unrest in Baltimore shows that our criminal justice system is “out of balance” and in “urgent need” of reform. “I hope that the tragedies of the last year give us the opportunity to come together as a nation to find our balance again,” she said in an essay for the Brennan Center for Justice
The general election season will unofficially begin tomorrow if Clinton dominates today’s primaries. Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck according to some polls, but both candidates are unpopular and deeply flawed.
It will be up to the voters in November to decide if a life-long politician with carpet bags of scandals should be returned to the White House or a business man, without the political savoir-faire of the inside-the-beltway gilded tongues, should steer America going forward.