INDIANAPOLIS, June 7, 2016 – God is great; beer is good; and pundits are stupid. Singer/songwriter Billy Currington had it just about right in 2008.
But he didn’t see California’s primary coming. California’s Democratic primary on Tuesday is billed by the talking-head class as the final showdown between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Bernie’s supporters are hoping for, even planning, a victory in the left-coast state despite Clinton being crowned the nominee before the first vote was cast.
A strong showing by Sanders in California will prove that their candidate has the legitimacy he has always craved, as he changed parties and maneuvered over the years, to finally get his socialist foundation accepted by mainstream Democrats. When Bernie wins California, they say, Hillary’s superdelegates will see that he can win and that she can lose, especially in elector-rich Cali.
And until Philadelphia’s final superdelegate vote is cast, anything can happen.
Bernie’s legions, they say, will be vindicated in their battle over Hillary’s “winning” Iowa on six straight coin tosses; her “winning” New Hampshire by a few handfuls of recounted votes; her sewing up Debbie Wasserman-Shultz’s gift of hundreds of delegates, a handicap Bernie has nearly overcome, but won’t.
Bernie’s peeps will swarm the Convention, outdoors (where tiny crowds can be staged by the camera crews to look like Patton’s Army) and inside, on the floor, where their disruptions will be covered by otherwise-bored news crews.
Bernie, if he doesn’t win, they say, will at least force Hillary and Debbie to move the Party to the left.
They’re so dumb.
For one thing, Hillary isn’t to the right of Sanders, philosophically; she makes statements to appease and attract her Wall Street money and to give semi-rational sound bytes to her media flacks.
Hillary, through her history, has always been a redistributionist, that which we used to call “communist”, at heart, and will immediately spring to that position, once she has assumed her throne.
But the idea that California somehow matters is absurd.
A Democrat will carry California in November. George Washington couldn’t win California, running as a Republican (assuming the impossible on so many levels).
It’s as absurd as the idea that the Democrats need Hillary to “bring home the black vote,” as if blacks all voted together (oops – they do! 98% in 2008; 95% in 2012) or had a home in the Democratic Party, which is free to ignore them, given that they always vote for Democrats, anyway.
It’s as absurd as pretending that the Democrat Party core will let anyone but Hillary have their nomination, under any circumstances, with the DNC Chair in her bag and the media still remembering her 900 FBI files, even as they never mention them.
It’s just plain dumb to think that Hillary will move one millimeter from her plan to seize power. She is the most dedicated, ruthless politician the West has seen since the 1930s, and she has a track record of intimidation that works, all the way up through the ranks of the FBI, which is dragging feet and looking for a way out of doing its job.
So, what about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton?
The FBI will either delay everything until after she’s elected, or pass one of two kinds of indictments to Loretta Lynch at “Justice,” recommendations sure to be either thrown out by her, or quickly by a judge or the recommendation will be for such a minor crime that she’ll plead guilty to get it over with, pay the $50 fine, and declare, “That’s over!”
But that’s for another column.