DALLAS, May 18, 2016 — A week after getting blasted in West Virginia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped for a rebound in Oregon and Kentucky. She didn’t get one; she continues to stagger her way to the Democrat presidential nomination.
In Oregon, she suffered another stinging loss to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who defeated her by six points. Kentucky was a virtual dead heat. A desperate Clinton declared victory before the race was called by a single news organization. With 99 percent of Kentucky precincts reporting, Clinton had 46.8 percent of the vote; Sanders had 46.3 percent.
The Associated Press declared the race too close to call. Clinton, reeling from a string of losses, is forced to declare victories wherever she can get them.
In the 2008 Kentucky Democrat primary, Clinton bested Illinois Senator Barack Obama by 35 points. She received over 450,000 votes. This time, she barely cracked 200,000 votes. Her supporters can spin things any way she likes, but that performance was devastating. Clinton fails to inspire people, and the plummeting turnout among Democrats is a reflection of their antipathy toward her.
Clinton has now lost 21 states to a 74-year-old socialist. She has a lead in pledged delegates, and the Superdelegate system has allowed the Democrat National Committee to all but rig the race for her. But even with that built-in advantage, Clinton cannot put Sanders away.
Clinton surrogates in the media are getting desperate. The New York Times has one responsibility between now and November, to destroy Donald Trump and get Clinton elected. A hit piece meant to showcase Trump’s supposed insensitivity toward women backfired when two of the featured women came to his defense. Rowanne Brewer Lane and Carrie Prejean both made it clear that the the New York Times took them out of context. They are both voting for Trump in the general election.
Trump has all but locked up the GOP nomination, making next week’s Washington State primary a formality. Democrats have no more contests until June. For the next three weeks, Clinton will be pummeled by Trump on the right and by Sanders on her left. On Tuesday night, Sanders held a rally in Los Angeles that again saw a large and enthusiastic crowd.
Clinton’s message to Democrats is, “I’m the nominee. Deal with it.”
The collective yawn in response may mean acceptance, but it certainly does not lead to excitement.