Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Established Process


Hillary Clinton has nearly nine million more votes than Donald Trump and more than two and a half million more than Bernie Sanders.  She enjoys a larger delegate count margin between her and Senator Sanders, than there ever was between her and President Obama.  Nevertheless, Hillary isn’t taking anything for granted.

In 2008, Hillary had slightly more popular votes, but not in the delegates.  She acknowledged that the Democratic party rules required the eventual Democratic nominee needed to obtain the right number of delegates to get the nomination.

If Hillary is fortunate enough to secure the Democratic nomination for president, she is hopeful that her party will come together, as occurred when she ended the very tough nomination contest with then Senator Obama on June 7, 2008.  She endorsed Obama for the Democratic nominee for president, and nominated him at the convention in Denver.  She worked diligently to get him elected, because that is what mature politicians do when a primary election is over.

If Bernie is behind in the pledged delegates, he shouldn’t try to win the nomination at that convention by persuading super delegates to switch their allegiance at that point.  If Hillary has the most delegates and popular votes it's reasonable to assume that the majority of people who turned out for their state’s primary election and voted wanted Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

Every state gets to pick way they want to run their primary election.  But, clearly not as many people participate in caucuses as they do in primaries.  When you get to the general election it's about who gets the most votes, and who gets the most electoral votes.

The Democratic Party has a specific process that includes pledged delegates, which was set up well before Hillary and Bernie decided to run. 

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