The second super-Tuesday primaries have come and gone. Five wins for Hillary including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri have increased her pledged delegate lead to over 300. Realistically that signals the end of Bernie Sanders chance at the nomination. The lead is even bigger than it looks as explained by Philip Bump in the Washington Post. Add to that her tremendous lead in superdelegates and Bernie Sanders has close to zero chance of being the Democratic nominee. Voters have shown they understand the man who says he only ran as a Democrat for the media attention and because it was affordable wouldn't make a good standard bearer for the Party.
Whether or not he ends his Don Quixote like quest for the nomination will be something for him to decide. If he continues to campaign, which is likely, he will hopefully focus on issues and stop attacking Hillary and doing the work of Republicans.
Democrats, including those who have been supporting Hillary, should thank Senator Sanders for his campaign on the issues. He has crystalized in many minds why we need to deal with the issue of economic inequality and by doing so has made Hillary a stronger candidate. Hillary has always been strong but one can clearly see she has gotten better and better in the both the debates and town halls she participates in. She has a clear vision for the nation's future and a comprehensive set of policies and position statements outlining the kind of a President she will be. A great one!
While Republicans will continue to bring up issues like Benghazi she has effectively answered their lies on this and shown she and President Obama acted correctly. Her grief over the death of those four great Americans will lead her to work to do everything possible so it never happens again.
She has a comprehensive program to deal with Wall Street supported by progressives including economist Paul Krugman. She has earned the support of labor and women's organizations; of the Equality Caucus, Latino Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus in Congress. The Hillary for America campaign has used their time to build a network of supporters across the nation who will help to unite the Democratic Party and stand with her in the general election.
Her campaign led by Robby Mook and John Podesta put together an amazing young, diverse and effective operation. Men, women, gay, straight, transgender, Latino, African American, White, Asian, people with disabilities, and others from every ethnic group. Hillary has shown everyone she learns from her mistakes and no one, even someone as brilliant as Hillary, can live life without making some. She clearly learned from her loss in 2008 what she had to do to win in 2016.
In 2008 Hillary continued to campaign straight through June winning primaries and amassing votes which she so eloquently said were "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling". But she could never catch Barack Obama in delegates. Today Bernie Sanders is in a similar position even further behind in delegates. If he continues in the race and wins some primaries he will not be able to catch her in delegates needed for the nomination. Some Sanders supporters whine about superdelegates. Their candidate knew the rules when he decided to run in the Democratic primary and hopefully he shares that knowledge with his supporters. Hillary may not need them but when in 2008 Barack Obama needed superdelegates to secure the nomination Hillary Clinton didn't whine. She stood tall, thanked all 18 million who voted for her, accepted her loss and turned around and helped Barack Obama to become President. That is who Hillary Clinton is.
When it comes to the political 'revolution' Bernie Sanders keeps talking about it appears it isn't going quite how he envisioned. The 'revolution' is for Hillary. She now has 2,700,000 more actual votes than Sanders and 1,600,000 more than Donald Trump. It is a revolution which includes registered Democrats, African Americans, women, Latinos, the LGBT community, and people with disabilities who are casting their ballots for her.
It is a revolution in support of the most brilliant, passionate, and prepared person running for President. The person whose election will make a statement to the world about what is best in America when on January 20, 2017 the United States swears in its 45th and first woman President.