1 year ago

Clinton’s Bernie Problem Persists

More than a full year after Secretary Clinton launched her second attempt at the White House, she won her party’s nomination. She did so by winning a series of contests, but she required unelected superdelegates to drag her over the finish line.

And therein lies the rub: Bernie Sanders declared Tuesday night that “the struggle continues” for his campaign and its supporters. Convinced of the inherent unfairness of the superdelegate system, Sanders’ commitment to march on deprives Clinton of what she desperate needs – a unified Democratic Party.

Though it’s likely that day will come eventually, the longer Sanders waits, the more Clinton languishes because she desperately needs his supporters to back her:

While Sanders will likely endorse Clinton eventually, his supporters are another matter. Many are independent voters without strong ties to the Democratic Party, so they may continue fighting Clinton no matter what Sanders does.

One in four Sanders supporters have said they would not back Clinton in the general election. The animosity toward Clinton from Sanders supporters will be her greatest challenge, as it is palpably visceral:

Which led him to his boilerplate attack on billionaires and inequality, and, well, nary a kind word for his rival. When he allowed that he’d received a “gracious” call from Clinton, her name triggered nasty boos.

Many of Sanders’ supporters don’t just love him, they strongly dislike her. While that may have been true among Clinton supporters in 2008 regarding then-Senator Obama, that animosity was not based on 30 years of public scandals and unethical behavior. Uniting the Democratic Party will be Clinton’s biggest challenge to date.