Bernie trounces Hillary in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington

Headshot image of Dan Calabrese
Published by: Dan Calabrese on Monday March 28th, 2016

Which might matter if the fix wasn't in.

That wild-eyed socialist who detests capitalism and wants to be president (not to be confused with the one who currently is president) won three more Democrat caucus states over the weekend - once again serving as a speed bump in Hillary Clinton's journey to her inevitable coronation. And once again we're reminded that Hillary is such an unappealing candidate that Democrat voters in quite a few states would rather back a guy who has praised the Castros and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas.

Not that it matters, of course. As the boss explained earlier in the week, the people showing up to vote in these primaries and caucuses (not to mention the states incurring the costs to hold them) are basically being jerked around on the Democrat side. The whole thing is rigged to ensure Hillary wins the nomination. Much as she could never win acquital in a criminal trial based on the evidence - but doesn't have to be cause the justice system is likely rigged to ensure she will never be charged for her many crimes - she doesn't have to win this nominating contest on her own merits, of which she has none.

She just has to arm-twist enough of the party insiders who serve as "superdelegates" to back her regardless of what the voters want. As we saw again this weekend, an awful lot of them don't want her:

Clinton leads by roughly 300 pledged delegates, with 142 up for grabs Saturday. Washington had the biggest prize, 101 delegates, followed by Hawaii with 25 and Alaska with 16.

Sanders, a democratic socialist, on Saturday acknowledged his struggles in recent contests across the South, with its strong conservative voting bloc. But he remained optimistic about upcoming contests in the more liberal West including those in Oregon and California, which alone offers 546 delegates.

The next Democratic and Republican primaries are April 5 in Wisconsin.

Sanders is popular among younger and more progressive Americans but continues to struggle to connect with Hispanic and African-American voters.

He will win at least nine delegates in Alaska. And all of them are elected to the state Democratic convention, not the party's national nominating convention in July in Philadelphia.

Going into Saturday, Clinton had a 1,223-to-920 lead on Sanders in so-called pledged delegates, who are bound to candidates by their states' elections.

It takes 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination.

It's not that she hasn't won anywhere. But you'd think a candidate worthy of having the entire field cleared for her wouldn't have so much trouble fighting off a 74-year-old Marxist. I suppose the fact that she is reflects the current state of the Democratic Party as much as it reflects her own weakness as a candidate, which is considerable to say the least. The young Democrat voters who love Bernie are misled and ignorant in the extreme, but at least you have to give them the sincerity of their enthusiasm. No one is genuinely enthusiastic for Hillary. Not a single person on Earth. The only people who pretend to be are either being paid for the privilege, or are hoping for a job in her administration, or owe the Clintons a favor, or have decided to play along because they think she's the only hope they have of hanging on to the White House.

Hillary Clinton is the worst plausible candidate for president in the past century. The fact that she might actually have a chance of being elected is to the eternal shame of the Republican Party, which still has time to turn it around. And better.

Get your copy of Herman Cain’s new book, The Right Problems, here!