Those of you who weren’t involved in knocking over four year olds and stealing their chocolate eggs at the Pez Easter egg hunt this weekend might have heard that Bernie Sanders absolutely dominated in the Hawaii, Alaska and Washington caucuses. However 70% victories apparently weren’t impressive enough for the media to tear their gaze away from the Trump/Cruz War of the Wives and they most chalked up his wins to white and rural support (Sanders’ supporters say the media’s Hillary Clinton bias was showing). But a little birdie told Sanders that he still has a viable, if narrow, path to the nomination despite Clinton’s significant delegate lead, and she shouldn’t take the nomination for granted. So what should Sanders do now? Well he wants to shake things up by holding – stop the presses – Another Debate. This time in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of and Clinton’s home turf.
But before New York can make up its state of mind, the media will be turning its attention to Wisconsin – and with these voting contests becoming fewer and far between, the spotlight on each state will be more laser focused than a fiery eyeball atop a tower searching for a dropped contact lens. Part of Sanders’ disadvantage in trying to close the delegate gap with Clinton is that the states are splitting up the delegates proportionally rather than winner-takes-all. But his recent clean sweep and obvious momentum show that Clinton’s expectations of an early nomination lock down will actually take quite a bit longer to materialize, especially with Sanders’ promise to stay in the race until the July convention.
Sanders’ plan to win more pledged delegates through states’ votes (and thus pressure the undeclared and the pro-Clinton Super Delegates to join The Force) is ambitious, but if anyone is capable of a revolutionary overtaking it is Sanders. However if Clinton gets the nomination the question will be what role will Sanders play in her campaign – because his supporters are crucial to a Democratic win in November. His ability to mobilize both the Democratic left wing and Americans who feel alienated from politics is one of his greatest strengths and would have positive consequences in the general election. His brand of socialism might not play well with moderates so he probably won’t be the VP choice, but Clinton would need to convince him and his supporters that she is serious about the economic and inequality issues closest to their hearts, and that won’t be an easy task.
Need a break from all that chocolate? What about a classic Easter film that inspired both the biggest English idiom and the fast and furious franchise? Movie for your mood: Ben Hur