With a last-minute flow of super delegates, it’s all over.
LOS ANGELES — Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.
The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Back then, she famously noted her inability to “shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling.”
Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation’s first black president, Clinton held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He mobilized millions with a fervently liberal message and his insurgent candidacy revealed a deep level of national frustration with politics-as-usual, even among Democrats who have controlled the White House since 2009.
Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates. Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
7 thoughts on “AP calls it: Clinton is the nominee”
So it’s over when AP calls it. OK then. So that’s democracy.
well, I’m so glad they didn’t wait for the polls to open. It’s so messy counting actual votes.
There’s nothing nefarious or unusual about this call. They contacted the delegates and counted the ones who are pledging for HRC. Facts are news.
Would it be democracy for the press to squelch a story for political reasons?
Greenwald: “This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary: The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization – incredibly – conceals. The decisive edifice of superdelegates is itself anti-democratic and inherently corrupt: designed to prevent actual voters from making choices that the party establishment dislikes. But for a party run by insiders and funded by corporate interests, it’s only fitting that their nomination process ends with such an ignominious, awkward and undemocratic sputter.”
Oh, that’s such bullshit. Glenn can kiss my ass.
Hmmm. Which part is bullshit? The part about the Dem party being “run by insiders and funded by corporate interests?” The part about “discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization…conceals?” Or perhaps the part about superdelegates being “anti-democratic and inherently corrupt: designed to prevent actual votors from making chioces that the party establishment dislikes?”
Congratulations, Susie, on seeing your very long-term support for Hillary come to fruition. But please. Don’t join the Dem institutional enforcers like DeLong, who simply will not tolerate any deviation from the party line, and are making threats of retribution when Hillary comes to power. It’s beneath you.
Greenwald has made incredibly important contributions to investigative journalism, especially around the Snowden revelations. You may think he’s wrong. But he’s definitely not stupid. Or full of shit. He’s a contrarian, fer crissakes, who, e.g., supported the Citizen’s United decision on legal grounds, but he’s a very valuable contrarian.
Boy, that’s a whole of conclusion-jumping, right there. Glenn frequently flies off the handle about things, and he’s working for an organization that encourages that. He doesn’t how the AP works, and why — but that will not stop him from rendering a searing public verdict. I know for a fact that the Clinton campaign was furious about the AP story — but that would certainly ruin Glenn’s narrative implying collusion, wouldn’t it?
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