By Jerry Alatalo
or the Clinton campaign and its supporters there are statistics and then – after they come to the full realization of just how soundly they were rejected at the polls in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah and Washington – there are “damn statistics”.
While corporate media outlets continue attempts to spin the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton toward her “inevitability”, going so far as only days ago insinuating Sanders should drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination, the American people have seemingly taken such media propaganda for Clinton as a personal offense, and acted to produce a Sanders 5-state landslide.
In sports jargon, when one team starts running on all cylinders and performing beyond expectations people talk about the team’s “gaining momentum”, or “the Big Mo'”. After Sanders sweep of Clinton by truly remarkable blowout margins in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, and despite media attempts to downplay those lopsided, momentum-swinging victories, using the word “inevitable” means one is much less aligned with the political reality.
With more than a week until residents of Wisconsin travel to the polls on Tuesday April 5, people in that state and those still upcoming will have time to absorb the transformation and how competitive the Sanders-Clinton just became. The “inevitability factor” after Sanders’ blowout victories over Clinton may have just actually, tangibly shifted or been transferred away from Clinton’s and into Sanders’ campaign.
In sports, dramatic comeback victories and unimaginable upsets that defy the odds represent the most exciting and memorable experiential moments of them all for players and fans alike. The same applies in the current moment of political competition – the “game” of politics – between Sanders and Clinton, and the American people are becoming excited while observing their battle.
While in sports the physical strength and conditioning of athletes is a large factor along with coaching and team strategy, the game of politics doesn’t require the competitors to lift weights or workout in the gym, but comes down to who in the minds of voters has the best ideas, speaks truthfully, and when elected will bring about societal conditions which better serve the highest number for overall health and well-being.
One senses the American people are now effectively all referees watching the competition between Sanders and Clinton on the political “athletic” field, and that from here on in the campaign will require squeaky clean, adhering to the rules, honest efforts from both. Since entering the field for President of the United States some 11 months ago Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has “played by the rules”, and nobody has come forward with any evidence of dirty tricks on his part. This is one of the qualities, if not the main one, Sanders supporters most admire in him.
Ms. Clinton has on several occasions thus far in the campaign been caught and called out on intentionally misrepresenting Mr. Sanders’ history and positions. If she continues overlooking that the American people are now in a real sense each refereeing her match with Sanders and blowing the whistle when any foul becomes committed, Ms. Clinton’s support will rapidly evaporate, Sanders’ momentum will only increase, and he will win the Democratic nomination.
And that’s the way it must be – fair and square. The people of Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, California and remaining states are quickly coming around. Millions of Americans are fully understanding this.
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