As I write this post only 4% of the votes have been counted according to the New York Times.
However, Sanders is so far ahead and did so well in the exit polls that it is essentially a foregone conclusion at this point that he will easily win the state today. (MSNBC has already called the race in his favor.)
Sanders also won New Hampshire, and either won or came in second in Iowa, depending on who you talk to.
So a decisive win today could indicate the kind of momentum that simply cannot be overcome by the other candidates.
On March 3, we will have Super Tuesday which will feature primaries from 14 states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
According to early polling it is almost certain that Sanders will get the lion’s share of the vote in California, and either come in first or second in Texas and of course, he will win Vermont.
Polls show Sanders either leading or only a few points behind first place in most of the other states voting on March 3rd as well.
If Sanders performs to expectations after Super Tuesday he will be for all intents and purposes the nominee, which of course is just what Trump and Putin are hoping for.
Here is what famed Democratic strategist James Carville had to say about a Bernie victory today courtesy of Mediaite:
Carville expressed fear on MSNBC that the media is not appraising voters of the risks of nominating Sanders, of whom he has been harshly critical.
“The entire theory that by expanding the electorate, increasing turnouts, you can win elections, is the equivalent of climate denying. When people say that, they are as stupid to a political scientist as a climate denier is to an atmospheric scientist,” he said.
Carville continued that he understood Sanders supporters who backed the Vermont Independent because of his platform.
But, he said, “If you’re voting for him because you think he’ll win the election, because he’ll galvanize heretofore sleepy parts of an electorate, then politically, you’re a fool.”
“And that’s just a fact,” Carville continued. “It’s no denying it, there’s so much political science, so much research on this that it’s not even a debatable question. And if people are appraised of this, and they know that, and they want to do it as Democrats, that’s their own business. But I don’t think they have all the facts that they need before they make this judgment going forward.”
“You’re describing a lot what sounds like political suicide?” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace said.
“It is,” Carville said.
Carville is quite a bit more verbose than I tend to be, but for all intents and purposes I think he is correct.
Part of the problem is Bernie’s famous temper, which was on full display right before the last Democratic debate.
Courtesy of Page Six:
Bernie Sanders went ballistic at NBC and MSNBC execs ahead of the Democratic debate this week — jabbing one top TV exec repeatedly in the face with his finger and accusing the networks of offensive negative coverage.
Surging Sanders stormed through the walk-through for the Las Vegas debate, singling out one top producer at the end and aggressively sticking his finger in his face. One shocked witness said, “Bernie marched right up to NBC and MSNBC’s head of creative production and began jabbing his finger right in his face, yelling, ‘Your coverage of my campaign is not fair . . . Your questions tonight are not going to be fair to me.’ ”
Sanders did not hold back as he continued to rant about MSNBC coverage. According to the witness, “The NBC exec told Sanders he would be treated fairly.”
Whether or not Sanders has a point, and he might, this inability to control his temper will not play well for a lot of voters in this country.
We do not want a more liberal version of Donald Trump to face off against him on the debate stage and try to shout him down.
We need somebody who can outmaneuver him intellectually while throwing in a few verbal zingers to get him angry and off balance, all while demonstrating a presidential demeanor.
And that ain’t Bernie Sanders.
Having said that, I am going to vote my heart out for him in November, and I hope you all will too, because we are going to need EVERYBODY.
This is not a drill, we are in a very real, and very dangerous crisis in this country.
We may not get the hero we want, but by Zeus in the end Bernie Sanders may be the hero we need.