- Bernie Sanders is still a long shot to win the nomination, but his continued strength has put a spotlight on Hillary Clinton’s vulnerabilities.
- Mr. Sanders reaffirmed his intention to stay in the race on Tuesday.
I'm prepared for at least 300 pieces in Politico and Slate before June 7th saying that it's "impossible" for Bernie to win the nomination, that his staying in the race is "selfish," "destructive to the country," or maybe even a plot to get Trump elected. No matter how many times he denounces Trump and his fell brand of politics from the podium, Bernie will be accused of crimes against liberalism. This is to be expected when the affluent people who pay for media advertising are afraid of talking about ways to improve the quality of life for most Americans, and prefer to work liberal readers and viewers into a lather over "the enemy from within" -- always a good marketing hook.
It cannot be mathematically impossible for Sanders to take the nomination before June 7th and the California primary. Clinton's lead is not big enough to insulate her from a possible (though very unlikely) sweep of California's 475 pledged delegates by Sanders. Even if she swept all of Puerto Rico's 60 pledged delegates on June 5th, her lead would be less than 400 delegates.