KCRA – California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he will be casting his vote for Hillary Clinton in the June primary.
“I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump,” Brown said in a released statement.
Although Brown is supporting the Democratic front-runner candidate, Brown also acknowledged how well Bernie Sanders has done with his campaign.
“(I) am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done,” Brown said. “He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.”
However, Brown argued that Clinton has made the case that she knows how to “get things done” and has the ability and skill to advance the Democratic agenda.
Brown concluded the statement by saying, “Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump.”
Not very surprising here. Hillary crushed Bernie in the endorsement game. And as the nomination is basically hers, it would have been foolish for the governor of the most economically important state in the country to not endorse his party’s front runner. This does put a dent in the Sanders campaign, however. Although the math is certainly not in his favor – and Clinton will essentially clinch the nomination on June 7th – winning the primary in California would have been made easier if he got the backing of the governor. Winning California, considered one of the most liberal states in the country, would have given Bernie an argument as towards why he deserves to be the party’s nominee come July.
Counting both pledged and superdelegates, Hillary will be the likely nominee in a week. Of course, as Sanders will argue, superdelegates aren’t committed and may flip their vote at any point. It would be a hard task to convince hundreds of superdelegates to switch their allegiance from Hillary to Bernie, but winning California would be a pretty strong argument. Coupled with Hillary’s terrible favorability numbers (which, in any non-Trump year would be historic in their own right), Sanders will present the argument at the convention that given Hillary’s scandals and worse polling against Trump in comparison to himself versus Trump, and his positive favorability rating, he would be the stronger candidate to take on Donald Trump.
Will that argument work? I doubt it – it would be political suicide to go against the Clinton machine and bar her from a nomination. It’s one thing for her to lose the nomination by the wishes of the voters with regards to Obama, but it would be another thing for her to be ahead of Sanders by millions of votes and lose the nomination. Unless the FBI recommends an indictment for her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, Hillary will be the nominee of the party. Even then, it’s not a guarantee that Bernie would even be the nominee. The leaders of the DNC could decide to run someone else – you always see Vice President Joe Biden’s name being floated around, but I could also see someone like Elizabeth Warren being thrown into the ring, or another progressive champion like Sherrod Brown (a name that’s been suggested as a possible Hillary VP pick as well). This, of course, would alienate Sanders supporters and would likely hand the presidency over to the Republicans by dividing the party. But in this scenario, Hillary would have been indicted anyways, and I cannot fathom the Democrats pulling off a victory in any case. Even if the 22nd Amendment was repealed and they ran Obama for a third term, I couldn’t see him winning (though he does have a positive favorability rating as of now). Hillary will be the nominee for the Democrats barring indictment.Follow @ShaneRider31