Eight years ago, I thought that Barack Obama would do a better job than Hillary Clinton as president. This cycle, I felt the same way about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. I thought that he would be less likely than his hawkish opponent to enmesh the U.S. in dumb wars of choice; less likely to violate civil liberties in the name of counterterrorism; less likely to abrogate the public’s ability to know what its government is doing; and less likely to preserve a status quo where the part of the financial sector that creates no value keeps enriching people through regulatory capture.
Voters disagreed with my judgment. On Tuesday, Democrats in my home state, California, became the latest to deliver a primary victory in a large, populous state to Hillary Clinton. She has won millions more votes than her opponent; more states than her opponent; and more pledged delegates then her opponent.
Many in the press have declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, because adding the number of pledged delegates she has won to the number of unpledged “superdelegates” who’ve committed to supporting her at the Democratic convention gives her more than enough votes to secure the nomination. But Bernie Sanders correctly notes that the superdelegates can change their minds right up until the convention. His campaign says that their allegiances may still shift. “Superdelegates have a very important decision to make," Sanders told NBC News.