Remember Hillary Clinton campaigning at her husband’s side in 1992, telling voters, “If you vote for him, you get me”? Better yet, do you remember what she said the following year when the Clinton administration was already coming under fire for ethical lapses: “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president”? We???
Oh yes, I fully believe that art imitates life and that Bill and Hillary were the prototypes for the despicable Frank and Claire Underwood in the popular TV series, House of Cards.
This year is on track to be the world’s hottest on record, exceeding the previous hottest year, 2015, which exceeded the previous hottest year, 2014. For the news media, this campaign offers a teachable moment. If you want to tell the most important story in human history, if you believe that rousing your audience to civic action is part of journalism’s job, you might want to cover the 2016 campaign against the backdrop of brutal climate change, and to frame this election as a choice whose consequences could be irreversibly damaging for the rest of human history.
Superdelegates are not mysterious, hidden figures, manipulating strings behind the scenes: They’re people like Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are established politicians that have to answer to the base if they want a future in the party. Defying a clear victory in the delegate count is a poor way to foster goodwill among ones supporters.