Captain America and Iron Man aren’t the only ones in a civil war.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders are ramping up their campaigns against one another, and it’s getting ugly. Despite recent contested elections showing the Democratic nomination is not certain, Clinton continues to assert herself as ‘the voter’s choice‘. After frustrated voters in Nevada were shut out at the state convention, their violence may well be seen as the start of what appears to be a Democratic ‘civil war’.
Although the Democratic establishment members like Senator Harry Reid say that the convention was ‘fair’, future convention rules are being rewritten. Clinton still says she expects Sanders to ‘do his part’ to unify the party and drop out, despite the Sanders campaign expecting a win in New Mexico. If anything, Nevada’s convention has shown that Sanders supporters plan to be heard at whatever cost.
Sanders has fought back as well. While it’s clear that Sanders is a thorn in her side, Hillary Clinton is an exact illustration of establishment the Sanders campaign is fighting against. Dropping out would be against his own goals, and he has vowed to fight in every election, down to the convention.
Calling Clinton the ‘lesser of two evils’, Sanders has essentially ensured that the Democratic primary will be messy. With Sanders supporters increasingly spiteful towards Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Sanders endorsed her primary opponent and some state legislature candidates to continue his crusade. Adding more fuel to the fire, supporters have secured protest permits and plan to cause a stir at the national convention; Sanders has also requested a recount of votes in the Kentucky primary.
Such turmoil between the two presidential candidates has allowed Senate minority leadership to stand up to Clinton by limiting her Vice-Presidential nominee picks. Senator Chuck Schumer, rumored to be the next Senate Minority Leader, hopes to be a peacemaker between the camps.
With the delegate math still against his revolution, Sanders will come back to the Senate as a major player for years to come while threatening the entire convention and starting the ousting of the head of the DNC. Clinton continues to urge Sanders to drop out and play off his growing force. Meanwhile, an increasingly unified Republican party has their nominee polling higher than Clinton in several polls.
The Democratic primary may continue to ‘bern’, but the Republican Party is looking unified for Cleveland and further to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.