So Sanders is facing normal politics and his supporters - somewhat, it must be said, reflecting the often self-pitying character of the younger generation that are so much a part of his base - are complaining about having to play normal politics. Which "ain't beanbag," as Mr. Dooley famously said.Now that does not mean that games might not be played. There have been rumors that the "superdelegates" at the convention - the elected officials and party leaders who virtually embody the "establishment" may be allowed to vote on the first ballot at the convention. Originally they were limited to second and later ballots if such proved necessary.Were the superdelegates allowed to vote on the first ballot, that would clearly be a case of the party tipping the scales and "cheating" Sanders. However, at this point, that is a hypothetical and to date the odds are that it won't be necessary. As the mainstream of the party consolidates, the Sanders plurality faction is no longer sufficient to get him across the finish line. So the party will not tip the scales as that would gratuitously split the party without impacting the outcome.P. S. One Democrat who is being "screwed" is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. (D-HI) By the pre-established rules, she should have been allowed to participate in this past Sunday's televised debate. However, the party leadership changed the rules - flat out - to exclude her just five days before the event. Strange behavior for a party that purports to be the defender of women and minorities - but that's politics.
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