Bad News for the Clinton Campaign: Independents Are Allowed to Vote in the General Election

Hillary Clinton continues to dominate in states that hold closed primaries with record-low turnout. Coincidence or fate? We'll let "Correct the Record" decide.

As Clinton widens her lead against Sanders in a primary that has been defined by voter disenfranchisement and various election "gaffes and goofs", it seems prudent to point out that 40% of American voters identify as independents, 60% of whom think Hillary Clinton is unpleasant.

Sanders had a rough night on Tuesday, but the Democratic Party should listen very closely to what the Vermont senator said after his victory in Rhode Island:

I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign's record in that regard.

In the DNC's fairy-tale gumdrop land, independents can be ignored and disenfranchised throughout the primary season, but then they will magically flock to the Presumed Democratic Nominee in November. It must be nice to live in a universe where the moon is made of cheese.

Clinton has a hard enough time with just keeping the blindly faithful Democratic herd in line. As the Boston Globe pointed out, Sanders has considerable appeal with diehard Democrats -- and almost always dominates the independent vote:

Two weeks ago in Wisconsin's open primary, exit polls showed Sanders won independents, 72 percent to 28 percent, fueling his victory there. In New Hampshire's open primary, where Sanders defeated Clinton by 22 points, he was roughly tied with Clinton among registered Democrats but received a big boost from independent voters. In Michigan's open primary, where Sanders upset Clinton last month, exit polls show he dominated among independent voters, 71 percent to 28 percent.

And yet, television pundits and other world-renowned "experts" continue to tell us that Sanders has no popular support, excluding of course hippie-dippy millennials who can't even vote in the primaries because their party affiliations were mysteriously changed two days before the election.

We remember reading on Vox - we won't provide the link, because it's wrong to link to malware - that Bernie is 100% dependent on independent voters. The truth is that Sanders has carved out a significant chunk of Hillary's lockstep Democratic base for himself, while Clinton has made little or no headway among independents.

A serious question for the Clinton-controlled Democratic Party: You guys know that independents -- the huge swath of America that you have consistently sidelined and disenfranchised -- are allowed to vote in the general election, right? Just checking.