There comes a time in every presidential campaign that finds itself increasingly away from the finish line to reassess their chances. This is precisely what Hillary Clinton had to do eight years ago when then-Senator Barack Obama created an insurmountable lead in the Democratic primary and kept a lock on his superdelegates heading into the convention.
Between now and March 26, voters who are feeling the Bern in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove the pundits wrong by propelling Sanders toward victory in Philadelphia. We need our strongest fighter in the ring this fall. That fighter is Bernie Sanders.
This week, as several more states went to the polls, the nomination contests were further clarified even as the results seem to bring us closer to chaos. A victorious Donald Trump warned that if he were ahead in delegates and yet denied the nomination "you would have riots" at the convention in Cleveland. An RNC spokesman later claimed Trump was "speaking figuratively," but given the violence we've already seen at Trump rallies, that seems unlikely. In fact, on Thursday a report by The Economist listed the possible election of Trump as one of 10 "global risks" ranking equal to "the rising threat of jihadi terrorism" and higher than "Chinese expansionism." Thankfully, Friday was a much needed World Sleep Day, celebrating the power of sleep. It's a cause that's even been embraced by the global management consulting company McKinsey, which has added a sleep specialist to its ranks -- no, that's not an Onion headline -- and recently issued a report entitled "There's A Proven Link Between Effective Leadership And Getting Enough Sleep." It's a good thing, because in this environment, we need all the leadership we can muster.
The basic Republican position isn't that hard to understand. It is: "We are going to deny Barack Obama a third Supreme Court pick, unless Hillary Clinton wins the presidency." That is precisely what some of them believe.
Are we there yet?
Democrats still have a turnout problem.
The choice between Cruz and Trump that now lies before Republican Party insiders is one they have loathed the thought of for months. The problem for the Republican Party is that neither of these two candidates represent the direction they need to take to remain viable on the national stage.
So, today is yet another big voting day in the 2016 presidential election. Five states are voting, and how they vote will definitely help determine who wins the nominations and goes on to run in the general election.