A potential Sanders-Trump matchup seemed like the unlikeliest scenario at the start of the primary season, but with Hillary Clinton struggling to hit the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination and Donald Trump the only player left in the GOP field, it remains a viable possibility.
While Clinton is still the frontrunner, Bernie Sanders held onto hope this week as he secured a victory in West Virginia.
If Bernie can sway enough of Hillary’s superdelegates, then it is possible that he could pick up the win in a contested convention.
If it comes to that and Hillary cannot secure the knockout blow through the voting primaries, then it’s very possible, if not probable, that superdelegate support could break in favor of Bernie, thus forcing a Sanders-Trump race. Here’s why.
1. Hillary Clinton’s baggage isn’t going anywhere.
Clinton suffered through a bad week, first losing the West Virginia primary and thus allowing Sanders to stay in the race, and then having her “security inquiry” line refuted by the head of the FBI, who confirmed that what the feds are now undertaking is a full-fledged investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State.
Add to that the fact that one of her top aide’s emails were missing completely, and he has since been granted immunity for his assistance in the investigation.
Also, Fox News reports that Clinton aide Cheryl Mills walked out of an interview with the Bureau when she wasn’t prepared for their line of questioning.
Next, the Donald launched his first attack against Hillary this week, and it was a doozy with him featuring a few family members of the Benghazi victims confirming that Clinton had lied to them about the cause of the attacks.
Finally, Trump pulled to even with Clinton in a Quinnipiac poll. All of this adds up to make a Sanders-Trump matchup appear more winnable for Democrats, a fact that won’t be lost on some superdelegates.
2. Sanders-Trump would keep Democrats away from a humiliating indictment.
While ABC News has repeatedly reported that “sources” say there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the FBI’s investigation, here are the facts.
FBI Director James Comey is personally involved in the investigation. His comments have already been contradictory to Clinton’s, and with his personal involvement and the FBI’s refusal to release any insight into its findings at this point, a “source” with that type of knowledge would be highly questionable and, more likely, completely worthless.
Translation: no one knows anything about this investigation until the FBI allows it to be known. The fact that there is an investigation to begin with does not bode well for Clinton. At worst, it implies criminal wrongdoing; at best, it implies incompetence unbecoming of a president of the United States.
If the Democratic Party allows her to secure the nomination, it would be a big risk for an indictment, and having your candidate indicted is about as humiliating as elections get.
(Second only to losing an election to Donald Trump.)
3. Sanders-Trump polling is not lost on Democrats.
The poll aggregator site Real Clear Politics has consistently shown that Bernie Sanders performs better than Hillary Clinton in head-to-head match-ups against the Republican field, especially Donald Trump.
Taking these into account, superdelegates fearful of an indictment or a PR nightmare associated with Clinton’s failure to secure the nomination outright would be remiss if they didn’t consider switching allegiance.
But what do you think, readers?
Is it time for the Democratic party to get behind a Sanders-Trump matchup this November? Do you think Bernie can beat the Donald? Sound off in the comments section below.