The primary results from March 5, 2016 have left a number of pundits scratching their heads. But they all seem to agree on this: Senator Marco Rubio was the biggest loser. The Washington Post's James Hohmann declared, "Rubio collapsing" and another headline in the same journal proclaims that "Rubio withers." Interestingly Hohmann also thinks that Donald Trump is "stoppable" and that Senator Ted Cruz is gaining momentum.
Last week, Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain both publicly endorsed "anyone but Trump" but the grassroots/tea partiers are having none of it.
Here's how their delegate count stands as of this morning:
Trump has won 382 delegates, Cruz 300, and Rubio 128.
Meanwhile, Democrats are smiling: Hillary Clinton won big in Louisiana but Bernie Sanders was victorious in Kansas and Nebraska. We have two stellar candidates, both of whom demonstrate gravitas and presidential decorum.
While the Republicans amp up their civil war, Democrats must amp up our capacity for basic civility. There are far too many tweets and Facebook posts on both sides declaring that if the "other person wins the nomination, I won't vote." We should know better than that. And we should behave better than that. Our candidates do. So let's not quarrel.
Right now, Hillary Clinton has won 663 pledged delegates and Bernie Sanders has acquired 459 — with plenty of states left to significantly tighten the race. There aren't many polls of Wisconsin voters yet, but the race appears close with Sanders edging Clinton right now. Each of us should join the fray and work for the candidate of our choice in the 30 days remaining before our April 5 primary. And each of us should make sure to encourage as many people as possible to vote in that primary and all the down ballot, nonpartisan races to be decided that day.
But in the end, I pledge to work hard for our nominee and to vote to keep the White House in Democratic hands. And so should you. Now is the time for all good Democrats to come to the aid of our party!