They did so on the weekend before Clinton and the corporate media will declare the Sanders-Clinton race over on the basis of super-delegates' perceived preference, (Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio) (Sommerhauser, Wisconsin State Journal).
Super-delegates are Democrats in Congress and other dead-end Party functionaries, who largely toe the establishment line to curry favor with the financiers and Party minions, (Hughes and Peterson, Wall Street Journal).
Clinton's continuing her impersonation of the comically insincere Selina Meyer of Veep, (HBO), has been consistent over the last year: Hillary Clinton is entitled to the nomination because Clinton has the super-delegates' imprimatur, (Halperin, Epstein, Aug. 28, 2015; (BloombergPolitics)).
There is no need for the Democratic Party presidential primary, Clinton's campaign implied. The unmentioned corollary is that voters could have just stayed home.
This coming Monday or Tuesday, Clinton's sentiments will be joined in a definitive manner by the corporate media who have polled the same super-delegates, and will declare Hillary Clinton as nominee, echoing the Clinton campaign's oft-repeated posture of last winter and spring.
That this scheme is in violation of Party rules is of no relevancy to Clinton.
The only way Hillary Clinton is going to win the nomination is when and if the super-delegates vote for her, and that is not taking place until the end of July [at the Democratic Party Convention]. A lot has been said in the Democratic primary about 'the rules being the rules.' I agree with that.
The rules are that the super-delegates do not count until the convention. Luis Miranda of the DNC made that abundantly clear himself last month.
Anyone who 'calls the election' on June 7th, be it the Clinton campaign or television networks, is knowingly and deliberately going against the very rules of the party, (King, CommonDreams).
Clinton—with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz working for her with virtually the entire Democratic Party establishment—was able to run up the votes in states where Bernie Sanders could not compete. This does not confer any legitimacy to the presidential primary process.
The primary process was crafted for Clinton as the establishment's favored candidate, so this week's declaration by Bernie Sanders he is taking the fight to the floor of the Democratic Party Convention should be met by all reform-minded progressives as a vow to fight a thoroughly dishonest Hillary Clinton and the retrograde forces for whom Clinton fronts.
Clinton will tell the world that there is much more that unites Sanders' voters with Clinton than what divides Sanders' voters with Clinton.
Not if Sanders' voters are working for a change in which they can believe.