Clinton Wins Nevada Caucuses: Open Thread


    With this win, and with likely big wins for Hillary Clinton in South Carolina next Saturday and in the “Super Tuesday” states on March 1, it’s looking good right now for Clinton (also note that this is a big victory for Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook). On the other hand, Bernie Sanders has plenty of resources – money, enthusiastic supporters, etc. – to continue for a while. And certainly Sanders has helped to change the conversation, the narrative of this campaign, in an overwhelmingly positive way if you ask me. Anyway, feel free to discuss the Nevada caucuses or whatever other 2016 presidential political stuff (including tonight’s South Carolina GOP primary results) you’re interested in.

    UPDATE 7:30 PM: Trump projected by AP, CBS, etc. to win South Carolina. The big questions now are who finishes second and when “JEB” drops out.

    • LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders on Saturday congratulated Hillary Clinton on her victory in Nevada’s closely-contested caucuses and looked ahead to carrying his campaign for the White House to primaries and caucuses across the country.

      “I just spoke to Secretary Clinton and congratulated her on her victory here in Nevada. I am very proud of the campaign we ran. Five weeks ago we were 25 points behind and we ended up in a very close election. And we probably will leave Nevada with a solid share of the delegates,” Sanders said.

      “I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday. I want to thank the people of Nevada for their support that they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward,” Sanders added.

      The close Nevada outcome follows Sanders’ 22-point victory on Feb. 9 in New Hampshire and a virtual tie on Feb. 1 in Iowa. The contest moves next to South Carolina, where Democrats vote on Feb. 27, and then to states across the country.


    • Kindler

      I agree with your take — issues-wise, Sanders’ influence has been positive, although lately some of the warfare between advocates has started getting a little ugly on both sides.

      I’m relieved she won NV and hope this means the beginning of the end of the idea of President Donsld Trump or President Ted Cruz becoming a reality.

      • Yeah, some of the supporters of both candidates have been ridiculous. Let’s just hope that all Dems unite behind whoever the nominee is to stop an extremist/nutjob Republican from winning in November. That would be catastrophic for America and for the planet.

      • Andy Schmookler

        I have worried about the electability issue– especially re Sanders (“socialist”) but also re Clinton (“untrustworthy”).

        I have come to suspect that the question of which candidate is the SAFER choice — in terms of being able to defeat a Republican opponent — may depend on who that opponent is.

        In particular, I think it is possible that if Trump is the Republican nominee, Bernie Sanders might be the stronger Democratic candidate.

        Electability, in other words, may be a more complex issue than is generally thought. Rather than one candidate necessarily being best against ALL, there may be some rock-paper-scissors involved.

        When I was a kid, I was a Detroit Tigers fan. This was in the 1950s, when the Yankees dominated the American League almost every year. The Tigers were generally in the second division.

        But the Tigers had one pitcher — Frank Lary was his name — who had the nickname “the Yankee-killer,” because he defeated them more than any other pitcher in the league.

        I think Bernie Sanders might not do as well against Rubio as Hillary Clinton. But I think he’s got the scissors to cut through Trump’s paper tiger.

    • Video: Hillary Clinton Delivers Victory Speech in Nevada

    • Video: Bernie Sanders concession speech in Nevada

    • Former Virginia LG Bill Bolling:

      The presidential campaign took a dramatic turn tonight when Jeb Bush suspended his campaign following a disappointing finish in South Carolina. Bush did the right thing. Clearly, Marco Rubio is now in the best position to defeat Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and this is the time for mainstream Republicans to rally behind Rubio. As I’ve noted before, once the Rubio, Bush and Kasich vote consolidates behind one candidate, that candidate can win. We need to see that consolidation occur sooner, rather than later. Bush is out, and Kasich should do the same.