Rachel Maddow confirms Bernie Sanders “contested convention” threat is a mere fantasy

Now that losing democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders is threatening a “contested” Democratic National Convention as part of his increasingly hyperbolic insistence that he can still somehow win the nomination, he’s receiving pushback from various corners. Tonight MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, whom some have come to view as a fan of Sanders, broke down the math of his new plan, and proceeded to write it off as a mere fantasy.

With Hillary Clinton on a certain path to win more than fifty percent of the total delegates ahead of the convention based on the remaining proportional delegates she’ll pick up alone, she’ll mathematically clinch the nomination in late May or early June. Bernie Sanders and his campaign are making the claim that it won’t count because the superdelegates could theoretically all flip to him at the convention, and therefore he’s going to be able to “contest” the convention. But that’s not how anything works, and now even Maddow – who is often excited by the idea of political dramatics – is writing it off.

Maddow, in an overly skeptical tone, pointed out that Bernie Sanders can’t realistically come close to catching up in the delegate count. She referred to his threat of a contested convention as “fantastical” and then she went on to explain that the word doesn’t have the same definition as “fantastic.” So what’s the definition of fantastical? It’s described in the dictionary as being akin to words like imaginary, groundless, impractical and outlandish.

After writing off the Bernie Sanders contested convention threat as fantasy, Rachel Maddow appeared to be aware that she was telling a portion of her audience something they strongly didn’t want to hear. She quipped “Please send your hatemail to…” before rattling off her own email address. This represents Maddow following up her earlier conclusion last week that Hillary Clinton became the democratic nominee on April 26th after she dominated that day’s voting. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution:

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  1. Gregory Gregg on May 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    The Democratic Party is corrupt. The establishment politicians bow down to the billionaire class. Bernie Sanders has offered the Democratic Party the option of representing the people instead of billionaires.

    They have not only refused that opportunity, but have worked tirelessly to rig this primary for Hillary Clinton. I am so sorry for the ignorant people who do not see that this is a choice between democracy and oligarchy. By giving your consent to the oligarchy, you deny America the opportunity to aggressively deal with climate change. You are permitting the status quo.

    We will watch the acidification of the oceans, the mass extinction of species and unabated global warming. This is your chance, and you are blowing it on politics as usual. Hillary Clinton is a figurehead for the .01% who own you and, because you are misguided, will own your country. Give them your consent, they will never have mine.

    We inherited a democracy. You are pissing it away.

    • JD on May 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

      You are delusional at this point. Your comment is mere emotional babbling of your personal opinion that is not substantiated by any facts at all.

      • Jacob Migdall on May 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        You are the definition of a hypocrite as you gave absolutely no facts to back up your argument while claiming that someone else’s is devoid of facts.

        • Catherine Anne Smith on May 14, 2016 at 6:17 am

          Well, actually, Gregory Greg, WE were not “given a democracy.” WE had to fight for it. When my mother was born, my grandmother could not vote and her mother could not own property, because she was property. So were the Africans who were brought into this country on slave ships. We are still fighting for the right to vote today, in America. And to run for president, in America. Asians in this country were not “given a democracy”–some of them were imprisoned for being Asian. Native Americans were not “given a democracy,” either. There are states, here in America, where most African American men cannot vote because we fill our prisons with them. So, whine away that the system is rigged against the White man who is running against Hillary Clinton, who was born not of the 1%, but in a middle-class household & who has never been a “figure head” or owned by anyone but herself. No one owns Hillary. Her voting record as Senator was nearly identical to the whining man with a chip on his shoulder. Her policies are strictly & solidly Left & always have been.

    • Norris on May 11, 2016 at 4:32 am

      You seem a whining deeply misinformed fantasy Bot. Hillary is anything but a figure head and apparently you are so infected with the hate campaign waged by Bernie Bros that only a good American developed disinfectant could cleanse you enough to get your thinking on some facts and realities. You seem to be operating against your own interests but this is what propaganda infection is like.

      There’s more assumption. Less facts. The need to be perefect has allowed you to overlook Bernie’s shortcomings and evasions and lash out mindlessly against Dem Party and Hillary. If the Party is so rigged why in hell did Bernie choose to play? He is an old Pol who well knows all the rules for decades. Why didn’t he run as an Indie, and BTW where are Mr Pure’s Tax Returns that have been promised but he keeps stalling stalling., but not forth coming which contain MUCH data that would surprise and disgust you.No one has vetted Bernie as they have just hit on Hillary. Trump has not been vetted either. You say rigged sysytem?? The Media has allowed this and you buy it.

      • MJ on June 3, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        No one vetted Bernie Sanders? WTF are you smoking? He’s been in politics for some forty yrs or so. You are confusing vetting with criminal investigations, something HRC is certainly familiar with.

    • geo on May 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Oh no, here we go again. You’re either for Bernie, or you’re for the forces of darkness of the Universe.

    • gman on June 4, 2016 at 4:03 am

      Rachael is now obviously a shill for Hillary
      MSNBC had 6 guests on in the 3 days following the Nevada primary
      all of them, except the one Bernie supporter, said it was violent.

      These were all lies.

      Rachael, Chris Matthews did not correct ANY of them, even after the facts came to light
      that no chairs were thrown, there was no blood,
      and not as much as a fingernail was lost.

      In the earlier part of the race, when Trump had 500 people at a rally, and Bernie had 10,000
      they covered Trump, live, with hardly a mention of Bernie.
      The coverage of Bernie to Hillary had to be 20 to 1

      There was no outrage on the Bernie V Hillary coverage
      because Trump had all the oxygen.

    • Dr. Leonarda Duran Buike on June 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Reality check !! .. I am sorry for Senator Sanders’s supporters, but the truth is that she is winning the popular vote, the pledge delegates and the super delegates.
      I urge you as a Hispanic descended American to come together behind her, to defeat the real enemy Donal Trump so he doesn’t Trump you, the country and the entire world.

  2. carla fitch on May 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    My response is simple I will no longer watch her.

  3. Cheryl on May 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Hillary is the only thoroughly vetted candidate. Hillary is the only one who has released all her tax returns… Why? Because unlike Trump and Sanders, she isn’t hiding anything. She isn’t a liar, like Trump and Sanders. They are both creeps. I can’t even stand to look at either one of them! I’m voting with the only one with a brain… HILLARY CLINTON!!!

    • Eileen Stewart on May 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Ummm… Cheryl, she might just be hiding her Goldman & Sachs transcripts.. I know I’d love to see them. Jane Sanders said they would release all of Bernies tax returns when Hillary releases her transcripts. But she’s not about to do that. And how about those 20,000 missing emails? Sure would like to know “what difference does it make now?” about Benghazi or the white house leaks of security. She’s dishonest and you are a tool.

      • Catherine Anne Smith on May 14, 2016 at 6:02 am

        No, Hillary is not dishonest. There are these things called “fact checkers”–look it up–and they research the stuff candidates have said against things called facts. Guess what? Hillary Clinton is the most honest of all the candidates, past & present. One fact for you–the release of transcripts for paid speeches have NEVER been requested, must less demanded of any presidential candidate. Years of Income Tax Returns, have been, though, & Hillary Clinton has released hers. Neither Bernie nor Donald have released theirs–& yet, it is Hillary you are saying is dishonest, Eileen Stewart. Is this opposite day?

  4. Mary on May 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    There is a difference between speeches and income tax returns. Everyone running for president releases their income tax returns. Jane Sanders is not going to release their income tax returns because of her severance pay when they asked her to resign when she lied on al loan application
    to buy property for Burlington College when she was president. How can you say you have
    $2.6 million dollars in pledged donations but only receive $676,000 She should be arrested for fraud.
    Go to vtdigger.org.

    • Norris on May 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      There’s far more why Bernie’s Tax Returns will NEVER see the light of day. Jane was placed by Bernie to function as head of Vermont branch of Texas Nuclear Waste Commission and pd $5000. WHY? Because Bernie could not get anyone to take the dump from Vermont’s nuclear waste. But the Texas commission transferred this waste to the Sierra Blanca region in Texas where the poorest Hispanics reside and this waste was to be dumped there. Jane’s job was to oversee this transfer. But the Hispanic community resisted enough even as poor as they are by getting help and refusing this Nuclear Dump on their land which is not only a Mexican border area but an earthquake area as well.

      Way to go Jane and Bernie. Forget Sanders Tax Returns. Forget Trump’s Tax Returns.

    • Norris on May 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Jane was fired from Burlington College and received a golden parachute of $200,000.

  5. Billie Mitchell on May 17, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Smart move, Cheryl. Hillary has endured tremendous scrutiny and vetting, while Sanders and Trump won’t even release tax documents. They must be hiding SOMETHING.

  6. Nathan Yuen on May 19, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I love you Rachel but I am disappointed that you put the kibosh on anything negative about Hillary on your show. But no matter how hard you and MSNBC rig the media against Bernie your plan has one YUUUGE flaw. Hillary is deeply flawed as a candidate there is nothing you can do to save her sinking ship. The email indictment will is coming and voters will finally learn the details how the Clintons enriched themselves when she was Secretary of State. History has a way of running over those who stand in its way. I know you are smart enough to see the hand writing on the wall so please step out of the way.

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