Jeff Weaver Has Fighting Words For Bernie Sanders' Detractors — And A New Tactic That Came Out Of Nowhere
Bernie Sanders is in it to win it, and his double-digit loss to Hillary Clinton in New York on Tuesday isn't going to change that. So what would? Sanders' campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, took to MSNBC after results came in to explain his camp's plan to take the race to the convention, come hell or high water. Or a lack of delegates. Even if the senator from Vermont doesn't have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination after the last primary is held on June 14 in D.C., they will push forward by trying to win over superdelegates to tilt things in his favor.
Weaver tried to explain the less-than-democratic game plan as Democrats' best bet to win in November. MSNBC's Steve Kornacki asked Weaver point blank if his team would continue the fight if they lose the popular vote and the delegate count. "We're going to go to the convention," Weaver responded. "It is extremely unlikely that either candidate will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to get to this number. So it is going to be an election determined by the superdelegates."
Weavers openly confirmed that instead of coalescing around Clinton between June and the convention, Sanders' team will be busy convincing superdelegates that he's the winning candidate.
The interview enraged and thrilled folks on Twitter — even celebrities — to the point where "Jeff Weaver" was trending. Rachel Maddow wrote to her followers, "This is amazing." Perez Hilton tweeted, "Direct from his campaign manager Jeff Weaver's mouth! THIS is why @BernieSanders is bad for the Democratic party!! No other Democrat would say something as shocking as this!!"
Throughout the interview, Weaver dodged Kornacki's specific questions about how Sanders would come from behind to win the delegate count. Weaver pointed to California, saying that it had a lot up for grabs. He also said that Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota looked good because Sanders had won the surrounding states.
He blew off Kornacki's assertion that New Jersey demographics are similar to New York's and that Maryland would be tough given the state's high number of black voters. Sanders trails Clinton in Maryland polls, and Pennsylvania's not looking good either, though Weaver said it was competitive. Even California polls put Clinton ahead, and that's the one Weaver pointed to as a possible delegate jackpot.
So go figure. He might know something we don't, but more likely he's just wrong.