Hillary Hammers Sanders in South Carolina


ClintonNo matter what term you choose–shellacking, walloping, crushing, vanquished or clobbered—Sen. Bernie Sanders took it on the run before he took it on the chin in South Carolina.
Hillary Clinton’s firewall had repelled the Bern, you might say, and set the stage for what promises to be further defeats on Super Tuesday for the insurgent “Democratic socialist.” 
The numbers are numbing for Sanders from the Palmetto State.  With 99 percent of the polls counted, Clinton had a margin of nearly fifty points.  She received 73.5 percent of the Democratic vote with Sanders tallying 26 percent.  She even edged him on the white vote, though he remains the choice of white men in the state.
Exit polls showed that Clinton had defeated Sanders by 84 percent to 15 percent.  This was a larger margin than 2008 when Clinton was beaten by Barack Obama.
In her victory speech, Clinton centered her remarks on battlegrounds beyond South Carolina.  “Tomorrow,” she told a cheering throng in Columbia on Saturday evening, “this campaign goes national.”
Moreover, in a comment aimed directly at Donald Trump, she said, “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again.  America never stopped being great.  But we do need to make America whole again.”
Clinton also alluded to Trump’s single-minded issue of building a wall along the Mexican border to keep immigrants out.  She stressed the need “to tear down the barriers” that prohibit the growth and progress of the nation.
Sanders, on a plane to Minnesota without Wi-Fi, had extended his congratulations to her victory, but said his campaign “was just beginning.” Clearly, he was not talking about the beginning of the end.
But that may arrive much sooner than he thinks, if he takes another devastating blow next week.
The latest polls show that Clinton could very well sweep the southern states next Tuesday.  If the pattern established in South Carolina follows, with the massive turnout of Black voters leading the way, she could build an insurmountable lead, making it virtually impossible for Sanders to catch up.
According to reports, Clinton will pick up 39 of the 53 delegates from South Carolina that adds to her pledged delegates and the more than 500 super-delegates.
About 880 delegate votes are available on Super Tuesday, and Sanders hope to garner at least four of the eleven states, including his home state of Vermont, the only certainty in his campaign for the White House.
Meanwhile, the contest resumes on Tuesday with the two candidates on the trail, and it could be the beginning of the end for Sanders with his final hope looming way out West, though the prospects there are not that bright.