For an old Bernie supporter like me, yesterday's Hillary victory in New York was disappointing, though not surprising. It was one she had to win - a loss there would have been catastrophic, a clear signal that her showboat was sinking.
But she won - and won big - breaking a long streak of Sanders' victories in smaller states. (Donald Trump, the "other" New Yorker in the race, handily won the Republican primary.)
In other years with a different field of candidates, this ballot battle in the vote-rich Empire State might have foretold the end of the race for the Democratic nomination, but Sanders appears to be hanging tough and is stating a determination to plod on to the convention. His supporters, many of whom are young and enthusiastic novices to the political process, have worked hard to make their candidate a viable alternative to Clinton's expected nomination, and they deserve to reap the reward of seeing Bernie's name put in nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer. Anything less would be a betrayal of their enthusiasm and valiant efforts.
Assuming that Hillary is not derailed by any surprise scandals and becomes the nominee of the Democratic Party, I will vote for her in November. It would be lunacy not to - or to vote for someone like Trump, Cruz, Kasich, or Ryan - but my vote for Hillary is likely to be the extent of the support that I throw her way. I can't bring myself to send money to someone who has become a multi-millionaire solely as a result of being involved in the American political process. That just does not feel right.
My car bumper and tree-shaded front yard will be used to promote some down-ballot candidates. Missouri has an excellent chance of maintaining a Democratic hold on the governorship by electing our current attorney general, Chris Koster, to that position, and our young secretary of state, Jason Kander (the youngest statewide officeholder in the nation), is giving Senator Ol' Roy Bunt cause for concern as he runs against Blunt for his senate seat. I have already donated to both of these fine Democrats and will again. There is also a top-flight independent candidate running to oust our current Republican state representative - and as there are no Democrats in that race, I am supporting her- enthusiastically!
New York's primary results would have probably been a lot different if Independents had been permitted to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries - as they were in some of the more politically progressive states. Chasing after those Independent votes will likely be very high on Hillary's "to-do" list this fall.
Good luck with that, Hill.