Beyond his disorderly abandonment of what was advertised as a democratic principle, Bernie Sanders has now validated the role of the superdelegates, no matter whom they ultimately choose.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have fervent supporters who oppose the other, although the fanatics are a minority. Both candidates are historic in their own right. And both candidates represent the kind of energy necessary to grow the Obama coalition.
On national television, Joe Biden went out of his way to correct the record: “Nothing like that ever, ever happened.” Nothing like that – and Maureen Dowd’s column, which set the tone of subsequent sensational coverage in the New York Times and everywhere else, was a lot like that.