So why did Bernie not make it? He seemed to be the right candidate, the most level-headed.
He didn't make it because the primaries in the Democratic Party is rigged. Yet you have people on here who laugh at the Republican Party and say that this is not a republic but a democracy.
Bernie Sanders just recently stated that he has gained 45% of the pledged delegates and 7% of the superdelegates and called the whole system rigged as well. The superdelegates are PLEO or Pledged Leaders and Elected Officials. That means that current and prior people in the Senate, Governors, House of Representatives, Congressman, former Presidents, former Vice Presidents etc get to vote for their candidate of choice. I believe there are some 800 superdelegates depending on how many people live/die. So now you have Hillary Clinton (an elite) versus Bernie Sanders (outsider) in a proportional based pledged delegate system with a winner take all superdelegate system. Of course these PLEOs will and forever vote for the insider as opposed to the outsider each and every time. That is not to say that you wont have some superdelegates vote for the outsider. I don't know if this is always true, but I did see that the governor of Hawaii had to step down from her position if she was to vote for Bernie Sanders. That is why the entire system is rigged because no candidate can beat Hillary Clinton if she starts out with 800 delegates out of the necessary 2400 delegates to win the primary and be the democratic nominee. But of course they didn't want to give all of the superdelegates to Hillary right away because then things would look really really rigged. So they dribbled in some superdelegates in the beginning to give her a push so as to ensure she wins the majority of the pledged delegates going forward. Here is the "little" push that I am talking about:
At the very beginning of the race, only two states had voted. Those two states were Iowa and New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders tied Hillary Clinton in Iowa and CRUSHED Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. One would look at that and say that Bernie Sanders must be winning in the delegate count. But this is where your great democracy on the democratic side came into play. Bernie Sanders had 44 delegates (I believe) after those two states while HIllary Clinton had 394 delegates! Pfft some democracy. So now it is my turn to laugh at every single democrat while they have a contested convention that will surely break apart their party. Meanwhile the republicans, who started with seventeen candidates and had a true democracy, elected the outsider Donald Trump. So I will take my "Republic" over your laughable "Democracy" any day.