A few things were learned tonight in Michigan and beyond...
1. Forget the polls from now until November. All of them. Even if the great Nate Silver himself says that Hillary has a 99+% chance of winning by a lot, like he said about Michigan, ignore them. Just keep pushing for victory and take nothing for granted. That's the most important thing.
2. Money means something. Sanders has been getting a ton of money and will get a lot more tonight, and that means he can continue to outspend her dramatically in order to try to create more upsets like we saw tonight. So donate. Now.
3. With Hillary's massive landslide in Mississippi, she will leave tonight with more delegates than she came in with...adding to a total amount that Sanders has little hope of catching up with. Or even coming close to catching up with. So she will win this nomination, and she'll do it with delegates. It's just that it might take a little longer.
4. In fact, while the Michigan delegates will likely be split....
5. In 2008, Clinton kept the race going by winning the Ohio and Texas primaries. Tonight, Sanders keeps the race going by barely winning Michigan, losing in a landslide in Mississippi, and falling further behind in delegates than Clinton ever fell against Obama that year. I wouldn't trade this situation with what happened then.Clinton will take 28 delegates out of Mississippi and Sanders will take 1.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 9, 2016
6. This feels like karmic payback for narrowly winning Massachusetts last week.
7. Open primaries suck, and we need to take that into account in the upcoming contests.
Another interesting wrinkle - Clinton beat Sanders by 16 points among Democrats; lost by 42 among independents— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) March 9, 2016
8. Florida is not an open primary...but Ohio is. Good news/bad news. Next Tuesday still looks good... but beware of this wild card.
9. I heard some reports today about Clinton voters switching over to vote in the Republican contest for Kasich (because they thought she had it in the bag) in order to stop Trump. This was...a very bad idea, as Clinton got edged out and Trump won big anyway. Good grief, people. No. Never again!
10. After all this, I need a drink! Not because Clinton is in danger of losing the nomination, but because this race will drag on longer than it needs to. And we really need to unite and beat the Republicans as soon as we can.
Next stop: another debate tomorrow. And hey, that should be fun!