When polls close at the end of today's "Acela Primary," it seems more than likely that Hillary Clinton will pick up enough delegates to mathematically eliminate Bernie Sanders from the Democratic primary.
But some pundits are of the opinion that even if Hillary absolutely destroys Bernie in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, the Sanderista revolution will live on in some form to haunt Hillary in the general election. The theory - espoused with more frequency by Bernie himself in recent days - goes that unless Hillary publicly embraces major portions of Bernie's platform, his followers will split the party in two and make it difficult to her to beat Donald Trump the Republican nominee this fall.
During a Town Hall hosted by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night, Hillary commented on this theory. Her response could have been conveyed by holding both her middle fingers in the air while making a fart noise with her mouth, but she instead used, like, actual words.
MADDOW: Senator Sanders has been asked about how this all ends. He seems to be saying now that even if you beat him in the primary it's not necessarily a given that he will implore all of his supporters to go out and work for you. He says that he thinks that they'll support you if basically you adopt some of his platform on the issues that are most important to him. He's specifically talked about Wall Street and some other things in his platform. Does that make sense to you? Is that something you'd be open to? Are there significant enough differences between you on what you'd like to do, for example about Wall Street, about the bridge too far
CLINTON: Well Rachel, let's look where we are right now. I've got 10.4 million votes. I have 2.7 million more folks, real people, showing up to cast their vote, to express their opinion than Senator Sanders. I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates than Senator Obama when I ran against him in 2008 ever had over me. I am winning. And I'm winning because of what I stand for and what I've done and what I stand for.
Essentially, Hillary is saying that it's difficult for her to hear all that liberal whining about her ties to Wall Street over the sounds of this vicious ass-kicking that she's laying on Bernie.
CLINTON: Look, I think we have much more in common and I want to unify the Party, but my Wall Street plan is much more specific than his. We saw that when he couldn't even answer questions in the New York Daily News interview. I have laid out a very clear set of objectives about not just reining in the banks -- because we already have Dodd-Frank…He has yet to join me in going after the shadow banking industry. So there are so many areas where I'm more specific, where I have a track record, where I explain what I will do and I think that's why I have 2.7 million more votes than he does.
According to Hillary, If Bernie and his "revolution" wanted her to take them seriously, they should have talked actual sense and not lost to her so badly.
And just in case that wasn't clear...
CLINTON: Now wait a minute. I have the greatest respect for Senator Sanders. But really, what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn't add up. I have 2.7 million more votes than he has. I have more than 250 more pledged delegates. I'm very proud of the campaign that we have run and the support we have gotten and of course we're gonna work together. I, as I said, I share a lot of the same goals. We are going to work together.
But I am ahead and let's start from that premise when we talk about what happens next, OK?
It took a few months, but it now appears that Hillary Clinton can look Bernie and his army of insurgents in the eyes, count her Goldman Sachs speech money in front of them, channel her inner Kanye West and say "I am your OG and you will respect me as such."