Gone are echoes of coronation as Democrats brace for a divisive convention. Despite near certainty of clearing the delegate hurdle, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ greatest political weapon: Being the once underestimated candidate.
Just eight years ago the once presumptive nominee Clinton scraped together victory after victory well into the last primaries, even after the nomination had eluded her. What’s so different this time is that underestimated Sanders was never a presumed anything except maybe socialist gadfly. But as California’s primary looms, no one underestimates Sanders anymore.