There's a fun little piece of video being circulated around the political internet right now that features an interview this morning between CNN's Brian Stelter and founder of The Young Turks and three-time international rochambo champ Cenk Uygur. In the clip, Cenk, with characteristic subtlety and nuance, argues that Stelter and other members of the "establishment press" are unfairly tilting the presidential election for Hillary Clinton by counting the Democratic superdelegates in their tallies of who has what. Cenk's desperate-Sanders-fan refrain is that since the superdelegates haven't officially voted yet and won't until the July convention, their pledge to vote for Clinton amounts to exactly nothing. "That is not journalism!" Cenk says about counting the superdelegates among Clinton's delegate total.
Now it doesn't matter that the superdelegates who've pledged to Clinton simply aren't going to suddenly switch their votes over to Bernie Sanders, as that would go against the will of the voters (since Clinton will finish well ahead of Sanders in both votes and, yes, pledged delegates). It also doesn't matter that all the wishful thinking in the world almost certainly isn't going to bring an FBI indictment against Clinton over her personal e-mail server. Cenk and his ilk can hope for that all they want, but since magic fairy dust and generous genie-housing lamps aren't actually a thing, they're going to wind up shit out of luck. In essence, all Cenk is arguing for here is that the political press not state the inevitable, as if that will somehow make it go away. Cenk is demanding that someone reassure him and the Sanders faithful that this thing isn't over, that there's still a chance. He's looking for someone to agree with his delusion -- and he apparently thinks that anyone unwilling to do so is corrupt.
But here's the really entertaining part about this little Cenk/Stelter confrontation: Cenk is being an astonishing hypocrite during the whole damn thing. Like Bernie Sanders himself, Cenk deep down believes the superdelegate system is only fair when its votes are going in the direction of a candidate he approves of. Case in point, not long after the CNN dust-up, Peter Daou of Blue Nation Review began circulating an old piece of video that's a must-see complement to Cenk's indignant rant against Brian Stelter. In the clip, from 2008, Cenk rails on about how obscene it is that Hillary Clinton's campaign, under the leadership of loathsome turd Mark Penn, dismisses the importance of Barack Obama's victories in certain states and, yes, claims that it plans to challenge Obama's claim to superdelegates regardless of who wins the popular vote. He slams outright the notion of a campaign saying it's willing to defy the will of the voters to try to convince superdelegates to jump ship from the winner. About this, Cenk says, "Who doesn't look at that and go, "These are the bad guys; I can't support these guys?'"
Well, apparently Cenk doesn't, now that the shoe's on the other foot. And if you look at the CNN interview and say that Cenk is claiming the superdelegates should only jump ship to Sanders if, say, Clinton is indicted -- which, again, ain't gonna happen -- then let's refer you to a separate clip posted at The Young Turks' YouTube account, from just last month. In it, Cenk and Co. try to argue that the superdelegates should ignore the will of Democratic voters because Sanders is allegedly more likely to win in a general election match-up against Donald Trump. (Another common Sanders fan refrain that's also utter crap.) In the eyes of Cenk, who's apparently more than happy to move goalposts all over the place to suit his own biases, it's suddenly not the choice of millions of Democratic voters that matters anymore, it's the result of notoriously inconclusive polling involving a candidate that hasn't been relentlessly ripped to shreds by the GOP for six months that should determine how the superdelegates vote.
Look, Cenk Uygur is entitled to think whatever the hell he wants. He's even entitled to change his mind, since that happens among evolved creatures. But what he's not entitled to do is be both self-righteous and blatantly hypocritical at the same time. To use his own words, who doesn't look at that kind of thing and go, "These are bad guys; I can't support these guys"?