Clinton winning on delegates. Sanders owning the message.

Clinton winning on delegates. Sanders owning the message. screen capture: Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton

SUPER MINI Tuesday or something, with a lot of delegates on the line. SNL celebrated early by encapsulating the Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

It’s now the party of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton representing the last legacy candidate. Even if Clinton prevails to the nomination, which she’s still on target to do, the party she would lead will not be the same in which she served during the Obama years.

On the Republican side, can Donald Trump win both Florida and Ohio? If he does he’s the nominee, and the price for a dominatrix will go up by 20% in Washington, D.C.

But keep your eye on Ted Cruz, who could hand Trump a surprise or two.

This is the strongest shift inside the Democratic Party about what it stands for in a generation. Whether it sticks has a lot to do with whether politicians mean what they say but activists will never forget.

Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker on the Democrats.

Sanders’s real legacy may be proving to the Democratic Party that the new generation of voters has no affinity for the old Clinton-era politics of moderation. “Sanders is speaking to a rising generation who want both a better and more responsible capitalism and a better and more ethical politics,” Simon Rosenberg said. “Unrigging the system will be a central focus of Democratic politics for years to come—as it should be.”

Sanders is far from ready to admit how narrow his path to victory is, but he is prepared to take credit for shaping the Democratic debate. “When people respond by the millions to your message, then that message is now mainstream,” he said. “That changes political reality. Smart politicians like Hillary Clinton and anybody else have got to move where the action is, and the action is on those issues that I’ve been raising.”

Bernie Sanders has set the new standard for Democrats working to get progressives and liberals to vote for them.

Today’s story begins with Bernie Sanders facing what could be a rough day unless he outperforms and pulls off upsets. Florida polling is showing a big win for Clinton. Missouri is tight but one Missouri reporter on Twitter said St. Louis might hold a surprise, and something is definitely happening in Chicago too. The anti-Rahm vote is fierce, which may help Sanders. He’s also running a great criminal justice ad but HRC’s has terrific ads up too. North Carolina goes to Clinton, who also wins Ohio, right?

Ohio is a much closer affair, where Sanders trails Clinton by only 5 points, 46% to 51%. [CNN]

Democrats should be happy that this primary season has been so rich in substance.

The delegate math advantage remains with Hillary but the activist song Bernie is singing is a tune more and more people are humming. That won’t change when this is over.

The immigration bill, opposed by House Republicans, never became law. But the jobs program amendment was a signature Bernie Sanders move. He is a self-described democratic socialist who has spent a quarter-century in Congress working the side door, tacking on amendments to larger bills to succeed at the margins, generally focused on working-class Americans, income inequality and the environment.

Mr. Sanders is not unlike Tea Party Republicans in his tactics, except his are a decaf version. While he is unlikely to turn against his party on important votes, he is most proud of the things he has tried — unsuccessfully — to block over the years. And he boasts about them constantly on the campaign trail: the Iraq war, the Wall Street bailout and the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

[New York Times]