As Bernie Sanders and his enthusiastic followers cling to their hope to survive in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, some of them seem to be veering into self-destructive behavior more associated with the rival Republicans.
The evidence came last weekend in an ugly spectacle in Las Vegas, where Sanders supporters hurled epithets in a state convention melee over allocation of delegates to the July national party convention. Nevada's Democratic state chairwoman, Roberta Lange, claims she also received threats of violence.
Lange insisted she was following party rules in giving the rival Hillary Clinton campaign the majority, in keeping with her winning both the most votes and delegates in the state's February caucuses. She noted that a credentials committee involved in the allocations had equal representation from the Sanders and Clinton camps.
But Sanders accused the Nevada state party leadership of using "its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place." Lange said the Clinton camp had simply out-organized the Sanders team at the weekend event.