I can’t imagine how Bernie Sanders voters feel today.
If you were a Bernie bro the home stretch of this season had promise. Your man was still fighting even after Donald Trump had clinched and unlike Trump, Hillary had not managed to secure enough bound delegates to win the nomination meaning that the superdelegate who by the rules were completely free regardless of past pronouncements or media statements to vote for whatever nominee they wanted.
Furthermore with the FBI investigation still having over her and polls consistently showing Bernie beating Trump, there was always the chance that the tide at the convention would turn.
There was HOPE!
And more important than hope, as long as Sanders did not concede they had leverage.
As long as the threat of a move to Bernie at the convention existed, Hillary Clinton was forced to entertain progressive choices for VP, to give lip service to your issues. To very publically be a sister to the left.
That leverage ended the moment Sanders left the race and endorsed and the ultimate express of that loss of leverage is the pick of Tim Kaine.
Once Bernie was out the fix was in (and not just in terms of VP with no alternative Democrat as a threat suddenly Bill Clinton was meeting with Lynch, the FBI was crying “careless” but unwilling to enforce the law and suddenly Justice was uninterested.) and you progressives could be tossed under the Clinton bus, and ironically thanks to the Wikileaks disclosures you know that has been the desire from day one.
In one message dated May 5, 2016, with the subject line “No s–t,” the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, plotted how to portray Sanders, who was raised Jewish in Brooklyn, as an atheist.
“It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Marshall wrote, apparently referring to Sanders and upcoming Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.
“Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’’ Marshall asked.
“I think I read he is an atheist.”
“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist.”
The chief executive officer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a single word: “Amen.”
Or to put it another way, Putting aside my own feelings as a Conservative Catholic or opinions on Hillary’s options, do you really believe, dear Bernie fans, that a “pro-life” senator and governor with a religious background and an affinity for the trade deals you despise, a former DNC chair, the ultimate insider, a straight white male, would be the Democrat choice for VS if they actually cared what you think?
You may have have “felt the burn” before but now you really know what it is to be burned
Well there’s always Dr. Jill Stein & the Green Party.
Exit question for Bernie fans: Given these facts how jealous are you of the Never Trump folks. They at least had a champion who was willing to go before the convention and at great risk to his political future not endorse. Who will be your champion at the Democrat Convention?
Update: added DNC quote
I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar
Please consider Subscribing. If less than 1/3 of 1% of our readers subscribed at $10 a month we’d have the 114.5 subscribers needed to our annual goal all year without solicitation.
Plus of course all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.