First off, if you’re a Republican reading this post, you might’ve already realized that this doesn’t necessarily concern you. Feel free to finish reading, of course, but my message today is intended for all Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents out there who might be thinking about not voting in November if their candidate loses the nomination.
Whoever your preferred candidate is, the math is clear: Bernie Sanders will not become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President. There are still 1246 delegates up for grabs in the primary, but Hillary only needs a little over 200 more to secure the nomination. At this point there’s very little that Sanders can do to stop her from reaching that threshold. He has run a hell of a campaign, though. His message on poverty and income inequality has resonated with millions of people across America, and I think that message is here to stay. No matter what happens with Bernie in the coming months, every Democrat should be grateful to him for starting a much needed conversation in this country: The status quo doesn’t work when most Americans struggle to pay for college and medical bills while the top 1% is in control of a big chunk of the wealth.
Anyone who’s been keeping up with this blog will know that I’m not a big fan of Hillary. The truth is I started to dislike her the moment she announced her run for the nomination, and not because I thought she would make a terrible President. No, I dislike Hillary because it seems to me that power always falls in the hands of the same small set of people. America is the oldest democracy in the world, but somehow it has managed to have two Bushes and (probably) two Clintons as Presidents in just over twenty years (I’m assuming Hillary will win because there is no way Trump or Cruz will. I mean, there’s just no way. Those two guys are pure nutjobs!).
It’s always the folks from the wealthiest families and who go to the best schools that get to run this country, and I’m sick of it. Sanders became so appealing because he represents none of that. He’s just like any of us, and I really wanted to see an average Joe like him in a position of true power. Unfortunately, the country isn’t ready to make way for a new generation of leaders.
Anyway, that’s the end of my rant.
I’m sure a lot of you share my grievances and feel disappointed that Bernie couldn’t break through the wall put up by party elites, but remember this: For the sake of progress, this country desperately needs a Democrat as the next President. And if that Democrat’s name is Hillary Clinton, so be it. Sanders himself said, “on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and President than the Republican candidate on his best day”.
Having said that, I encourage Mrs. Clinton to embrace part, if not all, of Bernie’s message during the presidential campaign. Sanders’ support numbers consistently show that Hillary is not as strong a candidate as many are trying to make us think she is. Clinton desperately needs to widen her appeal, and making Sanders her running mate is her best option.
To all of you liberals and progressives out there: Come November, don’t let your anger and disappointment get the best of you. A united Democratic Party is bound to win this election. The Obama administration has made a lot of progress in important areas like education and healthcare by easing the burden of student debt on college students and by expanding health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Only a Democrat in the White House can guarantee that we continue on that path, the path to progress and opportunities for all. That is why come November, #VoteBlueNoMatterWho.