#VoteBlueNoMatterWho

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.

Food for Thought: Joe Biden and Charles Koch

After a rather long hiatus from the blogosphere, I’m happy to say that I’m back doing what I love, but I won’t waste any time explaining what I’ve been up to. I’ll get right down to business instead.

Today I would like to weigh in on a couple of recent developments from the campaign trail that have been completely disregarded by the mainstream media, and not for lacking in substance. In fact, I’d say these developments would be game-changing if they’d received the attention they deserved. Unfortunately, there were no major headlines about them on the main pages of the Washington Post or TNYT, and for obvious reason. Bringing too much attention to recent comments by vice president Joe Biden and billionaire Charles Koch on the state of the race would’ve done very little to help the Clinton campaign, and that’s all we need to worry about, right?

So what exactly did these two guys say to make me come rushing back to my laptop and write about it? Nothing to make Clinton’s numbers go up in the polls, I assure you.

In a recent interview, Jose Biden praised Bernie Sanders for thinking big and even went on to say, “I don’t think any Democrat’s ever won saying, ‘We can’t think that big — we ought to really downsize here because it’s not realistic.’ C’mon man, this is the Democratic Party! I’m not part of the party that says, ‘Well, we can’t do it.'”.

To anyone who’s been paying attention during this campaign, Biden’s comments sure seem like a direct response to Sanders’ critics, including Hillary, who often question how realistic Bernie’s policy proposals really are. Can we validate Biden’s comments as an endorsement? No, we can’t. If his dismissal had been directed to Clinton’s critics instead, is it likely that the vice president’s words would have become the talk of the week? Yes, no question about it. For the first time in a long time, major media outlets completely ignored comments made by the vice president of the United States. Wanna know how I found out about this? I saw it was trending on Facebook.

As shocking as it is to see the vice president weigh in on the Democratic race like that, he is a Democrat. More shocking would be listening to a well-known supporter of the Republican Party speak favorably about one of the two candidates, specially if he’s a member of the Koch family and his name is Charles Koch.

Famous for funneling millions of dollars into the pockets of GOP candidates, Charles Koch made some comments this weekend which, under normal circumstances, would make waves. Mr. Koch said that “it’s possible” that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be better than any of the Republicans currently in the running. Yes, folks. You heard right. Charles Koch is so fed up by the lack of political competence taking over the Republican field that he’d actually prefer to see Clinton as the next president. I might be misinterpreting his words, but they sure sound like an endorsement to me. And if that endorsement doesn’t materialize in a formal public statement, I bet it will in the form of millions of dollars in campaign donations.

But why are so few people talking about Mr. Koch’s comments? Is it because the media and the Democratic Party’s base both agree that the Koch brothers have immensely contributed to the corruption of the campaign finance system since Citizens United? After years of giving bad press to the Koch brothers, how would the average Democratic voter react if they knew Mr. Koch was willing to rally behind Hillary Clinton in the general election? Well, my guess is they would be fleeing to the Sanders’ camp in flocks. But don’t worry, it’s the media’s job to make sure as few people as possible read about this.

It’s become clear to me that no matter how hard you try or how right you are about the issues, if the system stands up against you there’s very little you can do to change it. Voter registration slip-ups in NY, independents being left out of the process, 99% of the media siding with one candidate, is there even a hint of democracy left in this country?

There’s no doubt in my mind that Clinton will be the Democratic Party’s candidate in November. Sanders’ path to the nomination is simply too steep.

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Things could’ve turned out quite differently, though. Can you imagine what could’ve happened if Sanders’ 30,000-large rallies had been properly covered in the media? Can you imagine what could’ve happened if party leaders at the national, state and local levels had listened to the vice president? Can you imagine what could’ve happened if media outlets like the Washington Post hadn’t spent their precious time releasing an average of ten articles a day discrediting Bernie Sanders?

I know that the Sanders camp no longer stands a chance. The only thing that could really turn the tide is having high-profile Democrats like Barack Obama or Elisabeth Warren come out in full support of Bernie Sanders to get Clinton’s superdelegates to switch sides. An improbable plot, I know. But I can dream, can’t I?