Admittedly I’ve always felt that I could classify myself pretty legitimately as a “rebel.” Maybe that natural rebelliousness is what’s making me resist the pressure coming at me from the media — both mainstream and independent — to accept the narrative that Bernie Sanders is done as a candidate. If Sanders himself is going to tell his supporters he’s not quitting until all 50 states have held their primaries or caucuses, I have no problem sticking it out with him as a supporter of his. Why would I? You don’t stop pitching in the third inning, and you don’t give up on a candidate after 15 primaries.
Here are my 5 reasons for not throwing in the towel on Bernie just yet.
#5. There are 35 states yet to hold caucuses
There are 35 states that have still not weighed-in on who the nominee should be. There is no way Bernie will win them all, and he might not win the majority of them. But that’s still way more than half the states that need to put their two cents in. One other thing to keep in mind — Hillary hasn’t done much better in 2016 than she did in 2008. She did pick up Virginia and South Carolina where as Obama won those states in 2008, but she also lost Oklahoma, which she won in 2008, but she also lost Colorado just like she did in ’08. There are definitely a lot of people who want Sanders supporters to see Hillary as inevitable, and she damn-well might be, but folding now would mean to cast aside the importance of all the votes yet to come.
#4. Principles still matter, no matter the delegate count
Put simply, if my candidate hasn’t quit yet, I’m not quitting yet. The things Bernie is fighting for are things I believe in, no matter if he’s leading or trailing in delegates. Politics can change from day to day, and the simple fact is that Bernie has gotten a shit load of money from a lot of small donors and he is principled enough to fight for them no matter what the current delegate count is. Speaking of delegate counts…
#3. Superdelegates can fuck off
I’m not quitting on Bernie yet because I also understand how superdelegates work. Firstly, fuck them. They’re an anti-democratic device used by party elites to lessen the impact of the voice of the people. If that’s not elitist nonsense, I don’t know what is. But more to the point — superdelegates are not set in stone. They can, have, and will change allegiance if a new clear front-runner emerges. So ultimately, they should be ignored. Unless Sanders supporters decide to throw in the towel, in which case, yeah, they might as well hand Hillary the superdelegates now.
#2. Lobbyists and corporate interests won’t give up either
You know who will never stop trying to get their way? The people who have broken our government, that’s who. Do you think lobbyists or corporate America will ever stop trying to erode the regulations we put on them in our own best interests? Of course not. So I’m not giving up on the one fucking candidate who is actually openly campaigning against the status quo when it comes to the level of corruption that has been introduced into our government. It means that much to the country, I think, to not quit in March when the race doesn’t end until August.
#1. Because I goddamned don’t want to
Understand, I know how childish this sounds. But I have a very adult reason behind it. Choosing a president is something you do, what a dozen times or so in your life? If you find yourself in the position to be supporting a candidate you truly believe in, you owe it yourself to hang in there until they quit. Many “unelectable” candidates have gone on to prove the so-called experts wrong, but then many haven’t. But regardless, no one should let go of supporting someone they truly believe in until that candidate is ready themselves to quit, with one exception.
Trump. Fuck Trump. No one should support him, not even his jock strap.