It’s settled! Feel the Math! Real Democrats have spoken! Blip-blop-blope Clinton FTW!
All of those are a variation on a theme I have noticed, and I’m sure other Bernie Sanders supporters have noticed it too. The theme? Bernie Sanders needs to quit his presidential campaign right now, before terrible things befall the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton is somehow wronged and robbed of her rightful place as our next President of the United States of America. What Bernie winning in Indiana last night does though is cast quite a bit of doubt on this hand-wringing horse shit.
For starters, what no die-hard, will-call-me-a-paid-Republican-troll-for-this-piece Hillary supporter wants to admit is that Sanders has strung so many wins together now that Clinton’s own math isn’t making her look predestined. That’s because at the very least Sanders has made it a distinct possibility that Hillary herself won’t secure the 2,383 delegates she or Sanders would need to outright claim the nomination before the Dems hold their convention. Undoubtedly, Sanders has a virtually impossible road to that number pre-convention himself, but Hillary Hawks are living in pure denial if they think she’ll simply walk away with it.
Secondly, Sanders’ string of victories is impressive AF. I don’t care what anyone says. Closed primaries, open primaries, whatever. The simple fact is that while Hillary staved off embarrassment a couple weeks ago in New York (thanks in no small part to how easily the Democratic Party in the state could just ignore and shit on independent voters), Connecticut and elsewhere in the northeast, she has also suffered defeats in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Momentum doesn’t win elections, votes do, but even this canard of how many million more votes Clinton has is a bit of a misnomer because she won in population dense states that leaned her way anyway in the south. Let’s see what California does to that number.
Let’s also not ignore current polling that shows Sanders surging all over the place, including West Virginia. So while I won’t be a Sanders supporter trying to blow smoke about how everyone clearly wants Bernie more than Hillary, I will be the Sanders supporter who throws cold water on the notion that the opposite is true as well,because that’s the narrative that so many people are going with, instead of looking truthfully at how divided the left-wing is.

Maybe it’s because everyone is scared of something happening to the Dems that is happening to the GOP as we speak — namely chaos and immolation. Perhaps it’s because neither of the two sides currently fighting it out over control of the Democratic Party’s directions are the bomb throwers that the Tea Party is (Bernie or Bust doesn’t count if you live in a state like mine, for instance). But there is no mistaking an identity crisis and generational shift happening, regardless of who is willing to acknowledge them or not.
So what does Indiana prove? That people calling for Sanders to quit are doing themselves and the many, many people who have yet to have their voice heard a disservice, that’s what. Bernie Sanders had no reason before Indiana to drop out, and he has even fewer reasons to do so now. Hillary didn’t leave the race in ’08 until June. He has at least a few more weeks by that measure, and given that neither candidate will likely have the delegates they need to secure an uncontested convention, it’s time for the hand-wringers to take their meds and let the process happen.
Look, if Sanders ultimately loses in a contested convention environment, as a staunch supporter of his, at least I can rest assured that he was allowed to take his campaign as far as his supporters, who are not that vastly outnumbered — if really at all — as Hillary Hawks would have you believe. That means something to me, and I think it would mean the same to many like me.
You don’t have to agree with our vote, but you should respect it, and letting every single state hold their primary is the very least you can do to show respect to a group of people who helped you elect the first black president, twice.


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