Berned Out

While you know from previous posts that I like Bernie Sanders. I felt the Bern. The problem is, Bernie has berned out. At this point, even with 100 percent of all other states, Bernie couldn’t get enough delegates to win the nomination. The Democratic nominee must win 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination, but with only 933 delegates up for grabs in the remaining contests, it is impossible for Sanders to get there just by winning contests against Hillary Clinton. Bernie has racked up 1,444 delegates, but its not enough. His only hope would be to convince super delegates to vote for him, which is highly unlikely. With Donald Trump now the only Republican left in the race, Bernie needs to step aside and let Hillary consolidate the Democratic base to defeat Trump.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Hillary Clinton, but honestly do we have another choice. From the perspective of Democratic Party unity, Trump’s march to the nomination is great news: some Sanders’s supporters have made a lot of noise about going “Bernie or bust,” but a poll out from CNN on Wednesday found they prefer Clinton to Trump by an 86-to-10 margin. The CNN poll found less reason to believe Republicans would unify around their nominee. In it, only 70 percent of Republicans who backed another candidate said they would support Trump, while 24 percent of them said they wouldn’t.

Furthermore, Clinton currently has a 13 point lead in polls against Trump. The Democratic Party cannot be divided, we need to consolidate support. While I’m not a huge Hillary fan, there are many who absolutely hate her and would never vote for her, even against Trump. However, some of them won’t vote for Trump either. How many, I’m not sure. People who refuse to vote for Trump or Clinton will either vote for a third party or not vote at all. Both can be dangerous propositions. Hillary has changed a lot since 1992, but Trump is still the blustering buffoon he’s always been. So while Hillary is not my ideal choice, I will stand behind her and vote for her, because I truly believe that Trump would be a disaster. Let’s hope Trump continues to divide the Republican Party. It will make an easier road to the White House for Hillary Clinton.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

3 responses to “Berned Out

  • David

    Realistically, we have a choice between the Republican’s racist, xenophobic, misogynistic boor and the Democrat’s shrill, too slick, too cozy to the oligarchs technocrat at a time when we need a game-changer, like Bernie Sanders. It’s a pity.

    • Joe

      I completely agree. I just keep thinking that if this is all America has to offer then we are in a lot more trouble than we can imagine.

  • Michael

    As a Canadian I understand why Bernie is such a great choice. I have what he is talking about. We have universal health care. Very low tuition fees.(Not free, but very reasonable) All women who have a child are guaranteed a year off with pay from work. The government is currently looking at giving the father 6 moths as well. (They can split the 1 year into 2 six moths, for both parents now. But are looking to allow the mother the full year without splitting.) Minimum wage is 11.25 in Ontario. With a cost of living added each year.
    Hillary is still your best choice in my opinion. She is more realistic, to what can and can’t be done. I hope she can stop him. I have always loved America, as I live just over the river. However, with all the bathroom bills, gay bashing in Dallas, Trump etc…. I pray things work out for you. If not come on over to Canada. We will welcome you all.

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