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.