Oh, Bernie. This Hillary supporter wants so much for you to recognize the reality that she will be the Democratic presidential candidate, not you.
And then to work hand-in-hand with Clinton and the Democratic Party to (1) defeat Donald Trump in November, and (2) bring about the progressive policies that you so ably championed during your campaign.
But this tweet by Mark Murray, the senior political editor for NBC News, neatly expresses how your revolution is turning out at the moment:
Not with a bang, but with a whimper
Ouch! Biting, yet true.
A story in today's New York Daily News has a headline with a similar message: "Enough, Bernie, enough: Sanders needs to hang it up."
After decisively losing the nomination of a party that was never his political home, Bernie Sanders is revealing egotism of practically Trumpian proportions.
Sanders insists that he deserves powerful sway over the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, whom he savaged during the campaign as an “unqualified” stooge of Wall Street.
As they say at closing time: Bernie, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.
...Having become the surprise man of the moment because his lifetime of droning about a rigged system came into vogue, Sanders has lost acquaintance with the American political system.
In 2008, Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama by a grand total of 41,622 votes and 127 pledged delegates.
Despite the razor-thin margin, Clinton she did not have the gall to suggest that she could pressure the victor to accept any of her platform. She understood, as everyone should, that the winner’s ideas carry the day.
Obama embraced Clintonian ideas only when he deemed them worthy. He graciously offered her the position of secretary of state. He bent in her direction on health care, building an individual mandate into his eventual plan.
These were choices made of his own free will, not because Clinton insisted that her 18 million votes entitled her to anything.
This time, Sanders pulled in 3.7 million fewer votes than Clinton and far fewer delegates.
The way Sanders is acting now that he has lost the nomination makes me realize that I was correct in not voting for him in the Oregon Democratic primary. Sanders' grand political vision is fine. However, his perception is horribly blurred when it comes to dealing with concrete, practical, realistic policy decisions.
Bernie doesn't seem to realize that he has lost, and Hillary has won.
The loser of a presidential primary doesn't get to decide what the party platform is, determine who chairs the Democratic National Committee, or get their way on Democratic Party election reforms.
Sanders is entitled to work for these things. But he doesn't get to demand them. Sanders needs to congratulate Clinton on her victory, then get to work campaigning for her and fighting against Trump.
Unfortunately, today much of his focus was on those Democratic Party reforms (some of what he wants is problematic, such as allowing Independents and Republicans to vote in open Democratic primaries), rather than on conceding defeat and endorsing Clinton.
If Sanders keeps up his Whining Game, he risks alienating the clear majority of Democratic Party primary voters who preferred Clinton's political views. It's amazing that a guy who lost the presidential primary, big time, somehow feels that his positions have to be adopted by the person who defeated him.
Be a good loser, Bernie. Then join with Clinton in bringing about the progressive revolution that both of you want.