Bernie Sanders met with Barack Obama today, and despite all of the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the last few weeks, said all the things he ought to have said. And no, for the small band of morally superior Bernie dead-enders who can’t see the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Sanders was not waterboarded:
Senator Bernie Sanders met with President Obama on Thursday and said afterward that he would do everything within his power to stop Donald J. Trump from becoming president — and would work closely with Hillary Clinton to make that happen.
After the meeting with Mr. Obama, which lasted more than an hour, Mr. Sanders gave no indication that he was ready to leave the race just yet, insisting that he would compete in next week’s primary contest here in Washington. However, he made clear that party unity was on his mind.
“I will work as hard as I can, to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States,” Mr. Sanders told reporters, saying the billionaire businessman “makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign” and would be a “disaster” as commander in chief.
Scott Lemieux at Warren Zevon-loving blog Lawyers, Guns and Money adds an important point:
I said this earlier in the week, but Democrats worried about the precise timetable Sanders has for formally conceding the nomination really, really need to calm down. Losing is hard! People are often not at their best when seeing their hopes dashed! Sanders is not a nihilist. He is not a drooling moron cosplaying as an anarchist who thinks that “hard gun-toting anarchist redneck Amy Goodman progressives” are a meaningful category of people. He cares about the many people who will be put at risk by a Trump administration. He will fight to stop that from happening and he will be good at it.
I yield to nobody in my belief that politics can be great theater and great fun, but at the end of the day, it’s a team sport, a serious endeavor with serious consequences, and self-righteous morons who want to feel smug and superior need to get over themselves. Help out or get out.