For a little while, it was fine that Bernie Sanders didn’t want to formally withdraw from the presidential race and endorse Hillary Clinton. He’d earned the right to take things at a slow pace, making the right gestures and saying the right things, even if there were a number of what I would call missteps along the way.
But now things are reaching a critical juncture, and Sanders is showing no signs of making a formal endorsement of Clinton any time soon, if ever. And people are noticing, and they’re not at all happy about it.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is still talking like a guy who’s running for president. But frustrated House Democrats — who booed him at one point during a morning meeting — say it’s time to stop.
With the Democratic convention just weeks away, Sanders still hasn’t endorsed one-time rival Hillary Clinton and dodged questions about when he would during a tense meeting Wednesday morning with House Democrats.
“It was frustrating because he’s squandering the movement he built with a self-obsession that was totally on display,” said one senior Democrat.
After delivering his opening remarks — which touched on Sanders’ favorite issues including campaign finance, Wall Street reform and trade — lawmakers inside the meeting pressed Sanders during a tense question-and-answer session on whether he would ultimately endorse Clinton and help foster party unity.
House Democrats including John Garamendi of California and Joyce Beatty of Ohio asked Sanders for specifics on when he would ultimately get behind Clinton — questions that were accompanied by some cheers and clapping from other House Democrats, sources inside the room said.
Sanders didn’t give them a clear answer, according to attendees. Instead, the Vermont senator emphasized that elections are not necessarily about winning, multiple sources said, but about transformations — an answer that was met with some boos from lawmakers, one person inside the room said.
If we’ve reached the point where Bernie Sanders won’t even answer whether he’s going to “ultimately” endorse Hillary Clinton, then Bernie Sanders can take his “transformation” and, well, you know what he can do with it. Because the first rule of elections is to win them. Transformations come later, if at all. And this year, winning is even more of a necessity, seeing as how the GOP has lost its collective mind (or at least what’s left of it after a generation of the prion disease that has devoured the party) and nominated a batshit crazy, racist, misogynistic, ignorant lunatic.
Only my wonderful deranged in its own special way Democratic Party could possibly find a way to lose this particular election. So to Bernie: lead, follow, or so help me, get the fuck out of the way. Remember Chuck Colson’s claim that he’d “run over his grandmother” to get Richard Nixon reelected in 1972? Well, Bern, I know some Young Dems who are definitely young enough to be your grandchild who’d gladly fire up the Prius and give it a go if that’s what it takes. Just sayin’.
The convention is 19 days away. Tick tock, dude.