[UPDATE by the proprietor of this fine establishment: just to be clear, I personally take full credit for Sanders’ decision to finally endorse Clinton. I wrote about the need for Sanders to stop screwing around yesterday, and today Sanders endorses. Post hoc ergo procter hoc, baby. Translated: the world revolves around meeeeee! Glad we cleared that up.]
At long last, the moment has finally arrived.
After a long, protracted primary battle, weeks of refusing to officially concede, and promising to take his fight to the convention later this month, Bernie Sanders is expected to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States next Tuesday at a campaign event in New Hampshire, according to The New York Times.
In the Times report, talks between the campaigns have been ongoing for three weeks, with Sanders winning some significant concessions. He has five representatives on the party’s platform committee, which has included a $15 per hour minimum wage, indexed to inflation and language supporting a modern day Glass Stegal to further regulate Wall Street Banks.
Clinton has also moved to Sanders on some policy issues, including her support for free college tuition at public, in-state colleges for families making less than $125,000 per year; a plan Sanders praised yesterday.
For many Democrats, myself included, Sanders has been a little frustrating since the primaries ended last month. The frustrations among many of his Democratic colleagues in Congress intensified over the last week, culminating in some Congressional Democrats booing Sanders in a Q&A session yesterday afternoon.
There were some moments of doubt, but I have said for a while that Sanders would eventually reach this point. And he finally has.
For better or worse, he fought for every last concession he could get before doing so; something that shouldn’t have come as a surprise as he did something similar during the Obamacare debate back in 2009/ 2010. This is just the way Sanders is.
In recent weeks, Clinton has received the endorsement of President Obama, has campaigned in Ohio with Elizabeth Warren, and has seen a sizable chunk of Sanders supporters fall in line behind her in recent polling. So Sanders’ endorsement will not pack the same punch it would have two weeks ago.
That being said, it is still important. The last thing Democrats wanted to see was a tense floor fight at their convention in three weeks over the party platform. A Sanders endorsement likely prevents this from happening. Endorsing Clinton will likely convince a number of Sanders holdouts to finally rally around her, giving her another bump in the polls.
Some Bernie holdouts will never come around, but the last real piece of the party unity puzzle is apparently in place. On the heels of her email controversy, this, along with her opponent still contending with a very divided party, a Sanders endorsement is very welcome news for the Clinton camp and Democrats alike.