Sanders to endorse Clinton on Tuesday

POLITICO Tiger Beat on The Potomac reports, Sanders to join Clinton for New Hampshire rally on Tuesday (spoiler alert: endorsement):

Screenshot from 2016-02-11 12:39:46Bernie Sanders will join Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for a rally in New Hampshire, Clinton’s campaign announced Monday.

Sanders will campaign with Clinton at a high school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, less than two weeks before the party’s convention begins in Philadelphia.

The Vermont senator’s campaign announced his participation minutes after the Clinton team’s email hit inboxes, with both announcements sharing the same language that the two former primary rivals will “discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”

The joint appearance comes after the Vermont senator scored several victories on the Democratic platform over the weekend in Orlando, Florida.

UPDATE: The Congressional Progressive Caucus political action committee endorsed Clinton this morning.

And cue the crazy in three, two, one … Bernie Sanders Is About To Endorse Hillary Clinton, So of Course He’s Now an Enemy of the #BernieOrBust Crowd (by Chez Panzienza):

I’ve written a hell of a lot about Bernie Sanders this election season. But the very first thing I wrote about him was ten long months ago and it had to do with what anyone who pays close attention to politics would have understood was a certainty about his campaign: that if he in fact won, his fanatical base would quickly turn against him. The reason? Because running for government is different than actually governing, with the latter requiring little things like nuance and compromise, qualities Sanders’s most ardent supporters consider anathema to their mission statement. Sanders would have a choice as president: be a strident ideologue and get absolutely nothing done as he faced down an obstructionist Congress, or be willing to bend and see himself burned in effigy and declared an “enemy of the revolution” by the very people who used to worship him.

Well, as I said from the very beginning, Bernie Sanders isn’t going to win the presidency. He isn’t even going to win the nomination. But that doesn’t mean those rabid “Berniecrat” disciples won’t get the chance to fulfill their political destiny. Because it looks very much like this coming week will see the endorsement of Clinton by Sanders — and the mere thought of that is already opening up the floodgates and unleashing the vengeful wrath of the Sanders faithful upon Sanders himself. The good folks at Forward Progressives have done the heavy lifting for us, compiling a giant pile of bitter, angry commentary from Sanders’s Facebook page, all from the juvenile #BernieOrBust and #NeverHillary hashtag warriors and all aimed, for a change, directly at their former object of exaltation. To put it simply, Bernie Sanders is now, in their eyes, an establishment shill, a traitor, a neo-liberal — you know, all those things any and every supporter of Hillary Clinton have been castigated as over most of the past year. (Cue the chants of “One of us! One of us!“)

[I am not going to post the crazy Facebook comments here. You have seen similar posted in the comments to this blog.]

According to Forward Progressives — and you can go look for yourself if you feel so inclined — there are literally dozens and dozens more of these kinds of comments on Sanders’s Facebook page. All because Bernie Sanders turned out to be a relatively rational politician who understands that getting a good portion of what he wants via a Clinton presidency is a hell of a lot better than getting nothing and watching the world burn under Donald Trump. Because he’s not a magical progressive unicorn who’d sooner kneel on the steps of the Capitol and ritually self-immolate rather than compromise with the dreaded establishment for the greater good, he’s now the enemy of the very people who made him a God. The dream dies hard, doesn’t it?

The thing to remember here is that the #BernieOrBust crowd always represented only a handful of people when compared with the electorate entire. They’re loud and obnoxious online but despite their incessant whining about how desperately they need to be “won over” by Clinton and her allies, they were never going to make a difference come election day anyway.

Hell, a good portion of them never showed up for Sanders at the primaries in the first place so it was always a guarantee they’d be sitting out the general vote unless a giant carrot on a stick compelled them to get off their dead asses. They may still be making noise but the reality is that, according to a new Pew poll, 85% of Sanders supporters have stated that they’ll vote for Clinton in November. That’s far more than the number of Clinton supporters who moved over to Obama in 2008. Most Sanders supporters may not love Clinton, but they’re not legitimately insane.

Either way, I’ve said it before but it apparently bears repeating: None of this matters anyway because it’s all over. Sanders lost. Clinton won. And now Sanders is (hopefully) going to do what he should have done weeks ago: concede and endorse his opponent. The Democrats will unite in the name of stomping Donald Trump’s dick in the dirt and hopefully that outcome is exactly the one we’ll see. As for the #BernieOrBust kids? Well, rather than actually trying to effect change on a smaller scale across the country — and minus a single, unifying messianic figure — they’ll go back to doing whatever it was they did before they suddenly developed an obsession with national politics.

It’s time to grow up, get over it, and get a life. Put on your big boy or big girl pants and get to work on winning this election.

6 responses to “Sanders to endorse Clinton on Tuesday

  1. It’s funny how we say what’s expedient without even realizing we’re doing so.

    A week or so ago I read from my colleague how platforms were essentially meaningless.

    But now endorsements seemingly to him are huge events.

    Except they’re not. To view an endorsement as meaningful is to say you want someone to tell you how to vote. That’s absurd. And it’s irresponsible. You’re supposed to think for yourself, not have others do your thinking for you. I supported Sanders’ candidacy, but I never agreed to take instructions from him. He has his own reasons for supporting Clinton, such as his position in the Senate come January.

    So, today, Bernie Sanders likely will do what he has to do. In my life, it’s a non-event.

    To me, having “my big boy pants on” means thinking for myself, not taking cues from politicians.

    • I can’t imagine that Bernie Sander’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton will make much of a splash in mainstream media. After all, nothing else he has done (such as his speeches that attracted thousands of people in major cities across America) has attracted any positive attention of MSM, so why should this?

      Bernie Sanders is doing what he believed he had to do to at least document a more progressive yet non-binding Democratic platform. I’m still waiting for the universal healthcare that Bill Clinton promised in 1992, so I haven’t been overly excited about anything in the “platform.”

      I voted for Bernie Sanders and supported him because I agree with much of what he has said throughout this campaign. But his endorsement of Hillary Clinton is neither here nor there for me personally. The fact that it is now her or Trump should horrify all of us, yet it doesn’t.

      The Democrats have made 2016 all about satisfying the political ambitions of one woman, their party royalty, the wife of their beloved ex-president who should have ridden off into the sunset a long time ago. But here they are, and there is no goal other than to launch Hillary’s size 16 rear end through the
      “glass ceiling.”

      Should we be rejoicing? This nation is getting ready to explode (again) with four centuries of racial injustice behind it and there is no worse time for a president who is totally and completely unqualified to deal with this, who doesn’t even understand what is happening, who has lived in a super privileged bubble world for most of her life.

      And that is just one example.

      I suspect that those who are not enamored of the Democratic presumptive nominee will have hundreds of opportunities to say “I told you so” but, somehow I do not believe anyone can take comfort in that. We live in serious times.

  2. For Sure Not Tom

    My first political involvement was in high school in the late 1970’s, I went door to door in San Jose California to defeat a proposition on nuclear power.

    My first letter, via snail mail, handwritten, to a US Senator was in the early 1990’s, to Diane Feinstein, telling her to oppose NAFTA.

    Since moving to Arizona I’ve had fun exchanges via email with my local and state reps. I try to explain to them politely that they’re tea bagging idiots. It doesn’t work, but I try.

    You’d be surprised at who answers their email.

    I’ve met with ADOT and my city councilman. Didn’t go well either time.

    In 2011 I spent what time I could downtown with the Occupy Phoenix folks. I donated, and supported them in other ways.

    I gave money to Sanders. I sent in my early ballot. I showed up.

    I think I may send some coin to Paul Penzone, because Joe Arpaio is scum.

    I know there are people here who are way more involved than I, but I didn’t suddenly develop an obsession with national politics.

    Most of us have just been fans of Sanders for his appearances on Thom Hartman’s program all these years.

    We put on our big boy pants and went after the neo-liberal Clinton machine and the DNC, and we dragged them back toward FDR style policies.

    We didn’t get everything we wanted, but that’s not the same as losing.

    And please, take a moment to recall the millions of Hillary supporters who in 2008 said they’d never vote for Obama.

    • I think the Thom Hartman Air America weekly radio interviews with Bernie Sanders were somewhat unique in American politics. Thom and Bernie would spend an hour, unless a vote called in Congress, to discuss a variety of current issues.
      Most politicians hardly ever speak on the record. They have scripted stump speeches at fundraisers, or they might talk every once in awhile with local reporters.
      The freeform conservations between Thom and Bernie were a pleasure to hear. And they proved to be great prep for the arduous presidential campaign.

  3. captain*arizona

    how many sanders supporters will hold their nose and follow?

  4. Sanda Schuldmann

    A day of mourning for the United States