Bernie should leave the race

For far too long in this election cycle Democrats (myself included), moderates, and sensible Republicans believed that the Republican establishment would overwhelm Donald Trump. In fact, the dichotomy between establishment and insurgent Republicans is false. It was, after all, John McCain (then a four-term United States Senator) who, by picking the eminently unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate, brought into the mainstream a particularly dangerous and deranged strand of politics. Republicans further stoked fear and anger to send to Congress far too many loud, boisterous, and politically intransigent individuals (often by defeating Republican members who had admirably served the country for long periods of time). It should be remembered that Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul are all part of this loud, boisterous, and politically intransigent group. Tellingly, the establishment is now trying to coalesce around Marco Rubio, who, in 2010, was the anti-establishment Senate candidate in Florida.

Events such as Chris Christie’s odd endorsement of Donald Trump have finally laid bare the fact that the Republican establishment is not the savior we hoped for. With the growing sense of inevitability surrounding Trump’s nomination, it is time for Americans to gear up and roundly defeat him. And that begins with Senator Bernie Sanders bowing out.

To anyone that is looking at the primary calendar and delegate math, it is abundantly clear that Sanders cannot win the nomination. For him to continue will be ruinous to the country.

Allow me to explain: Bernie Sanders’ populist and fantastical campaign is appealing not to the better angels of our nature, but to the same feelings of anger, insecurity, and fear that Donald Trump appeals to. That is not, in any way, to equate Bernie Sanders with Donald Trump. In the current election cycle, it is necessary to note that Sanders has a basic sense of human decency and an understanding of the institutions that make this nation work. And further, let me be completely clear: it is difficult to overstate how important of an issue economic inequality is, and Senator Sanders deserves abundant gratitude not only for bringing the issue to the forefront of this election, but also for fighting for economic justice over the course of his career.

But my point is that Sanders, like Trump, is playing with fire. And to the extent Sanders and Trump supporters overlap, Sanders continuing to campaign will serve only to further stoke these negative emotions.

Thomas B. Edsall cites an NBC/WSJ poll showing 6% of voters would consider voting for either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. That might seem like a small group of people, but considering that elections can be decided by small margins in a handful of states, it is hard to see what good a continued Sanders campaign does.

Sanders exiting the race of course will not erase the concerns surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Just like any campaign, hers is not perfect. But if you listen to Clinton’s speech from Saturday night in South Carolina, you will see that she is now beginning the difficult task of injecting some positivity in this unnecessarily dour and bizarre campaign. These are the themes we need carrying us into the future, not Sanders’ outlandish rhetoric, and certainly not Donald Trump’s bigoted rhetoric.

Tonight is Super Tuesday. I hope, first of all, that Donald Trump Drumpf loses every primary. Beyond that I hope Bernie Sanders leaves the race and endorses Hillary Clinton. If neither of these things happen, I’ll be expanding these arguments over the next few days.

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2 responses to “Bernie should leave the race

  1. Tejas beta,

    I am getting lots of call from Bernie kaka so toady I was planning to vote for Bernie kaka. Let me read and see if it sways to Hilary.

    Dada is going to do Shiva Abhisek as best wishes and blessings for your tomorrow’s exam.

    Love and blessings Dada Mom and Dad Shivambhaiya

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Allow me to offer a couple of the reasons I want Bernie to continue, even though I don’t think he can overcome HRC’s lead. First, I don’t agree that his supporters are motivated by the same things as Trump voters at all. They don’t fear immigrants and refugees, reject taxation in principle, or focus on making government smaller. They don’t assume America has all the answers, and that innovations in health care and other services other countries use are irrelevant. Sanders voters aspire to alter the systemic structure, to improve the entire governmental process, from elections to regulation to use of the courts. The hyperbolic use of the word “revolution” is more about a return to democracy from our current corporate oligarchy.

    Their frustration is not over Obama’s administration having done wrong things as much as not having tried for more. That’s also why they aren’t exactly opposing Clinton, but wish she would express goals that are improvements above status quo. Every time Sanders pushes his message, Clinton has to offer her alternatives, which makes her a better candidate. It’s important to sharpen the contrast between HRC and Trump, because those two are the likely nominees.

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