Bernie, your speech at tonight’s Democratic National Convention was what many Democrats had hoped for – a strong endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Yet it was also a missed opportunity.
Yes, it was great to hear you say, “Hillary Clinton must be our next president.” It was good for party unity that you publicly declared, “I am proud to stand with her.”
But you did not personally address your most ardent supporters. You know, those “Bernie or Bust” people who have vowed to sit out the election, vote for Trump or vote Jill Stein’s Green Party.
You needed to personally address your most militant revolutionaries: the ones who now think of you as a sell-out, a fake, and a fraud.
Your diehards needed a “come-to-Jesus” moment, something like this:
“ I want to take time to personally address my most ardent supporters who rightfully are upset and discouraged by the outcome of our primary contest.
Yes, I know you are hurting. I know how hard it is accepting an outcome you didn’t want … after investing so much time, energy and sweat in our cause.
I know some of you do not have the highest regard for our party’s nominee. Many of you have vowed never to vote for her. You have said you’d rather sit out the election or vote for a third party candidate like Jill Stein or even vote for the Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump.
Doing any of those three things will do nothing … nothing but help elect Donald Trump our next president.
It is time for you to put your hurt feelings aside and think of want is best for our country. Donald Trump must not be our next president. I believe you are all smart enough to know the many reasons why.
This will be a close election. The stakes are too high to refuse to participate in the election or cast a protest vote. And on that score, I have two words for you … Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate in the 2000 election. Those protest voters in Florida surely did not know it at the time that they were taking their state away from Al Gore and giving us eight disastrous years of George W. Bush.
The next president will appoint anywhere from one to maybe three Supreme Court justices. We cannot afford to elect a president who has stated his favorite Supreme Court justice is Clarence Thomas! People, these justices are appointed for life. Their decisions will effect generations to come.
So stand with me. Support our party. Support our party’s nominee. Support Hillary Clinton.”
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