While lefties argue about which Democrat is a more effective progressive, Republican exit polls show 75% in favor of Trump’s wall.
Liberals have to not only beat that xenophobic crowd in the election, but also then work with them to find common ground on immigration and all our other polarized issues. The president will be governing one nation of all 330 million people.
Later this year even the campaigners will return to the daily horse trading and compromise that all governments have to exercise to get anything done. Liberals of all stripes will need to rally behind the nominee, then progressive congressional candidates, then the new president, then prepare for mid-terms. Democrats can’t afford to be publicly bickering during the final months of this race or into the new year.
Half the delegates will be nailed down after Super Tuesday, March 1. If Clinton performs as expected (affirmed by her support from 80% of Nevada blacks) she will have a substantial lead that will deflate the narrative that a Sanders revolution is afoot. In this event, he has a choice.
Two camps, already formed, will become very vocal that night. One will point to Sanders’ slow but steady poll gains nationwide and insist that the must fight go on. The other will call for party cohesion and a focus on beating Trump or Rubio or Cruz in the general election.
America would be best served by Sanders using his new fame to help progressives get elected. His fans have been echoing attacks against Hillary that were concocted by Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove before many of them were born. His biggest contribution, after pulling the conversation left, could be to address some of the most egregious misinformation that’s he’s ignored while it works in his favor.
Lest we find ourselves under a president rolling back Obama’s progress from day one, Democrats need to stop fighting and start healing and cooperating. There’s still a big job ahead. Should Bernie Sanders be a decisive underdog in March, he owes it to his country to step aside and give Hillary Clinton his full endorsement.
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