Albeit Bernie Sanders had been disingenuous about running as a Democrat to avoid splitting the Democratic vote, it’s time that he stood up and honored the claim. The question is: will he? His use of innuendo to sully Hillary Clinton’s image, as well as his misrepresentation of her position on issues since the day of his announcement of candidacy, and misrepresentation of endorsements and his past positions leave his honesty as questionable as his claim of integrity.
Sanders had his shot at heading a transformative revolution, but it should be clear to him now that he miscalculated the turnout he could solicit. The numbers just are not there. His “revolution” was, in fact, stillborn.
Sanders simply could not raise the seething millions of discontented voters from the left and right. Too few liberal extremists—the self-described anarchists, socialists and assorted other cynics—who rose to the old cynic’s call to arms represented a fringe whom most Democrats could not identify. The delegate count tells the story.
Having done well in the Iowa Caucus, and his home state of Vermont, analysts queried whether he would do as well in states with more representative demographics. With the exception of Michigan, the results of the March 15 primaries answered their question. Clinton swept the states, even those with open primaries—those where Bernie performed best—and decimated him in those with closed primaries. This last fact gives weight to the speculation that cross-over votes were at least largely responsible for the life-long cynic’s win in Michigan.
With the closed primaries yet to come, and the delegate split that can be expected even in states with open primaries, Bernie needs to find God and pray for a miracle if he wants to win. For that matter, his supporters will need to pray that he wins enough that Hillary wins only by virtue of the Superdelegates if they want to continue to grouse about that.
By every indication, Sanders intends to hold on until the bitter end—which brings us back to the revelation about his real reason for running as a Democrat, name recognition. Now that he has that name recognition, can he be trusted not to run as an independent—I would not bet on it. His career has shown him to be a cynic, and his conduct throughout his bid for the Democratic nomination has shown him to be dishonest as well.
If he has enough remaining of the integrity he claims to hold so dear, it is time to acknowledge Hillary’s triumph. Moreover, it is time to confess to the character assassination in which he and his cynical supporters engaged, and endorse her with the same vigor with which he and they tried to sully her name.