Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bernie Finally Getting Ready to Endorse Hillary

At this point, he surely can't deny he has something to show the Berners. There's the $15 MW in the party platform, opposition to the death penalty, and now a college plan that Bernie himself has praised.

Yes, he wants opposition to TPP, but at some point even he has to admit he didn't win the election so he's not going to get the same exact platform he would have gotten had he won. Judging by the body language in his interview with Chris Hayes, he seems to get that.

"Bernie Sanders confirmed on Wednesday night that he is in discussions with the Hillary Clinton campaign about a potential endorsement of her candidacy, adding that he anticipates a “coming together” of the two campaigns."

"Appearing on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Sanders was pointedly asked whether mounting reports that he is finally getting ready to endorse his longstanding Democratic primary rival had any validity."

“You’re not denying the report that there are talks about a possible endorsement?” Hayes asked.

Sanders replied: “That’s correct.”

"The statement adds weight to reports that the two candidates may soon be campaigning together as they turn their combined attention to the general election and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. It also coincides with Clinton's adoption on Wednesday of Sanders’ call to lessen the cost of college tuition for all U.S. residents."

“I thank Secretary Clinton for introducing this proposal, which, in my view, if implemented, will have a very profound impact on the future of our country,” Sanders told MSNBC. “This is a pretty good step forward.”

"Despite not yet outright endorsing his Democratic primary rival, he said he expects the two campaigns to increasingly collaborate to defeat Trump."

“We’re working on some other ideas, and I think at the end of the day, there is going to be a coming together, and we’re going to go forward together and not only defeat Trump, but defeat him badly,” Sanders said.

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I do think she's in good shape even without his endorsement-considering how much party unity they already have with President Obama, VP Biden, and Elizabeth Warren, among others.

But an endorsement from Bernie certainly is not a bad thing, and it sounds like he's finally getting there.

As you know if you've read me for any length of time, I've been as negative about Bernie as anyone.

But it may be that this is the best he could have done under the circumstances. There is unquestionably a bunch of Bernie or Busters out there and maybe his slow motion endorsement wins some over now.

After all, he certainly has victories to show in the platform.

He did say on Hayes that a Trump Presidency is a disaster not just for America but for the world. Hopefully this talks sense into some Berners who have been claiming that Trump is 'less interventionist' or whatever.

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