With the Republican fight all but finished, everyone is watching the showdown between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Enmity between the two is at an all-time high, with Sanders supporters resorting to violence in Nevada and a Hillary supporter arrested and charged with battery against two Sanders’ voters.
Fueling this Democratic civil war is the prospect of a Trump victory on the right. “A fractured Democratic party threatens Clinton’s chances against Trump,” reports the Washington Post.
It has been a tough fight for socialist underdog Bernie Sanders, who still lags behind his rival with 42 points to her 56 – not to mention the insurmountable lead Hillary has in regards to pledged convention delegates. “Sanders – not just his supporters, not even just his surrogates, but the candidate himself – has a problem both in facing reality and in admitting mistakes,” writes Paul Krugman.
“I admire Bernie Sanders,” says Senate Minority Leader Harry Red (D-NV). “I appreciate the direction that he’s helped push us as Democrats. I have a lot of positive things to say about Senator Sanders. But again, I believe that people around him need to be more positive about what his contribution can be and should be.”
“I think he has the ability now to be a voice in what’s going on in the country, and especially when – he’s coming back to the senate, and I think that he has the ability to be a tremendously more powerful senator in our caucus than he was. He was no patsy to begin with, but he can be something much more than what he was.”
Bernie remains defiant and has no plans to bow out before the convention. He took the fight up another notch this weekend when he accused the Democratic establishment of attempting to preemptively anoint Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee.
He announced on ABC that the American people should not have to choose between “the lesser of two evils” come November. The Vermont Senator has also denounced DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and has officially endorsed Tim Canova, a law professor who will be challenging her in August.
“Do I think she [Schultz] is the kind of chair that the Democratic Party needs? No, I don’t,” Sanders told CBS. “Frankly, what the Democratic Party is about is running around to rich people’s homes and raising obscene sums of money from wealthy people. What we need to do is to say to working-class people – we are on your side.”
This defiant stance worries those anxious to see Hillary claim the nomination. The popularity vote remains tight, with recent polls showing Trump in the lead against Hillary by a mere 2 points. That same poll showed Hillary in the lead with 9 points just a few weeks ago.
While Sanders has refused to step down and let the party rally behind Clinton, he has promised to remain influential within the Democratic Party even if he is not chosen as the nominee. If Hillary does not alter her views on Wall Street and income equality, says Bernie, “she’s going to have her problems.” Clinton told NBC that she would be more than happy to talk with Bernie about his policy demands “when he’s ready to talk.”
Is this Bernie’s way of negotiating? Perhaps he seeks a spot in the potential Clinton Administration.
We believe he will bring his supporters to bear for Hillary, ONLY after concessions are made and his mark is on Hillary’s platform. Even in loss, he needs to declare victory to his vast numbers of supporters. He is 74 years old, he won’t have another chance, this will be his legacy.
Hillary, on the other hand, already considers herself the “de facto” nominee and is concentrating most of her attention on defeating Donald Trump. Perhaps Bernie will not get his way.