Delegates wave anti-Hillary Clinton signs while Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the Democratic National Convention.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 12:24 AM
The embittered Bernie Sanders brigades who interrupted speeches throughout the first day and night of the Democratic convention, chanting for their man and booing every mention of the nominee, as though it were Purim and Hillary Clinton the evil Haman, are dangerously delusional.
You should respect their vote and passion; you shouldn’t respect their rude outbursts. Those who couldn’t contain themselves proved not to be proud progressives but petulant children who risk helping to elect Donald Trump, a massive threat to almost everything they claim to believe in.
They even tried to shout down Elizabeth Warren with a “we trusted you!” chant, as though Warren had sold her soul by choosing to support a left-of-center candidate who’s moved further left over the course of this primary campaign.
Was Clinton the clear favorite of the Democratic National Committee from the get-go, as revealed in leaked documents? Certainly. But she won the primaries by 3.7 million more votes and more earned delegates, not to mention super delegates. Ask Trump: The support of the party establishment isn’t nearly enough. You need to win over real voters, and Clinton did.
Sanders sycophants can’t swallow that, and they aren’t willing to accept that Clinton stands for, and would actually advance – probably more effectively than their man would – most of what they say they believe. She’s for immigration reform, a higher minimum wage, health care for all, real environmental protection, criminal justice reform, more affordable college, better infrastructure, strong bank regulation (yep, believe it), tougher trade rules and on down the list.
She’s more pragmatist than poet, but that’s what politics often calls for: a rough-and-tumble recognition of reality, of how you get from A to Z through all the letters in between. Especially when the alternative is a man who wants mass deportations, a ban on Muslim tourists and immigrants, massive and unpaid-for tax cuts skewed toward the rich, eviscerating crucial bank regulation law and resurrecting waterboarding and “much worse.”
Bernie Sanders delivers remarks in the Wells Fargo Center on the first day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
All the Bernie-ites can see in this woman – who’s stiff on the stump and, yes, true, fine, has made some big mistakes in her life – is a craven creature of the establishment. Bunk.
When Sanders finally did speak, after the speech of the night and perhaps her life by Michelle Obama, he delivered, in typical blunt staccato style, an impassioned and ungrudging statement of principles that transitioned into a strong defense of Clinton’s leadership – and an evisceration of Trump.
For offering bombast and division. For refusing to wage the minimum wage. For proposing “huge tax breaks for billionaires,” for planning to pick Antonin Scalia clones to the Supreme Court. Against action on climate change.
Then came a litany. Few memorable turns of phrase, but reason after reason why those who sided with him should stand with her.
Even his supporters, many of them visibly wistful about what might have been, had to cheer. If not for the candidate, for the causes. The day after and the day after and the day after that, and on Nov. 8, will they listen to Bernie’s words or continue their long pout?