Let’s agree that a Donald Trump presidency is a very scary prospect and that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would be a much better choice. Right now, Trump looks like easy pickins’ for either Democrat.
But now is not November. One cannot rule out that as Trump collects campaign experts who might corral some of his worst traits, Republicans surrender all principles in favor of party loyalty, and Americans exercise their constitutional right to short term memory loss, the GOP “standard bearer” will become more palatable to larger numbers of voters. Politico this week published a sardonic assessment of “The 12 Signs that Trump Will Win the White House” that, while improbable, recognizes the fluid process of an American presidential election.
Clintonistas are not containing their anger at Bernie Sanders and his supporters for continuing what they call a fruitless campaign for the Democratic nomination. Although expressing confidence that Sec. Clinton will wipe out Republican Donald Trump in November (“like with a cloth,” as Clinton said when asked if she had wiped her home server clean), they also hate seeing any competition for the crown. Their asserted confidence of victory is easily undermined by the least criticism of their candidate.
Hey, it’s a democracy folks. People who want change are entitled to cast a vote for one who at least campaigns on the notion of bringing it. Don’t demonize them for exercising the franchise. (Clinton herself is careful not to demand that Sanders stop campaigning; that is left to surrogates.)
So Sanders is right to campaign to the end. If he loses the nomination, as is likely but not certain, he will throw his support to Clinton, perhaps gaining a little more leftish Clinton on some issues in the process. He knows Trump would be terrible.
One of the major contentions in support of Clinton becoming the Democratic nominee is that she is more likely to beat Trump in November than is Sanders. “America will never elect a Democratic Socialist,” we are told time and again. We have been told this not only by Hillary loyalists, but also by the Establishment media and its many pundits. Since these pundits and editorialists have called every development in the presidential campaign accurately so far, what’s to worry?
Plenty, it turns out. Bernie may be the better candidate to beat Trump.