One of the things that we have come to accept (outside of Trump) is inclusion politics. The President, who is very good at this, made sure that after he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2008 that she and her supporters understood how much their approval and support meant to him. Hillary was ultimately susceptible to this as her actions including acceptance of the Secretary of State position demonstrate. Unfortunately for the country leading Republicans were not swayed by the President’s inclusion politics.
In the present primary season establishment Democrats and Hillary supporters want Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race. The media hierarchy, pundits who work for the media ruling class, and much of the establishment have been calling for Bernie to abandon the primary race, adding to the apparent hopelessness to continue argument with for the good of the Party argument.
“Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.”
“I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders’ political philosophy; I too, for example, see health care as a basic right. He has run a remarkable and historically significant campaign, pulling the party to the left and pumping it full of new progressive vigor. His crowds are almost as big as Trump’s and perhaps even more enthusiastic. Most important, he has brought legions of young people into the political process.”
“ But he hasn’t won the nomination.”
“ Hillary Clinton has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates, earned.” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/05/20/sanders_is_playing_with_fire_130618.html
I usually respect the writing of this author, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. But there are several things quite geepy about his conclusions. First of all, we need more than lip service to promote Democracy. Insisting that a candidate stop campaigning is anything but a support of Democracy. Coupled with this the fact that the largest perhaps most vital state in development, education, technology, population, economy and culture in the United States is the state of California. To insist that this state continuously have no say in the decision making in the United States is bordering on fascistic. Added to this are the roots – the Sanders campaign began as a political philosophical movement more than a belief that they could nominate their candidate. To abandon this philosophic goal because of not winning a candidacy is a sleight to the millions that have supported Senator Sanders and his beliefs.
In addition, Hillary Clinton and her team have not appeared to be particularly adept at inclusion politics. Using establishment tricks such as voice votes that can suppress the will of the majority does not endear Clinton supporters to the Sanders supporters. Ms. Clinton, to demonstrate any interest in inclusion politics, needs to reel in the blood lust of the state chairpeople and the nation chairperson. Failure to do so gives the Sanders people no reason to abandon their quixotic quest. Also such minimalization of opponents by the Clinton supporters gives great fear to the Sanders supporters that progressive goals will not be thoughtfully considered by the Clinton team.
Bernie has shown the world that oligarchy funding is not required in politics. He walks the walk, just doesn’t do the talk. Add on the progressive issue of fighting income inequality and the strength of several decades of fighting for the people and Bernie Sanders should be praised, not reviled.
“The idea that Sanders should drop out because some of his supporters did terrible things is absurd—and it’s more absurd when you remember that a Clinton-affiliated Super PAC has devoted $1 million to paying online trolls to “correct the record.” More importantly, it’s not his role to unify the party. His time to exit will come, sometime between the end of the primary season and the end of the party convention. To create change, he has to stay in the race. Doing otherwise would cede the platform to the party establishment.”
“Instead, it’s Clinton’s responsibility to unify the party. She should call off her dogs—those whom she can control, anyway—and acknowledge that the abhorrent behavior of a handful of Sanders supporters isn’t reflective of his entire base. She should also begin to make overtures to primary reform, as the existing process—from delegate allocation to esoteric procedural rules—are partly responsible for this mayhem. She can do so even as she continues to treat Sanders as a legitimate contender, and she should start now if she wants to prevent the fractious convention that so many of her allies are forewarning.” https://newrepublic.com/article/133642/its-not-bernie-sanderss-job-unify-democratic-party