Hillary Clinton may have moved on beyond the primary battle with Bernie Sanders, but the Vermont socialist refuses to accept reality. According to Bloomberg, Bernie has no plans to concede defeat in the Democratic presidential race to Hillary Clinton when Tuesday’s final primary is done, rebuffing pressure from his colleagues in the Senate and from party officials. A valiant Bernie has decided that in the six weeks remaining until the Democratic convention, he will "keep promoting the tenets of his platform: curbing big money in politics, reducing income inequality and raising taxes to make health care a universal entitlement."
Which is a great message, sadly not one that will lead to any personal benefit.
As Bloomberg adds, Sanders made clear he’s running less a campaign for the Democratic nomination than an effort to overhaul the Democratic National Committee leadership and its rules, which he’s repeatedly said have favored Clinton. “The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said at a news conference in Washington. That includes replacing the Democratic National Committee leadership, requiring all primaries to be open to independents and Republicans and doing away with the superdelegates that were a crucial base of support for Clinton.
Bernie made just hours before polls close in the Washington, D.C. primary, the last contest in the nomination race, and ahead of a nighttime, closed-door meeting between Sanders and Clinton that may set much of the tone as Democrats come together around a shared goal of defeating presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders refused to say what he expected to get, or give, out of the meeting. Asked whether Clinton still needs to win his vote, Sanders replied: "If I want you to vote for me I’m going to have to make the case to you that I am the best choice for you and your family. That’s called democracy.” He added that he was looking forward to the meeting “very, very much.”
Needless to say, Bernie's demands for replacement of the DNC leadership will be soundly ignored. He has been feuding with Florida Representative Debbi Wasserman Schultz, the head of the DNC, for much of the campaign over rules and schedules that he says have put him at a disadvantage. But, as Bloomberg reminds us, President Barack Obama, who nominated Wasserman Schultz to the post, gave her a ringing endorsement in March and she’s been a loyal Clinton ally.
Meanwhile, other democrats are unhappy that Sanders will soldier on, in the process focusing attention on HIllary's crony political activities, and potentially diluting her potential voters. Sanders arrived in the U.S. capital on Tuesday morning for the weekly caucus lunch of Senate Democrats, many of whom have expressed their unease with Sanders’s refusal to end his campaign before the convention. “No, it’s not helpful,” West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said when asked about the Vermont senator’s stance. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said Democrats need to be unified going into the convention. But he added that Sanders ultimately "can, I think, and will play a constructive role in making sure Secretary Clinton wins.”
Still, in order to show a semi-united front, at the luncheon Sanders received a standing ovation from the Democratic senators. He discussed his plans to make it easier for voters to register and participate, as well as to make clear to young people that they’re welcome in the Democratic Party, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware said. After all, these are the same voters that Hillary is now actively courting and the Democratic establishment can not demonstrate disdain towards them.
Despite his admirable enthusiasm, Sanders hasn’t yet worked out the details of what he’ll be doing before the convention. He announced in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday that he will detail his plans on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. New York time in a live online video.
“We’re meeting with Secretary Clinton this evening and we’ll see how that goes and where things stand after that and make some decision about the future based on more intelligence about where we’re going,” Briggs said.
The most likely outcome, however, will be to try to harness Sanders' anger and direct it at Trump instead of Hillary.
One thing is certain: Bernie will be with us for at least another two days. Sanders won’t drop out “today, tomorrow, or the next day,” campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said Tuesday.