Sanders' great story rapidly turning sad
To the editor:
You gotta love Bernie Sanders! His story was inspirational. What he has accomplished is remarkable, energizing a sizable chunk of the progressive element of the electorate and a lot of money to boot. However, he has morphed from a man with a message to an "it's all about me" egomaniac.
Bernie Sanders is a Johnny-come-lately Democrat who has never done a single thing for the Democratic Party, while Hillary Clinton has been a stalwart member, raising millions of dollars for it, stumping for its candidates, and rendering yeoman's service to the party for decades. Why should he be surprised that the party shows her some preference? It's all within the rules, but Bernie just doesn't like the rules.
Super-delegates are party loyalists. They remember who had their back and know Sanders has turned out to be a brazen opportunist. However he started out, it is now clear that Bernie is using the party without any loyalty to it or even any affection for it.
Bernie's supporters are now getting rowdy. Instead of coaxing them in line, he is using the occasion to aggravate the party. He accused "the Democratic leadership" of using "its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place." Party rules were in place well before he was a blip on the primary season's radar. Does he think the rules don't apply to him?
Clinton is now 92 delegates away from the nomination, with 944 remaining delegates up for grabs. Hillary needs to win less than 10 percent of them while Bernie needs to win 90 percent-plus. With proportional allocation, Bernie has zero chance of defeating Hillary. His pipe dream that a sufficient number of delegates will bolt their mandate to give him the nomination is not helped by his recent remonstrations.
Instead of recognizing the inevitable and bringing the party together for the fall campaign against Donald Trump, he persists in his unrealistic, ego-driven drive to nowhere. It's clear evidence he is not interested in the Democratic Party or its success in November. So why should the party be interested in him?
Bernie has come close to power, evidenced by the remarkable turnouts and money he has raised. But power seems to have corrupted him as power often does, and he is now in the camp of "I know best" and compromise is "giving the store away." The story of Bernie Sanders is now a very sad one.
Charles I. Francis, Becket