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    • Bernie Sanders officially ended his presidential campaign today, clearing the way for Joe Biden to win the 2020 Democratic nomination. It had been a foregone conclusion for a while that Bernie would have to drop given the recent victories of Biden in the primaries, but still, this news is significant. It means we won’t have a contested convention and hopefully for Democrats, it means that their party will be more unified going into the fall than they were four years ago when it was Hillary Clinton teeing up to go up against Donald Trump. The big question now is how whether or not Bernie will throw his full weight behind Biden or if he’ll recede into the darkness any only mildly endorse him like he did Hillary.

    • or if he’ll recede into the darkness any only mildly endorse him like he did Hillary.

      Sanders vigorously campaigned for Clinton in 2016. See below.

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      From Business Insider

      But Sanders was a relentless campaigner for Clinton in the last two months of the 2016 campaign, appearing at 39 rallies in 13 states on behalf of the nominee, at times facing sustained boos from his supporters for throwing his support behind Clinton. 

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      From CNN

      Sanders was asked at a town with seniors in Nevada if he would support the eventual Democratic nominee, to which he answered, "absolutely and positively yes." A woman in the audience interjected, "Where were you in the last election, you didn't do that?"

      Sanders was quick to defend his support of Clinton in the general election in 2016.

      "Oh really? I didn't know that," he responded. "I thought I ran all over the country into Nevada and everybody else working as hard as I humanly could to see that Hillary Clinton was elected president of the United States."

      "And one of the things, I take a little bit of umbrage at, OK, is just that," he added.

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      From The New Yorker

      The truth is that Bernie Sanders is very, very angry—at Donald Trump. He is angry enough to have spent weeks travelling on behalf of Hillary Clinton, speaking for her in union halls and arenas, to students and activists. When he talks, he is entirely Bernie—“We are going to fight for that democracy; we are not going to become an oligarchy”

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    • it means that their party will be more unified going into the fall than they were four years ago

      Not sure about that. I voted for Hilary begrudgingly to avoid Trump. However, I am not voting for Biden. In fact, I will probably vote for Trump, which will cost the Democratic Party TWO votes:

      For example,

      Assume the vote is 10-10 and I voted Dem like I have for over twenty years (I used to be a Republican into my early twenties).

      Now assume I stay home. The vote is now 10-9, the Dems are behind by 1 vote.

      Now assume I vote for Trump. The vote is now 11-9, the Dems are behind by 2 votes.

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      Most of the time such talk is BS: people will vote for whoever their party’s candidate is. And if the nominee was Warren, Klobuchar, Booker or Harris, I think that would be the result this year.

      But Biden is so repulsive to Progressive and Independent voters that four more years of Trump, plus electing more down ballot Progressives into Congress, may be preferable to eight years of Biden.

    • However, I am not voting for Biden. In fact, I will probably vote for Trump

      This is really, reaaaaly puzzling to me. Please, help me understand. How do you make a leap from Bernie to Trump? On which axis is Trump a better choice than Biden? What do you see in the past behaviour and job performance of Trump that you think stacks up better than past behaviour and performance of Biden?

    • So you're OK with Jared Kushner replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg? With the further rejection of competence in government? With the erosion of civil liberties and accelerated decline of the US as a world leader? With minority rule based on voter suppression? With four more years of denial about climate change? I could go on, but isn't that enough?

      I'm astounded.

    • Not sure about that. I voted for Hilary begrudgingly to avoid Trump. However, I am not voting for Biden. In fact, I will probably vote for Trump, which will cost the Democratic Party TWO votes:

      I'm appalled. How do you go from supporting Bernie to voting for a continuation of the insanity in the current White House? And didn't Sanders commit to supporting the Democratic nominee?

    • And didn't Sanders commit to supporting the Democratic nominee?

      I’m an Independent voter, which means that I don’t have to fall in line and “vote blue no matter who.” I never made the commitment to support the Democratic nominee, although I respect Sanders honoring the commitment that he chose to make.

    • So you're OK with Jared Kushner replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg? With the further rejection of competence in government? With the erosion of civil liberties and accelerated decline of the US as a world leader? With minority rule based on voter suppression? With four more years of denial about climate change?

      Without mentioning Trump, convince me why I should vote for Biden.

      I respected Cory Booker when he said that he believes in Medicare for All but that he saw improving the Affordable Care Act as the realistic goal to help people now. If Congress had somehow passed M4All under his presidency, I have no doubt that Booker would have signed it into law. Biden, by contrast, said last month that he would probably veto M4All if the bill came across his desk.

      I don’t believe Biden will do enough to make a substantial dent in Climate Change. The Paris Accord was a voluntary agreement with zero economic consequences if countries did not live up to their commitments. There are zero tariffs or other economic sanctions if a country decides to continue to pollute at devastating levels.

      Considering all the billionaires supporting Biden and all the corporate lobbyists in his campaign, I don’t see him increasing the minimum wage, which hasn’t been raised in over ten years, to $15 an hour.

      Biden is responsible for the Bankruptcy bill that made it harder for Millenials to deal with never-ending student debt. I therefore have zero confidene that he will do anything substantial to help that generation with their insane amount of student debt. His plan is in fact vague on this and basically says that he’s committed to improving things, whatever that means.

      I could speak to other things that concern me about Biden (his lies on marching during the Civil Rights movement and being arrested while trying to see Nelson Mandela, the multiple sexual assault allegations, his being okay with locking up immigrant children in cages during the Obama administration, his incoherent interview remarks on interview shows over the last month), but the most important issues for me are around economic justice and Climate Change. And Biden would not make things significantly better during his presidency.

    • This is really, reaaaaly puzzling to me. Please, help me understand. How do you make a leap from Bernie to Trump?

      I did say probably would vote for Trump, meaning that I’m still open to being convinced otherwise. But to clarify things a little, by voting for Trump I will be making sure that Biden is not President for the next eight years. Biden would kill the Progressive agenda on economic justice given eight years as President. And I honestly believe that things won’t get substantially better in other areas unless there are substantial improvements in working families’ lives economically.

    • Without mentioning Trump, convince me why I should vote for Biden.

      Without mentioning cancer or heart disease, convince me I shouldn't smoke.

      Making insufficient progress on things you care about is not as bad as undoing previous accomplishments. Not to mention actively subverting institutions of government that were never questioned, like congressional oversight of the executive branch. I can vaguely sympathize with people who refused to vote for Hillary, thinking that there was no chance Trump could win in 2016. That same calculus no longer applies.

    • I don't think this is a "vote blue" issue - it's a matter of limiting the damage that is currently occurring to a single term.

      Can you watch the behavior of this president in answering questions posed by the press and not cringe? Do you accept the way he treats people? Can you accept the damage he has already done in rolling back regulations, in ignoring climate change, in many other areas?

      We are currently a country with a leader who is not focused on what is best for the citizens of this country (and of the world). He does not acknowledge that he is supposed to be the leader of all, not just of his supporters.

    • I can see why someone wouldn’t want to vote for more Neoliberalism in the name of Biden, but to turn and vote for Trump instead makes no sense to me - it legitimizes his attacks on the media, his ‘alternative facts’, his white supremacy. This election is basically a referendum on the Trump presidency. In your system, everyone already assumes a president will be in power for 8 years unless the electorate toss him out after four - you yourself just gave Biden 8.

      So really, if it’s a protest your after, why not at least spoil your vote, or see what you can do to further the Bernie brand. I don’t get the sense he’s giving up on influencing policy.

      Here's how the CBC covered this, btw:

    • I don't think this is a "vote blue" issue - it's a matter of limiting the damage that is currently occurring to a single term.

      Can you watch the behavior of this president in answering questions posed by the press and not cringe? Do you accept the way he treats people? Can you accept the damage he has already done in rolling back regulations, in ignoring climate change, in many other areas?

      We are currently a country with a leader who is not focused on what is best for the citizens of this country (and of the world). He does not acknowledge that he is supposed to be the leader of all, not just of his supporters.

      If HRC had been elected as President, both Medicare for All and the Progressive movement would’ve died and become a footnote in history. Instead, because Donald Trump is President, Medicare for All is supported by a majority of Democrats, according to the primary exit polls.

      Without Trump, there would not be several Progressive Congress reps in the House now who have a significant voice in pushing the party further to the left.

      Another four years of Trump will add even more Progressives to the House and hopefully even the Senate.

      You may not think this will make much of an impact on the DNC, but this is exactly what the Tea Party did to gain power in setting the Republican agenda. They literally stayed home or voted Democrat to remove a Moderate from office. It scared the shit out of the Moderates and forced them to lean further right to avoid being unseated. You are even seeing this strategy played out with Alexander Ocasio-Cortez funding primary challenges against Conservative Democrats.

      Getting more Progressives in Congress is not only important in pushing the agenda further to the left, but it is incredibly important for the 2024 Presidential election. The super delegates will again get to vote on the first ballot in that year’s convention: Bernie’s negotiations only kept the super delegates off the first ballot for 2020. Since members of Congress are super delegates, more Progressives in Congress could get their candidate nominated in a close race.

      I think of people losing their homes because of medical bills: a third of all Go Fund Me campaigns are to pay for medical expenses. And that’s enough to say no to eight years of Biden.

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      I could tell you that Trump could still be impeached and removed from office if the Democrats gain control of both houses of Congress. Or that RBG could outlast Trump. But I see greater long-term damage to American citizens with Biden, even if Trump serves his full-term.

    • Thanks for explaining your viewpoint a bit more. You make some valid points. However, considering the damage Trump has already caused and is daily inflicting on our country, allowing him to remain in power one more minute is unthinkable for me.

      There are no unflawed candidates; none. These are politicians after all. I view voting as an attempt to choose the "lesser evil," nothing more. But it is my obligation as a citizen, parent and grandparent to elect the best leadership possible for the future of my family, my country and the planet.

      My influence in choosing the names that will appear on my ballot is almost nil. I voted for Warren in my state's primary, but will not have the opportunity to vote for her in November. Biden is far from my idea of an ideal candidate, but Trump is a clear and present danger to the country and the world. I am given only one opportunity to cast one ballot every four years. Selecting a 3rd party candidate or writing in the name of my personal favorite is futile; it boils down to a binary choice: An imperfect politician or Evil incarnate.

      If Biden wins he will be the oldest President ever elected; what are the chances he might serve two terms? He has said he will choose a woman vice president, possibily someone more progressive than he. As a politician he might be open to influence from progressive voters and legistators. Which way is the wind blowing? That's what good politicians want to know. As you point out, younger voters are leaning Progressive and could well push Biden in that direction.

      For me, choosing the "lesser evil" next November won't be that difficult.

    • As a politician he might be open to influence from progressive voters and legistators.

      Today Biden promised to forgive some student debt; however, it excludes for-profit and private colleges, which have the highest debt load per student. In other words, the Millenials who are the most crushed by student debt are still fucked. Sorta like ACA which only helped a fraction of American families.

      His fractional olive branch continues with his agreeing to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to ... wait for it ... 60 years old. (In another 10 years it may go down to 58!)

      To borrow a word from @Denise, I am appalled.

    • Well, I'm not excited by Biden's little baby steps either; but compared to Trump??? Perhaps I'm overly optimistic, but maybe, just maybe, his unfitness for office will be recognized by enough voters by November that that a "blue wave" will not only cleanse the white house but change the balance of power in the senate and augment Nancy's majority in the house. "O yet we hope . . . "

    • Yeah, I really don’t see how voting for Trump helps the Democrats’ cause. Biden isn’t perfect, but he would get us back on track at least a bit. Four more years of Trump would just derail us even further.

    • A more logical protest vote, imo would be to just not vote at all. That’s my two cents. But for the record, I’ll vote for Biden because I really can’t imagine four more years of Trump.

    • I don’t see any harm in having hope. A lot can happen between now and November: think of everything that happened between July and November 2016.

      May I ask how active you plan to be in getting out the vote? Have you canvassed before for a campaign?

    • I just wanted to share this bright spot of humanity. And why I’m glad I supported his campaign financially.

    • A more logical protest vote, imo would be to just not vote at all.

      That’s a delusion if you believe that you aren’t helping Trump by staying home.

      Final Vote with you and I voting for Biden:

      Biden: 11, Trump: 10. Biden wins.

      Final Vote if you and I stay home:

      Biden: 9, Trump: 10. Trump wins.

      Legally you and I didn’t vote for Trump. And we can tell all our friends with a straight face that we didn’t vote for Trump.

      But we still gave Trump a two vote advantage and the win.

      So it’s the same thing as if you did vote for him. I think people don’t want to admit that they have “blood on their hands” by staying home. And the idea of voting for the “Other party” is morally repugnant for lifelong one party voters.

      That’s why it’s an automatic cliche to tell someone “well then just stay home and not vote.”

      It may feel good, but the math doesn’t lie that you tipped the scales in the “Other party’s” favor.

      That’s what made the Tea Party so insanely scary: it was against the core of their identity to cast a ballot for a Democrat, even if it was in their long-term interests to do so. And yet they did it in order to vote out a Moderate.

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      Trump just waived studen loan payments for the next six months and a Republican Senator is introducing a Danish plan legislation to pay laid off workers up to 80% of the National median income. If they are trying to secure Sanders’s supporters votes, they are offering better Progressive deals than what Biden was selling today. Truly sad when the Republicans come across as to the left of Biden.

    • all everyone seems to care here in the US is "I've got mine", no matter what they say, And that is the problem.

    • My opinion is this is dirty politics. Not meant for the welfare of the people. Colors mean nothing to me too, other than, sadly - today, choosing the lesser evil.

    • I have not canvassed before a campaign, though I am considering it. I do contribute financially to the campaigns of progressive senators because I think I have better odds of promoting positive outcomes that way than by banging my head against the establishment of my deep red state.