Feeling the #BernieOrBust these days? Let's talk about that for a second.
I understand the enthusiasm for Bernie because I'm equally as enthusiastic about Hillary. But holding your vote hostage if your candidate doesn't win the nomination is not an option.
Certainly not this year. Probably not any year.
And rest assured that don't exclude myself from this principle: If Sanders somehow makes the most unlikely of comebacks to defeat Clinton, I will certainly vote for him in November. Because Donald Trump is not an option.
This also held true for me in 2008, when (after healing a heart broken by Hillary's defeat) I proudly supported and voted for Barack Obama. Because McCain/Palin was not an option.
But you don't have to take just my advice, because several very influential, high-profile voices on the left have been saying the same thing.
For instance, Michael Moore loudly endorsed Bernie on the eve of Iowa caucuses and continues to have plenty of differences with Hillary. But when it comes to the general election, it's a no-brainer:
Michael Moore is an avowed Bernie Sanders supporter and has been for years. But while the outspoken filmmaker and liberal activist says he’s with Sanders till the end, he quickly notes he’ll support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she’s the nominee.
“Oh absolutely. She’s better than the alternative and she will do some good," Moore said in an interview on Sunday.
Noam Chomsky would “absolutely” choose Hillary Clinton over the Republican nominee if he lived in a swing state, but her primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, “doesn’t have much of a chance," the MIT professor and intellectual said in a recent interview...
“Oh absolutely…my vote would be against the Republican candidate,” Chomsky told Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan...
Chomsky cited “enormous differences” between the two major political parties. “Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a skeptic who says we can’t do it,” Chomsky said. “What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah.”
Bill Maher has also repeatedly made clear that he supports Sanders for the nomination, but he can see the writing on the wall and used a different a-word regarding the choice in November.
Last week on Real Time with Bill Maher, the brazenly liberal host tore into Sanders supporters who claim they’d rather vote for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. After outlining key differences between a Trump and Clinton presidency, Maher proclaimed, “That’s your choice. Don’t be assholes about it.”These are just three examples, but there's plenty more where that came from and much more on the way shortly. All you have to do is listen.
Bernie or bust? Are you sure about that? Because what it really means is that you're fine with our entire country going "bust" in every way imaginable (economically, morally, judicially...you name it) for many years to come under the disastrous rule of *shudder* President Donald J. Trump.
If you care about what Bernie Sanders has stood for his whole life and what he continues to fight for to this day, "bust" is simply not an option.