This evening, I’ll be traveling to a polling place somewhere in the Empire State and casting a ballot for Bernie Sanders. I certainly won’t do it with the same level of conviction that I had in 2008 when I voted for Barack Obama — but you only get that a few times in life, if you’re lucky.
I’m not doing it because I think Sanders has run an Obama-quality campaign (he hasn’t, especially lately as the rhetoric has gotten a bit nasty), nor am I doing it because Sanders would be more likely to get his proposals enacted, nor even because I am feeling a Bern of some sort. (The only burn I’m feeling right now comes from sitting on a bike saddle for 45 minutes on the way to work).
I’m doing it for the same reasons a lot of our fellow Democrats are voting for Bernie — I see it as a message to the lazy, sloppy, “centrist” party establishment, of which Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is patient zero. I also see it as part of a continuing effort to keep the Clinton campaign on its toes, because the inclination to phone in a shitty “inevitability” primary campaign is apparently very tempting to Clinton’s campaign advisers. It happened in 2008, and 2016 is just too important for Democrats for that to happen again.
As for the tone of the campaign: Does anyone here really think that whatever awful thing the Sanders campaign has said about Hillary is a hundredth as awful as the stuff that will come out of Trump or Cruz’ mouth this Fall? There’s nothing wrong with the Clinton campaign getting practice responding to the mild critique that Sanders is offering, because it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse later.
Finally, Bernie Bros are the PUMAs of 2016. A few idiots may not vote for Hillary this Fall because of some slight, real or imagined. It won’t be a significant phenomenon. Once the primary is over, everyone nursing butt hurt acquired in the heat of political battle will have had plenty of time to realize just how bad a Trump or Cruz presidency will be. That will be a powerful motivator, especially after Hillary and her team strip the bark off of whichever of those two fuckers prevails at the coming riot in Cleveland.
As I cast my vote today, I’ll be thinking about my next trip there, which will be in November, Dios Mediante. That’s when I’ll be marking my ballot for Hillary Clinton, and I’ll be happy to do it.