So, the two quotes from the Guardian liveblog that strike me as most immediately significant…
First question from a student at the University of Pennsylvania: “Will you encourage your supporters to vote for Secretary Clinton?”
“We’re not a movement where I can snap my fingers and tell you what to do,” Sanders said. “It is incumbent upon her to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics, who have serious misgivings about a candidate who has taken millions from Wall Street.”
“She has got to go out to you,” Sanders said. “It is incumbent upon Secretary Clinton to reach out, not only to my supporters, but all of the American people with an agenda that they believe will represent the middle class.”…
When pressed, Bernie Sanders says that he will help elect whomever it takes to keep Donald Trump or another Republican candidate from being elected president.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure that no Republican gets into the White House in this election,” Sanders said.
Now you’re on the record, Senator Sanders. Thanks!
And then, in the second townhall…
First question from a volunteer councilman: “Will you say what role you would trust Senator Sanders in in a Clinton administration?”
After demuring that she can’t begin to speak to administration positions before she’s even won the nomination, Clinton affirmed that she supports down-ballot Democrats.
“I’m already raising money for Democrats up and down the ballot – I’m dedicated to that,” Clinton said. “You can count on me doing that because I feel very strongly that we need to have a vital, dynamic Democratic party.”
“I wanna be a very strong ally of elected Democrats against the county,” she concluded.
My interpretation: President Clinton will be very happy to have Senator Sanders caucusing with the Democrats during her administration. She will absolutely help raise funds for his re-election — just as she does now for so many downticket Dems, despite attacks on her motives for doing so!
Sanders wants more than that, he’s gonna have to get off his soapbox and start working towards a mutually beneficial deal. You know — like a professional politician would do.
As Jane Austen said, in Persuasion: Reciprocal compliments, which would have been esteemed about equal.