Barring some sort of miracle, Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the Democratic nominee for president. I’m not saying that because I’m secretly a Hillary Clinton supporter as some people have claimed, it’s because I understand politics and delegate math. I want Bernie to win, but I understand the overwhelming odds against him.
Without Bernie Sanders on the ticket, Hillary Clinton faces a serious battle against Donald Trump. If this was an ordinary election cycle, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. In 2016, all of the political rules have been thrown out the window and we’re looking at two candidates that have unfavorability ratings that are unprecedented.
It is possible for Hillary Clinton to win without Bernie Sanders, but it will be much more difficult. People have floated the idea of political outsiders like Mark Cuban, but this would be a slap in the face of progressives who are against the billionaires and corporate interests.
I honestly do not think Elizabeth Warren is interested in the job, and other than Cory Booker, there really aren’t any other Democratic figures with star power that would complete the ticket. That speaks to the sad state of the party right now, but that is a blog for another day.
With a Clinton/Sanders win, we would have the first female president, and the first Jewish vice president. I don’t consider gender or religion as factors for judging the quality of candidates, but it would still be historic nonetheless.
For the Bernie Sanders supporters who still think Hillary Clinton will be indicted or convicted, this even more reason to get behind a unity ticket. If she wins and then is forced to resign, guess who will take her place? That is highly unlikely, but something to keep in mind when deciding between voting or staying home.
Whether you like Hillary Clinton or not, refusing to vote ensures a Donald Trump win in November. That is an outcome this country simply cannot afford. This is why I do not subscribe to the “Bernie or Bust” mindset, and why I sincerely hope she chooses him as her running mate.