Bernie Sanders’s Struggle Continues - The New Yorker
Throughout this campaign—even now, as he endorses Hillary Clinton—Sanders has always said what he meant and stuck to it.
Bernie Sanders’s most admirable characteristic came to the fore last night, and it should not have surprised his most insistent supporters, some of whom chanted “Bernie!” so long and so loudly when he took the stage in Philadelphia that you wondered whether they’d allow the man himself to speak.
In fact, his integrity should make them proud. Sanders is the rare politician who is not a schmoozer or a pleaser or a prevaricator. Throughout this campaign, and indeed throughout his career, he has said what he meant and stuck to it. And, all along in the Presidential contest, he has said that he would not be a spoiler.
As he put it last July, in an interview aired on C-span, when he was asked whether he would ever run as a third-party candidate, “I made the promise that I would not, and I will keep that promise.
And the reason for that is I do not want to be responsible for electing some right-wing Republican to be President of the United States.”
Sanders has kept that promise in letter, and in spirit, by endorsing Hillary Clinton. He’s doing what he said he’d do, and saying why. “Think about the Supreme Court Justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights, and the future of our country,” Sanders said last night. He does not want to turn over the country to a racist demagogue who would irreparably damage it, when there is a candidate who agrees with him on many, if not all, issues and who is temperamentally and intellectually capable of doing the job.