Bernie Sanders seems determined to prove himself to be the most egotistical, hypocritical loser in the history of political campaigns, and he's not above helping Republicans burn down the country to do it.
Sanders returned to Washington today and refused to say he will endorse Hillary Clinton, while offering nothing more than his usual tiresome platitudes. Democrats have lost their patience with him, and he was rightfully booed:
With the Democratic convention just weeks away, Sanders still hasn't endorsed one-time rival Hillary Clinton and dodged questions about when he would during a tense meeting Wednesday morning with House Democrats.
After delivering his opening remarks — which touched on Sanders’ favorite issues including campaign finance, Wall Street reform and trade — lawmakers inside the meeting pressed Sanders during a tense question-and-answer session on whether he would ultimately endorse Clinton and help foster party unity.
House Democrats including John Garamendi of California and Joyce Beatty of Ohio asked Sanders for specifics on when he would ultimately get behind Clinton — questions that were accompanied by some cheers and clapping from other House Democrats, sources inside the room said.
Sanders didn’t give them a clear answer, according to attendees. Instead, the Vermont senator emphasized that elections are not necessarily about winning, multiple sources said, but about transformations — an answer that was met with some boos from lawmakers, one person inside the room said.
"Elections are not necessarily about winning" says the man who lost, but vowed to overthrow the will of the voters in this country by trying to get Democratic super delegates to back him instead of Hillary Clinton.
"Elections are not necessarily about winning" says the man who refused to lend a hand to help down ticket Democrats until late in the primaries and only then helping a few in exchange for their endorsement of him.
"Elections are not necessarily about winning" unless Bernie Sanders is the winner, and if he isn't the winner, the rest of the country can just take a hike.
“My message was a simple message: We have got to fight for the needs of the middle class and working families of this country,” Sanders said as he left the caucus meeting. “We got to get people involved in the political process, we got to get a large voter turnout, and if we have a larger voter turnout, Democrats will regain control of the Senate and I believe they’re gonna take the House back.”
This "message" illustrates the problem many have had with Bernie all along. His promises are really just a lot of words that don't make sense. After all, how exactly are you going to win back the House without helping House Democrats get elected? How are you going to help working families, the middle class, get people involved in the political process, and increase voter turnout while saying "Elections are not necessarily about winning?"
And how in particular is Bernie going to do all these things while inspiring his supporters with the false belief that Hillary Clinton lacks judgment, is corrupt, and doesn't deserve his endorsement? Because that's largely what his so-called "revolution" has done to a majority of his supporters, young ones in particular who are new to the political process. He's spent his entire campaign telling them the "establishment" Democratic Party can't be trusted, that they "rigged" the election against him, and that he and only he can "transform America" even though his plans never held water and he showed he had no idea how to fulfill many of those promises in the first place.
Guess who else wants to "transform America?" Donald Trump. Yet Bernie has sowed such a pessimistic view of elections among his supporters that many of them have vowed "Never Hillary," vowed to just sit out the election, or vowed to teach Democrats a lesson by actually voting for Trump.
Bernie, who's had 30 years as an elected official to bring about the change he speaks of, yet hasn't bothered, seems more than happy to help the Republicans by refusing to embrace the reality of elections and their consequences.
Bernie refuses to help Democrats win in 2016, largely because of his ego. After all, what kind of person stays in a race after he lost while continuing to cost taxpayers $40,000 a day for Secret Service protection (that will climb to $2 million if he stays in the race through the convention), demands concessions after losing, tries to negotiate the terms of his exit from the race, and holds a "victory rally" outside the convention while Democrats nominate the winner inside?
A con man, that's what kind.
Because if Bernie truly wants to bring about the changes he's been talking about in his stump speech for a year now, he's not going to get them from the Republicans and Donald Trump.
But he's ignoring the elephant in the room while instead attacking Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the only people who are actually working toward those goals and have been for decades.
If Bernie's only goal left is to hurt the Democrats chances in this election, and there's no indication at this point he truly has any other goal, he should just stop "helping" and go home.
And since "elections are not necessarily about winning," let's hope he stays there after losing his next one.