Mr. Sanders’s own political career illustrates what can happen when a revolutionary has no ground troops. For 25 years in Congress, Mr. Sanders has held fast to his progressive message and principles. But he hasn’t gotten many big things done. As an uncompromising political independent, his outsider status has largely prevented him from attracting the support that would be needed among Democrats to turn into law his liberal ideals on health care, on college education and on fighting poverty and climate change.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters need to stop and consider for a moment what a losing Sanders campaign will mean for the progressive movement. If Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee and loses to a Republican — any Republican, but dear God imagine if he loses to a crackpot like Trump or Cruz — what will this mean for progressives, the progressive agenda, and the progressive “wish list”?
I can tell you what it will mean. It will mean the death of the progressive movement for an entire generation.
Sanders is campaigning as the “outsider” — I know it’s his “brand,” it’s the thing Sanders’ supporters like about him. But when you’re an outsider and you lose, you’re irrelevant.
It’s not the same for Hillary Clinton. Hillary isn’t the outsider candidate, she’s the “establishment candidate,” and as such has the entire establishment behind her. If she loses to the Republican, the establishment won’t fold up its tent and go home. That’s kinda the point of being the establishment. Oh, I’m sure progressives will blame her for not being populist enough, for not being liberal enough. But the benefit of being the establishment is that you’ve got the party structure behind you.
A losing Bernie Sanders general election campaign will send the message that progressive ideas are losing ideas and progressive activists are failures. Nobody will listen to progressives on anything. We will not have a place at the table and we will be shut out of the conversation.
Something to think about. Because if Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee? His supporters better get their asses in gear and make damn sure he wins, or else you’re staring at your own irrelevance for the next 30 years.
In other words, your fucking revolution which has failed to manifest thus far had better show up.
Just a thought.