First off, let me apologize to you. You should not, and neither should any other superdelegates, be receiving any harassing phone calls, mail, tweets, facebook posts, or email from Bernie supporters urging you to change your endorsement. It’s rude and uncalled for, especially when the convention isn’t even until after the primaries.
That being said, I wholeheartedly disagree with your reason for continuing your support of Hillary Clinton – if only because a lot of what you mentioned in your open letter was based on half truths.
Bernie Sanders has identified as an independent but has worked with and been on more than a few Democratic committees during his time as a senator. Also during that time, he has raised money and endorsed several Democrats to show his support in many ideals and policies shared by Democrats. Did you bother to look into that before making an assumption based on a news interview that everyone knows can’t be all inclusive insofar as either party, be it the reporter, or the guest (in this case, Bernie, himself) actually being able to say everything they need to say?
The point missed – amidst the confusion of fervent Bernie supporters not exuding very good judgement in their methods of urging superdelegates to change their endorsements – is that, to spite the media’s representation of Bernie, the fact of the matter is that there are millions of uncounted votes in closed primaries all for Bernie who will be voting in the general election, one way or another based on who the Democratic nominee is. Why not welcome the millions of independent voters who will be registered as Democrats and would continue to support the DNC and the Democratic Party if Bernie were the nominee? In all likelihood, you’ll need those votes if the Democrats want to have any chance at winning against the Republicans. Why? Because 9 out of every 10 Bernie supporters will NOT be voting for Hillary Clinton.
In fact, there are twice as many registered Democrats as independents voting for Bernie. How many do you think will stay with the party if Hillary is the nominee? 11.1% is your answer.
If your true interest is sustaining the Democratic Party and voting for the most logical nominee to win the general election – then your logic is grossly backwards. And, of course this is just my opinion, I would venture to say that if the will of the people (not exclusive to Democrats, but also independents who largely vote Democratic, anyway) isn’t represented by the establishment, then it just might mean the end of the Democratic Party in favor of a party that the people feel truly represents them.
In polls across the nation, Bernie garners 62% of the support. Sure, that’s not the primaries and caucuses – but I implore you to at least try and acknowledge the possibility that it COULD be accurate, and being that there are thousands of disenfranchised voters out there who most certainly won’t be for the general election, it’s more than just a feint possibility.
I would also urge you to think about the poll data presented here, as CNN has conducted polls with far fewer respondents, though they seem to think that’s a reasonable amount of people to collect random data from to form a close to accurate prediction.
11.1%, and that number keeps dropping the more respondents take the survey, and I’d be happy to share it with you as it progresses. But just yesterday, it was 12%. The fact is, a lot of true democrats have lost faith in the Democratic Party over the years and it’s time that the DNC recognizes that!
We felt disenfranchised when Gore lost the election, and just how many fewer people voted in the following elections? It’s been on a decline for over a decade now. I, myself, quit voting after Gore lost to Bush because I felt like my vote really didn’t matter anymore. And until Bernie Sanders, I would have never dreamed I would ever register to vote again! That’s why so many of us are so incredibly fervent about ONLY voting in favor of Bernie – no matter what that means. Writing him in, voting Green Party or Libertarian, voting Republican to prove to you that Hillary is not the nominee the MAJORITY of this country as a whole want, or again, not even voting because so many believe the system is rigged.
The missing percentage (0.54%) is “I don’t know.”
Please forgive our incredible fervor in pressuring you and other superdelegates. To us, it’s more than just about red and blue. There’s no excuse for bad behavior, but you cannot blame us for feeling so strongly, and loving our country so much that we’d go to extreme measures to have our voices heard. (When’s the last time you encountered such passion from constituents of a particular candidate?)
Your vote is worth hundreds, if not thousands of votes – and there are thousands, if not millions of people without a voice in the overwhelming amount of inconsistency and possibly “conspiracy,” and it feels, to us, to be much more than mere coincidence. Especially when, even after discovery of these mishaps (peoples’ registration changing from Democrat to Republican or independent, purging of hundreds of thousands of registered voters in primarily Bernie favored locations, changing the allotted time to vote in a given day from 15hrs (6am-9pm) to just 9hrs (12pm-9pm) in Bernie favored locations, the list goes on and on) nothing gets resolved! Who’s standing up for these disenfranchised voters? Certainly not Hillary’s delegates. Shouldn’t we ALL care about the sanctity of each vote, regardless of allegiance?
You mentioned Arizona, completely failing to acknowledge all of the voters there – Democrats, no less – as if there’s no way a revote could mean a Bernie victory! If they do, indeed, get a revote, the majority of people there now believe that Hillary or the DNC might be behind this mass madness to the degree that there are even more Bernie supporters there now than there were before their initial primary. Who’s to say that the superdelegate there didn’t endorse Bernie Sanders for the same reason? Are you empathetic or apathetic to the people there who have been treated as if they don’t matter, their votes aren’t important, and neither the DNC, board of elections, or county officials thought they should do anything about it until protests would not let up?
It’s your job to choose the strongest candidate to beat the Republican nominee and Clinton only is projected to win by 8 points with Trump and 1 point with Cruz. Bernie beats them both by double digits. Your stance, and the stances of so many superdelegates defies logic in the form of credible data – which really begs the questions, “What’s really going on here? Is there just an agenda to get Hillary nominated instead of Bernie, no matter what?”
You, and the DNC are losing constituents daily because of your inability to budge on this matter. It seems to me that it’s counterproductive no matter what way you want to look at it. Again, all but 11.1% of us are more than willing to denounce the Democratic Party altogether given the circumstances, and to spite the enormous amount of pressure to be loyal to the party, regardless. How in the world is this not important to you, also? Is your allegiance to Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party?
Bernie Sanders’ comment “We’ll see,” no doubt mirrors the concerns of the people. He’s more inclined to favor us over you, and that is the point. It’s admirable and honorable, and not a question of loyalty to the party, itself. What he’s REALLY saying is that if the DNC is willing to get behind him as 62% of the nation has gotten behind him, then he will undoubtedly get behind you. Until the DNC demonstrates that it it sides with the overwhelming majority of the people, the people will NOT be demonstrating their previous loyalty to the party as a whole, and Bernie Sanders stands WITH us, get it?
I’m sure you’re very busy and don’t have time to do your research on these things. That’s OK, for that you can be forgiven. But we cannot forgive willful ignorance and turning a blind eye to the facts. Bernie has won in the states that matter. The states that vote Blue. The same states where only 11% would vote for Hillary in the general election. Bernie Sanders has done exceedingly well even at his weakest.
The evidence at your fingertips could not be more clear.
I completely understand a personal loyalty to Hillary Clinton. I really do. She, as well as Bill, have been unabashedly loyal to the Democratic Party for many years. And this wouldn’t even be a question if your single vote weren’t worth so many. For your single vote, if it counted as only one, your personal preference is given the utmost respect. If you’re willing to let the DNC commit social suicide because your vote is equivalent to hundreds or thousands – by all means, go ahead and shoot yourself in the foot. But at the end of all of this, you might regret not siding with Bernie when NOT doing so costs you the loyalty of MILLIONS of voters who will leave the party in ruin after the votes cast in November tell the TRUE story of how the DNC misrepresented the people and lost the election.
You can’t always believe what you hear on the news. I hope this sheds some light on the gravity of the situation. I truly regret that you’ve been so accosted previous to this letter. Hopefully, you’ll receive it well, regardless. So much depends upon it.
P. S. Do you really believe that Bernie Sanders wouldn’t do his due diligence to the Democratic Party if he were the nominee? To insinuate that he wouldn’t be able to secure the funds needed to win the general election is absurd. He’s out-fundraised Hillary every month this quarter. What HE might be suggesting is that you wouldn’t do yours, and by your tone, I’m inclined to feel the same.
P. P. S. The New York Times is going to discredit Bernie? That’s a shocker. A publishing company who’s parent company endorses Hillary Clinton putting up a smear campaign against Bernie, has the Democratic Party really deteriorated into resorting to Republican tactics? You really have no clue about what’s happening within the Democratic Party, do you? A train is rushing down the tracks about to collide with everything you hold dear – and you’re clinging to the hope that somehow the establishment could win the hearts and minds of these Bernie Sanders supporters, only there’s no hope for that. Less than 2% rely on mainstream media for their information, and no one is buying the propaganda anymore, Bob. You’re really underestimating the demographic, here. You’re in for a rude awakening if you believe the same old tactics are going to work this time around. And whether you like or not, you NEED us.
P.P.P.S. We The People can speak for ourselves. You got your apology, and your attempt to place blame on Bernie has earned you no merit with those of us who know better than to trust anything you, or any establishment Democrat has to say. Now, I’ve heard Bernie Sanders described many ways. “Selfish” has never been one of them. Even Republicans have remarked on his honesty, compassion, and standing up for what he believes in. You have the audacity to classify a genuinely selfless man as selfish because he won’t play your money games or participate in your hierarchy? Shame on you.
Don’t say that nobody warned you.