It’s no secret I’m a supporter of Democrat Bernie Sanders for president, but that being said I’ll vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she’s the party’s nominee.
I recently read an article on Huffington Post regarding those Bernie Sanders supporters who’ve said they won’t support Clinton if she’s the Democratic presidential nominee, and I wanted to share a bit from the article because it sums up my feelings on the situation.
To my progressive and liberal friends who support Bernie Sanders: I’m starting to get a little worried. You see, I see some of you spending a lot of time talking about Hillary Clinton as though she is the enemy. And I get why you’re concerned about her in the primary. I really do.
I understand why you prefer Bernie to her as president. In a better world, I would too. His values line up with mine better than Hillary’s do when it comes to economic issues. It should be pretty clear that I’m every bit the Democratic Socialist. We only disagree in how effective someone of Bernie’s temperament and self-identification could be in the job.
What has me worried is that there’s so much on which Bernie and Hillary agree and which I think we agree is important: education, reproductive issues, the Voting Rights Act, immigration, campaign finance reform, gay rights, gun control, equal pay, minimum wage hikes, protecting Social Security and Medicare, strengthening/improving the ACA, Affirmative Action, pursuing hate crimes, medical marijuana, climate change, Keystone, subsidized child care, TPP, NAFTA (yes, they were BOTH against it, check the record), Citizens United, veterans’ issues, the list goes on.
These are all issues on which these two are in agreement, but the gulf between them and the Republicans is vast. Much as the gulf between what you want and what the Republicans say they will do on these issues is vast. And yet, what I am hearing is that Hillary Clinton is the enemy and that she must be stopped at all costs.
The idea that any Democrat would sit out a presidential election – given the stakes in 2016 – seems counterproductive. After all, keeping the presidency in Democratic hands in 2016 is going to be really damn important, given how unlikely it is that Democrats will regain control of either the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. We need a Democratic president in order to serve as a check against Republicans in Congress who’d love nothing more than the opportunity to undo the accomplishments of President Obama and Democrats.