I’m already sick of these damn Bernie Bots and Russian trolls trying to divide us. “Why Bernie supporters should crush Beto supporters” says one article. There’s another article saying why liberals should abandon Hillary. It’s written by a right-wing columnist, and liberals are sharing it. Really? You want to take advice from these people?
When progressives fight it’s exactly what the Republicans want.
NO. NO CRUSHING OTHER DEMOCRATS. And yes, I know that Bernie isn’t really a Democrat but it does us absolutely no good to trash him, either.
When discussing potential candidates, there are two big questions:
1. Who do I like best?
2. Who do I think can win?
These are often not the same person. I’ve been voting in Democratic primaries since 1976 and the only time the candidate I wanted in the primary got the nomination was with Obama. And in every single case, the person who was nominated was still better than the Republican candidate.
Demanding perfection and turning on anyone who isn’t on your side 100% means you are destroying the candidate who is only on your side 75% of the time. And then the Republican who is on your side 0% of the time wins.
Stop demonizing the candidates who aren’t perfect in your eyes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying “We have many good candidates, but I prefer X.”
Stop doing the job of Republicans and Russian trolls.