Bernie Sanders Just Made It Official: He Isn’t Dropping Out.

(Is the Bern still sheepdogging? Is the metric revolving around the DNC being afraid that if “the revolution” ends too soon, the revolutionaries might tend to lean in The Donald’s direction? Do they need The Donald to do a little more to make himself look like a crazed loon? Hard too say. Inquiring minds want too know. All I can say is, he’s not on stage raising Killary’s hand high yet. Are they just saving that dramatic scene for the convention? We will see)

from Mother Jones

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday night shifted the focus of his presidential campaign, re-framing it as a long-term movement and pledging to fight for change at the Democratic National Convention and beyond.

“Defeating Donald Trump cannot be our only goal,” Sanders said in an online address watched by some 100,000 people. “We must continue our grassroots effort to create the America that we know we can become. And we must take that energy into the Democratic National Convention.”

Noting that he had recently met with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Sanders made clear that he would not drop out of the presidential race anytime soon. “I look forward in coming weeks to continued discussion between the two campaigns,” he said, adding that he wanted to make certain that the Democratic Party passes the most progressive platform in its history and becomes “a party of working people and young people and not just wealthy campaign contributors.”

Sanders did not indicate which of his campaign’s core issues might be priorities in his negotiations with Clinton; instead, he rattled off more than a dozen talking points, from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and winning pay equity for women to implementing a carbon tax and ending “perpetual wars.”

The speech seemed aimed at shifting the focus of Berners from the presidential election to longer-term progressive goals, while still maintaining their interest and enthusiasm. The campaign’s latest slogan—”the political revolution continues”—repeatedly surfaced as a theme.

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2 Responses

  1. Woof, woof!
    Only a sheep would believe the shepherd is on its side. And the dog … he’ll eat a sheep given half a chance especially when the shepherd’s out looking for the next place to bomb.
    High drama, indeed!

  2. I thought this was interesting

    “What we found is that, on average, states that do not have paper trails were won by Secretary Clinton at a rate of about 65%. In contrast, in the states that do have a paper trail, the Secretary won at a rate of about 49%. These differences were statistically significant.”

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