Bernie will not be a stinker
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Dave Winer

To Bernie's supporters who say they won't vote for HRC if she's the eventual nominee, I have a few things to say.

It's meaningless now. What matters is what you do in November. And if Bernie loses the nomination, if he has any love for our country, he'll be campaigning actively for HRC. If not, he's playing a dangerous game with our future, and doesn't, imho, deserve your support.

There's a lot of powerless talk now. People don't have any control over events. We all have our say. You have to convince us if you want to win. The first sign of a revolutionary is not that they pout, or feel self-pity -- that's not revolutionary. It's a relentlessness, that if you don't get it this year, you'll be back next year. And the year after that. Etc.

HRC was 60 when she lost to Obama in 2008. So what did she do? Sulk? Complain? Not vote for Obama? Stay silent when her pouting supporters complained? No, she picked herself up and got busy, and came back at age 68 to try again. She never claimed to be a revolutionary but that's a lot more revolutionary than being a victim.

There's a context to this year's vote that's inescapable. In 2012 if you abstained, the worst that would have happened is Mitt Romney, which would have been pretty bad considering that Congress was about to become fully Republican. But this year, abstaining could mean turning the US over to a crazy KKK-loving Nazi strongman. One that even the Repubs don't support. That's pretty damned awful if you stop and think about it!

No, we don't have to worry about this. The threat isn't credible. Come November Bernie's supporters will do the right thing. Bernie himself will do the right thing.