Delegate Diary: An Open Letter to Demexit, from a Bernie Delegate

by Bob Aagard
by Bob Aagard

Dear Berner leaving the Democratic Party because Bernie lost:

Bye, Felicia. But, seriously, you can’t call yourselves Berners anymore, because he is Berning for her, and he asked us to join him. THIS is what democracy looks like: you win some and you lose some, and sometimes you have to swallow a bitter pill for the long-term gain. As Ted Kennedy said: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

I get it: There are issues with Mrs Clinton. I could run down a few issues I disagree with her on as well as a few personality issues I have with her as well. But guess what? There are some personality and policy issues I have with Bernie Sanders. There is no perfect candidate.

You want reasons to vote for Hillary, so I will give them: 1) She’s the only viable candidate left who can beat Donald Trump. #2-whatever: marriage for everybody, health care, minimum wage, abortion, freedom to worship how or where we want, including the freedom not to worship, making real steps toward reforming immigration, health care. Oh, and if you really thing Donald is really on your side on TPP, I have some of the finest Trump Steaks to sell you.

Some of you complain that you have been bullied since you got here. The only bullies I have seen have been Berners. Trust me, being a fat kid, I know bullies. The media hasn’t given you unfair coverage this week. In fact, they have over-represented you, making it sound like you speak for all Bernie delegates. You don’t.

I have voted for Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Greens. But, in some elections, it’s more important to vote for the candidate who can do the most good, and that’s why I’m #BerningForHer.

Let me tell you something I have learned the hard way: reforming the party doesn’t come from the outside, it can only be done from within. Weeping, wailing, and gnashing your teeth standing outside the door will only get you pushed further out the door. Stay with us, and we will work on changes. If you leave, we will keep the door open for you, but we won’t spend much time missing you — we’re too busy trying to win. When you are ready to stop being ridiculous, walk back in with open arms, and we will give you a hug.

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