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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bye Bye Bernie

- Bernie’s Uninspiring Endorsement ...

Bernie Sanders went off for a month to contemplate life after the revolution, and this was the best he could come up with? “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that.”

So said Sanders at a rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he appeared on stage with Hillary Clinton as an ally for the first time. As big events go, it felt pretty small, with Sanders waving his arms around and offering up his usual list of shouted slogans.

Sanders avoided subjects like war and foreign affairs, since he and Clinton disagree violently on those things. He harped on his successes, which was understandable, but it was passing strange when he claimed that he and his backers “showed the world that we could run a successful national campaign based on small individual contributions.”

Yes, if you define successful as losing ....

- Does Hillary Clinton even need Bernie Sanders? ...

Bernie Sanders at long last appeared alongside Hillary Clinton on Tuesday morning in New Hampshire for an endorsement that had been a long time coming — surely too long, if you are on Team Clinton — but was also somewhat anti-climactic.

Of course Clinton would prefer to unite her party and have Sanders's long-withheld support to ensure against his supporters staying home or perhaps even supporting Donald Trump.

But in recent weeks, it's also become clear they were very unlikely to do that.

In fact, two polls showed Sanders supporters rallying to Clinton rather quickly and overwhelmingly, with more than 8 in 10 saying they would support Clinton in the general election. In both polls, fewer than 1 in 10 Sanders backers indicated that they would support Trump — despite his efforts to woo them ...


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