What Sanders should demand from Clinton

hillary-clinton-bernie-sandersBernie Sanders would be a fool to endorse Hillary Clinton in return for concessions in the Democratic platform.

Voters don’t pay any attention to the platform, and candidates don’t, either.  The important thing for Sanders to demand is appointment of members and staff of the Democratic National Committee who will support pro-worker candidates instead pro-Wall Street candidates for Congress and state offices.

Hillary Clinton would be a fool to put Sanders people on the Democratic National Committee in return for his endorsement.

Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton wouldn’t mean that much.

Most of the Sanders supporters whom I know think of Sanders as a bold reformer and Clinton as an overly cautious reformer.  They’d vote for Clinton, regardless of what Sanders says, because they think of her, not as a lesser evil, but as a lesser good.

Sanders supporters like me, who think there is a fundamental difference between pro-worker and pro-Wall Street candidates, would not be swayed by a Sanders endorsement.  Our opinions were formed before Sanders entered the race.

What Sanders can offer Clinton that is of value is his mailing list of small donors.  That is a treasure of enormous value for any candidate or slate of candidates.  The only circumstance it which it would be worth handing over, would be if the Democratic National Committee and its staff were replaced with Sanders’ people.

Arguably such a deal would both improve Clinton’s chances of winning in November, and be in the long-range interest of progressives and working people—a win-win for both sides.  But it wouldn’t be in the interest of Clinton’s big donors, and I’d be amazed if she agreed to it.

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The ideal result would be an independent organization, representing Sanders’ platform and with Sanders’ donor list, which would work on behalf of candidates who share Sanders’ vision.

LINKS

Bernie Sanders’ legacy: One of the most valuable donor lists ever by Shane Goldmacher for POLITICO [Added 6/8/2016]

Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Pick Influence Peddlers to Guide DNC Platform by Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani for The Intercept.

Sanders: DNC vetoed union leader pick for platform committee by David Weigel for the Washington Post.

What Bernie Supporters Want by Shawn Gude and Matt Karp for Jacobin.

Top Dems in talks on how to push Sanders to end campaign by Mark Hensch for The Hill.

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