Courtesy of New York Magazine:
On Wednesday evening, multiple outlets reported that the Clinton and Sanders campaigns were finalizing the terms of the Vermont senator’s endorsement, and discussing the possibility of holding a joint rally next week in New Hampshire. Later that night, Sanders confirmed those reports.
“I think at the end of the day, there is going to be a coming together,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “And we’re going to go forward together and not only defeat Trump, but defeat him badly.”
“So, you’re not denying the report that there are talks about a possible endorsement?” Hayes asked.
“That’s correct,” Sanders replied.
Sanders's confirmation of a “possible endorsement” came on the same day that he was booed by a few of his colleagues on Capitol Hill. According to Politico, after a House Democrat asked Sanders why he had yet to endorse the presumptive nominee, the Vermont senator replied, “The goal isn't to win elections. The goal is to transform America.” A few of his fellow lawmakers loudly disagreed.
So a couple of questions occur to me.
Since very recently Sanders was claiming that he remained unsatisfied with the Democratic party platform because it did not contain language condemning TPP nor guaranteeing the $15 minimum wage hike, are we to believe that he has now become satisfied simply with the fact that Clinton has agreed to a plan to make college more affordable?
Or was it perhaps the Democratic boos the other morning which signified to him that the jig was up?
And if indeed he is about to endorse Clinton and end his campaign, then why in the hell is that soon to be non-existent campaign seeking a permit to hold a rally on the evening before the DNC convention?
And what does all of this mean for his never say die Bernie-Bros?
Personally I get the impression that Sanders made this decision quite recently, and that it was not made because he, or his supporters, actually got everything they were asking for.