An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters

Dear Friends:

Happy Monday and here’s to a new week. Yes, the Nevada results stung on Saturday. But it’s a testament to how far we’ve come that we are disappointed we didn’t come out on top in a state we were given absolutely no chance of winning a few short weeks ago  – and one whose popular vote Obama lost by 8 points in 2008.

After Nevada, the score stands at 1-1-1 and we are tied with Clinton in the pledged delegate count at 51 each (the superdelegate issue is a whole separate story). That’s 51 each, with a total of 2,032 delegates necessary to win the nomination. There are 47 states to go. Clearly, we are in the very early days of what is the ultimate long game: an American presidential nomination.

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Photo: Gage Skidmore

State by state, stitch by stitch, Bernie is weaving a new progressive coalition in America. This coalition is the rightful heir to the New Deal coalition, which brought us Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, FDIC banking insurance, and civil and voting rights in the South. In Iowa, he first showed he could win an overwhelming majority of young people. In New Hampshire, he added majorities of women, working-class and rural voters. In Nevada, he polled surprisingly well among Latinos. In fact, Bernie has won over 60% of the popular vote to date. All of this is a recipe for a lasting progressive majority in the United States – if the Democratic Party only knew enough to get out of its own way.

Our job now is to carry on our work with cheer and camaraderie, energy and exuberance, resilience and resolution and relentlessness. Let the media drone on with its false framing about Clinton’s “inevitability”: the fact that it totally missed this movement at the outset did not stop it from growing into a groundswell. Nor will it stop that groundswell now from rewriting the rules of American politics. I am proud beyond words to be a part of this, in however small a way. Thank you all so much.

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Photo: Bernie Sanders Facebook
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