If we were to turn back the clock to late 2014 and early 2015 - or even further to Spring 2013 - there was a great deal of rumbling. Folks at all the Hillary social media sites, Facebook groups and pages, Twitter accounts, and blogs were agitating for Hillary Clinton to run for president. For her part, Hillary moved very slowly and deliberately -- too slowly for many while here I kept insisting that we hold back and let her think about this monumental decision.
April 2015, she announced and many, many people leaped for joy and
jumped on the bandwagon. Among these were the people who had been
prodding her all along to enter the race. This included thousands -
maybe tens of thousands of voters at social media sites long-dedicated
to Hillary and big wigs in the Democratic party who had expressed hopes
that she would run.
In the 14 months since that announcement, we
have not seen a single special delegate flip to Bernie Sanders. In the
social media I have not seen a single status update, tweet, or essay by
anyone explaining that they had flipped to Bernie. Recently I have seen
such entries from folks who had been supporting Sanders explaining why
they were flipping to Hillary.
In what world, given this history, would any special delegates now move from Hillary's column to Bernie's?
2008 we did see people peel off of Hillary when she suspended her
campaign and supported the Obama-Biden ticket. My sense is that they
have never returned. I don't see them on Facebook anymore. Maybe they
have unfriended me. But I have not seen a single supporter drop Hillary
for Bernie in this cycle.
When Bernie Sanders fantasizes that
special delegates (SuperDs) will switch from Hillary to him, he is
speaking, overwhelmingly, of the very people who begged her to run in
the first place. They were the people who had her ear, and she heard
them. So what is he talking about?
We know he has ignited a
movement, but long before he did, Hillary did the same thing in 2008 and
people who heard her then stayed with her over all these years.
Hillary has a movement too, and it had momentum right up front when she
Nothing Bernie has said, no 'plan' he has laid out has
provided any reason for us to swing away from Hillary who has a talent
for integrated, complex, detailed plans in her DNA. We like her. We
like how she thinks, how she listens, how she applies what she hears,
and how she explains what she is going to do and how she is going to do
it. We asked her to run! That goes for all of us who have
voted for her and plan to vote for her again and again. We love her for
what she is doing for all of us.
You can put your cardboard
cutout of Trump in front of us and say what you will about it. We know
the person who can explain to the American people why she and not he
represents a strong, secure, and prosperous future for this country.
it is time. It is time for Bernie to dismount from that unicorn he
rides. The Democratic Party allowed him to make a run under our
umbrella. But Democrats did not vote for him in droves. They voted for
Hillary. She has been our candidate from before she was a candidate,
and nobody is going to switch from a work horse to a unicorn now.
Bernie came into the tent under rules. He should respect them and stop
talking about manipulating them. While he speaks of flipping SuperDs, he
himself flips and flops over how he views them. It is time for him to
face facts #WeAreWithHer. We have been all along.
It is not that we have not heard Bernie. We have – loud and clear.
We have listened carefully. We did not and do not like what we hear. You are in the boat. It is time to fish or cut bait, or, as Hillary likes to remind us, at least all row in the same direction.