Cindy Conry: I like your thinking in that without him on the ticket, she hasn't a chance. However, I also don't think that she wound pick anyone as ethical as Bernie. She would ALWAYS have to watch her back because her history shows scandal after scandal. Changing ones behavior is not easy. First you have to recognize the behavior and admit it. I don't think she is capable of that. Therefore it's a great hope, but no.
John Lanza: I agree. Bernie would transform the VP position and use it as a bully pulpit to rally his army to action. I don't know if Clinton can swallow her pride enough to do it
James McShane: Hillary is an idiot not to name Bernie VP
Joan Banach: I couldn't agree with you more. I am not sure that I mourn, but it is a dispiriting and sadness and disbelief of a profound nature when I see Bernie Sanders onstage with Clinton - knowing, believing, how hard it was to do what he had to do. Post Sanders private tête--tête with Obama, sanders entire demeanor changed. I don't know what was said, but it marked a quantum change in his energy. His effort to reconcile and go forward is something heroic.
The DNC is a dead, corrupt, and dysfunctional organization in my view. I was appalled by their treatment of Sanders, and by their blind stupidity. I have been a lifelong democrat, but I plan to reregister as an independent when this charade, this disaster of an election is over. Thanks for sending me this fine letter. MSNBC would have us believe that all of Sanders supporters are on the Hillary train. Not by a long chalk.
It is written well but...1) None of us would still vote for HER even if he were VP and we would simply lose every last bit of respect for Bernie.
2) Bernie did NOT concede.
DNC Rules state that he must endorse her or his delegates do not get to speak at the convention. FDR did this too and went on to win. Bernie has had a conference call with his delegates and asked that they all still vote for him at the convention. Do not give up. We have until after the convention and then we can plan B if we must.
Thomas Goodfellow: First of all thank you for trying to right the wrongs of the flawed 2016 NY Democratic Presidential Primary. I think your op-ed should be published. I agree there are many Bernie supporters who would enthusiastically accept a ticket including Bernie as VP the candidate. I agree it would be a smart move to bring Bernie supporters over to the ticket.
Personally, I don't think that is going to happen. I have thought a Jeff Merkeley candidacy would be a real unifier. He seems to be respected by Bernie supporters and the Clinton establishment. Bernie will still be a US Senator with a considerable mandate that cannot be ignored. I think he would be more effective there as a moral compass. I'd prefer to see him maintain his independence. Let the other folks sink or swim in their barren fallow. I expect Bernie will continue to stand as a conscience for the people.
Bobbie Oakland: I think you have probably come as close to future reality as one can, given there is no reliable hard data to draw from in order to make a solid prediction. We can only rely on our own gut feelings and the snippets of emotion on Twitter and elsewhere that range from total outrage against Bernie, to resignation, to continued hope in a revolution. I agree that Bernie's supporters, for a very large part, will abandon the Democratic Party and anyone associated with it because that is what I will do. And I also think that Bernie as VP is Hillary's only hope to ensure victory. Otherwise, Bernie supporters will scatter to the wind.
There is one more horrifying consideration. Trump is vetting Newt Gingrich for VP. If he chooses him, and wins, and then walks out having satisfied his ego-based desire to win and then his showman's urge to shock (which I believe he will do), we would be left with a truly horrifying reality: President Gingrich. This is worse than President Clinton. We are not in a good place and can only pray that Hillary will wait on her VP choice until after Trump announces his. Glad I live in Europe.
Diane Gatley: I would've voted for her over Trump except for this fraudulent election. I could not see Bernie accepting the position as her Vice President, but he might, as he has humbled himself so much already. And, I believe, as you do, that it is the only way I would vote for her. There are a lot of us out here that feel as I do. It would make the difference in us going for Stein, Trump or no vote if Bernie was on the ticket. Good job, Stephen!
Marcia Kirschbaum: I love your passion. Your letter is well written. Foremost, I am still of the belief that Bernie could very well end up with the nomination, via the convention. HRC has way too much baggage, negative ratings, etc... And the DNC cares MUCH more about beating the Republican Party than it does crowning her, in the long run, so don't be so quick to rule that out. They are trying to shove her down our throats, but this forced by the DNC rules endorsement has only made us all that much more determined to get Bernie and his down ticket alliances to the finish line.
Secondly, Bernie has a much better offer from Jill Stein, which has multiple benefits: