Keep in mind the central and critical purpose of ALL of this democratic activity surrounding who is going to be our next President. Our ultimate goal is to bring into our political structures enough people who are willing and able to respond to our collective political dictates. As usual, this is going to boil down to a contest between the elected representatives of two parties -- the Democrats and the Republicans. Setting aside the Republican prospects of this electoral process, for the moment, let's just consider our options and their ramifications for the two top candidates for the Democratic Party.
Because of the growing divisiveness between Hillary and Bernie, should she be selected by the Democrats to be their nominee for President, a large number of the discouraged former Bernie supporters -- in particular the Progressive and much of the Liberal wings of the party -- will probably just not participate and stay home on voting day. This withdrawal of support by the disillusioned Bernie crowd will also be reflected in a major weakening of support for Congressional members, as well. Compound that with the obvious near total rejection of everything Clinton by the Republicans and we most likely could end up with a severely handicapped Democratic Party -- in both the Executive and Congressional branches of government. T hus, the country will be forced to accept a dominating Republican Party to, once again, run roughshod over our wishes.
Now, let's consider the ramifications of the other front-runner for the Democratic Party -- Bernie Sanders. Should he win the party election to be the Democratic nominee to run against the Republicans, it is most likely that the bulk of the rest of the Democratic Party will rally in support, as that is a traditional practice among the Democrats. Of course there will be some holdouts, but their number will not be anywhere near as large as it would be if Hillary is selected.
The ultimate considerations have to do with who -- between Hillary and Bernie -- c ould win the race for the Presidency AND how much support would they bring with them into Congress. As I stated above, because of her weakened support, Hillary would take office with weakened Democratic support and absolutely NO Republican support from Congress.
On the other hand, a Bernie Presidency would not only bring a more supportive Democratic Party but the very real prospect of some support from various members of the Republican Party, as polls are already beginning to reflect a growing number of discouraged Republicans abandoning Donald Trump for the financially uncompromised Sanders.
As for a Trump presidency, after the results of a very unique and hard-fought battle for the Presidency between Trump (or any other Republican candidate) and Bernie, there is no doubt that there would be a much larger Democratic standing in Congress than there would be in the aftermath of a Republican /Clinton battle.
Take these irrefutable facts into the voting booth, when it comes time for you to vote!
(Article changed on February 11, 2016 at 01:55)