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Bernie Sanders is the Best Possible Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate

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When I first read the inevitable, that Bernie Sanders had endorsed Clinton in New Hampshire, one of his strongest states, I went into mourning. The mourning period lasted for about 12 minutes. Even the Washington Post said it sounded like he was continuing the fight.

The pundits may speculate endlessly about this new development, but I must go on record right here and now to say that I don't see a way Clinton can win without Bernie Sanders as her running mate. As repulsive as that has sounded in the past, this might be an inexorable truth, which may become clear to Clinton as time goes on, especially as her credibility woes and legal baggage increase.

Sanders' June speech was titled "The Political Revolution Continues." This one in New Hampshire was more conciliatory: "This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face," he added, with Clinton nodding at his side. "And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that."

There is no one other than Sanders that has the ideological pull, the candidate's charisma, and the devoted followers, who might mourn and/or gag for 12 minutes like I did, and then move on to the Real Politik and realize that as President of the Senate, one of the major functions of the Vice President, Bernie's ability to further advance his plans and reforms would make a quantum leap from platform planks to actual legislation.

I am a member of some 800 Facebook Bernie Groups, some of which are virulently anti-Hillary. I will spare you the names of the groups, but suffice it to say that if he is not on the ticket, a lot of them will go for Jill Stein, or will write Bernie's name in. On the other hand, such a ticket would pick up most of the Sanders supporters, I would surmise, about 80-85% thereof.

He didn't convince me today to vote for Hillary Clinton, not at all. I have devoted months and thousands of hours to researching and writing about election rigging, vote "flipping," and, what I know the most about, the voter purges in New York State. I wrote a petition on Moveon. Org that almost 7000 people signed, asking the Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, to go to Federal Court to get an order for a new primary for New York. That was ignored, as were the hundreds of letters to the crusading US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, asking the same thing. As a last resort, we turned to Bernie's campaign lawyer, Brad Deutsch, sending him several hundred emails from many still devoted to the apparently naà ve concept that elections should be honest and clean, and those, too, I regret to say, were ignored. We had held out, hoping that either before the convention or at the convention, these grave concerns would be aired, but that is not going to happen, I am sad to say, not by the victim of these stolen elections, anyway, Bernie Sanders himself. Maybe that is what it really boils down to for Bernie: how to help the American people to whom he is so deeply devoted, the voiceless, the poor, and even a few of the disenfranchised, by putting aside personal ambition and going for the greater good.

Maybe even the Republicans and Trump himself will allow all of those rigged primaries to be swept under the rug. Maybe even the Right Wing Radio Talk show hosts will ignore them in toto. Maybe I and those 7000 signers of the petition were just too naà ve and too hopeful that something as unprecedented as a Federal court order for a state primary to be entirely redone, with monitors and safeguards, as if New York had become a Third World nation, could actually happen.

We will have to learn to be silent, but cannot forget what happened, nor should we ever forget this hijacked election that proved so important in the scheme of things. It is like the Emperor's New Clothes, or perhaps more like the DNC ushering all of the lemmings to jump off the cliff.

If Bernie Sanders is not to be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, it will be a long drop for all of those lemmings, and we will have 4 or 8 years of Donald Trump. Not only would Hillary lose, but it would be the end of the Democratic Party for decades.

On the other hand, if Bernie were the VP candidate, there would be a coattails effect and many of the Bernie Congressional Candidates would pull through to victory.

I am not a soothsayer, nor an apparatchik, nor a defeatist trying to make the best of a defeat. I know enough about the Senate that I can accurately predict that Sanders would make a brilliant and very active Vice President of the United States. Clinton is a smart woman, and may in due course recognize that her election depends on Bernie Sanders being on the ticket.

If she hasn't by now, her counselors should tell her, and certainly this message should show up in thousands of letters to the editor all over the United States, as the Battle of the Editorial page continues.


Brief History of the US Vice President

Vice Presidents who Became President

John Adams, elected president in 1796, lost reelection in 1800

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