Reprinted from Reader Supported News
In February of 2015, when Bernie Sanders was traveling around Iowa in a Dodge muscle car trying to decide if he should run for president, I asked him what he needed to see to decide to run. His answer was not selfish: it wasn't about his political future, it was about the future of the progressive movement. It wasn't about whether Bernie Sanders could win, but whether a run for president would benefit the progressive movement. He made the right decision. Bernie's campaign has launched a progressive political revolution.
As Bernie contemplates the next step, we should trust that he will do the right thing for the movement. If he endorses Hillary Clinton for president, we should trust that it is the right thing for our movement. He is not going to come out and say "we lost, I'm going home now, so Hillary Clinton is now your leader." He will continue to lead the political revolution. So I say to Bernie-or-Busters, trust Bernie and continue to follow his lead. He will not lead us astray.
I will be going to The People's Summit in Chicago next week. Nina Turner, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Chuy Garcia, and RoseAnn DeMoro are the Bernie surrogates who will be there. It will be the start of the discussion on where we go from here. Remember, this campaign has been about us from the beginning. Who we vote for in November is a tactic, not the endgame. If Bernie's name is not on the ballot, we should vote for the candidate our movement can have the greatest influence on. I'm pretty sure that Bernie Sanders will tell us that is Hillary Clinton.
We have already forced Hillary Clinton to change her position on the TPP and the Keystone XL pipeline. She recently came out in favor of adding a public option to Obamacare that is a back door to single payer. Her debt-free college tuition plan is a step in the right direction. She is for a $12-an-hour national minimum wage, but wouldn't oppose $15-an-hour if we put it on her desk.