The inevitable Democrat nominee from day one and Bernie Sanders met for two hours yesterday as the Democrat primary winds down. Hillary Clinton has already clinched the nomination, and Bernie can’t mathematically change that based on the number of delegates remaining. Of course, socialists haven’t been known for their expertise at mathematics, so perhaps that’s why he’s remaining in the race (though my suspicion is he’s hoping the FBI remains in the race).
So what did the two talk about? Many had expected Bernie to officially drop out following the meeting. Well they were wrong. Hillary is going to be feeling the Bern for some time.
NBC News reports: Afterwards, both candidates released nearly identical statements calling the meeting “positive” and saying they had agreed to work together to defeat Donald Trump.
“The two discussed a variety of progressive issues where they share common goals like raising wages for working families, eliminating undisclosed money in politics and reducing the cost of college for students and their families,” a Clinton official said, echoing the same policy items listed in Sanders’ statement.
However, while Clinton’s statement discussed “unifying the party,” Sanders’ made no mention of the “u” word.Still, Sanders has refused to concede the race. He hoped to extract concessions from Clinton on the Democratic platform and other issues during Tuesday’s confab, their first face-to-face meeting in months. Earlier in the day, despite being hours away from losing his ninth contest out of the last 12, Sanders issued a series of demands ahead of the meeting.
He called for a replacement to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman with whom his campaign has often feuded, an end to super delegates, more open primaries, and the most progressive platform in the party’s history.
Clearly, Sanders is not going to go gently into that good night.
But if Sanders staying in the race increases the odds of Wasserman Schultz’s departure, I’m on board.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]