Bernie Sanders built a sand castle on the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans wanting to bring real change to their government. But now the tide is coming in, and while the Democratic Party establishment was happy to allow him to dip his feet into the campaign waters, since Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee they are no longer amused at his attempts to stay in the game. But should he just give in to their silent demands or make a last ditch effort to change things for good, despite the odds that are stacked against him?
The last Democratic Primary will occur in the District of Columbia this week, and the final votes will be cast to decide the presidential nominee. But despite the fact that the results won’t change the final outcome, Sanders is not expected to suspend his campaign and will likely go to the Democratic Convention, something he has had to repeat to a disbelieving media almost every day. However he has subtly shifted the sands of his campaign goals towards reforming the DNC and defeating Donald Trump rather than going after Clinton, a potential sign of his future support for the candidate after the convention.
Sanders’ fans should not feel betrayed though, since he plans to make his demands for change very clear to the front runner at a meeting after the final primary, using his considerable number of victories as leverage. Clinton for her part, is happy to meet with Sanders in the hope that she is able to gain the support of his white working class and younger followers. The DNC is very happy about the meeting because it will look like a show of unity, something the party desperately needs in its face off against the Republican Party, which is itself struggling with unity. But only time will tell if the Democrats, and especially the Sanders supporters, can effectively come together to win the White House, or whether they will keep their heads buried in the sand.
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