Waiting for Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton sure took a while longer than was usually the norm, prompting many to be dismissive of the 74 years old senator from Vermont as a mean, petulant, egocentric fellow who could not take a defeat with grace and equanimity. That much-awaited endorsement, at last, came today at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as Sanders and Clinton held hands together in a sign of unity to signal to all the doubting Thomases of the world that what is at stake in this year’s presidential election is way more than just one individual, either vanquished or victorious at the primaries.
“I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president,” Sanders said at a well attended joint rally in Portsmouth. “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination and I congratulate her for that.”
The optics were remarkable, and the endorsement in itself was full-throated and no-holds-barred. But it should not end there in New Hampshire where Hillary Clinton had received one of the worst shellackings she’d experienced at the hands of Sanders during the unnecessarily prolonged primaries. With everything he’s got, we hope Sanders will throw himself into the fight on behalf of Clinton and the vast majority of Americans who stand a whole lot to benefit from what the Democratic Party is offering them compared to what the competition represented by Donald Trump is trumpeting.
By coming together as a united front, Sanders and Clinton have demonstrated that, although primaries could be raucous and acrimonious, the goals towards which they all aspire are the same, and that both of them are kindred spirits after all. Sanders deserves our unstinting gratitude and admiration for the endorsement. In the meantime, Clinton should be congratulated on her willingness to accommodate many of the suggestions which the Sanders campaign had pushed as the sine qua non for the thumbs up she so desirably sought and so fortunately got today from her former rival.
Now, let them take the fight to Trump.