Why is the media so surprised and perplexed that Bernie refuses to give up? His agenda is as clear as day: he is refusing to let the Clintons triangulate their way to the Oval Office, and dumping progressive issues along the way.
The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.
Among the top echelon of potential 2016 presidential nominees, I don't see a more effective fighter for progressive values than Elizabeth Warren. We must remember that the best chance we have to move our party forward is to nominate strong progressives.
The far more important question is how we win the bigger more consequential war that sparked this little back-and-forth this week: the war that Wall Street and the other powers that be are fighting to defeat the progressive populist ideas of our leaders and our movement.
In its successive drafts, the DNC party platform moved from progressive to liberal to conservative, offering clear evidence that the Democratic Leadership Council and its corporate cronies still control the Democratic Party apparatus.
Those of us who want real change must hold with one hand to the absolute necessity of an Obama victory and with the other to the possibility that pragmatic cynicism may be precisely not the road to achieve victory.