Over 13 million people voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party primaries. This does not include the caucuses, which only calculates delegates. In the end, Jill Stein received 1.3 million votes, a million more than in 2012. The question arises, “Where did the Bernie people go?” They didn’t go Green, that’s for sure.
During the campaign Stein made a futile attempt to lure either Sanders to the Green Party, or in a more destructive manner, lure the Greens into the Democratic Party. Fortunately, Sanders ignored her; never took her call. But then again, Ralph Nader said Sanders hasn’t taken his call in 18 years. Guess Jill needs better lessons from her advisors on how to pander more effectively. Those Stein advisors advocating for such a fusion simply showed their incompetence, not just their indifference toward the Green Party.
I think most people would have to admit that if the Democratic Party nominee were Sanders and not Clinton, we wouldn’t be talking about giving security clearance to the wildlife killer and his disgusting family. Maybe they’d find some dirt on Sanders after all but it would pale to whatever the Trumpster dumpster would dig up.
Elections are won on momentum, or as the Yale alum George HW called it, ‘the Big Mo’. Sanders may have lost the early votes in the South in the primaries, as he wasn’t as known as Hillary was, but he gained it afterwards and only came to a crashing defeat in the end in California, where so many feel that primary was rigged. (The media, working for Clinton, called it for her before the end of the polling day, discouraging his voters from voting. We usually call that voter suppression but that’s only when the Republicans do it.)
If things were kosher, the election results would most likely have gone to Bernie Sanders. Instead, the DNC rigged the entire process to anoint the only person in America who could lose to Trump in a General Election. But getting back to the main question, where did his voters actually go?
I would surmise that most of them stayed home and maybe saw a marathon of Dr. Who. Here we have 13 million who despised Hillary during the primaries. According to the New York Times exit polls for the general election, of those who say she’s honest, 94% were Democrats. Of those who say no, 20% were. Many of those 20% were likely Sanders supporters but still the numbers don’t add up. Where did they go? Trump? Stay home? Neither Stein nor Johnson absorbed that large number of votes.
Bottom line is that Jill’s attempt to woo Berniebots failed. What would have been worse if she had succeeded in wooing Sanders himself. Regardless of who would have headed the ticket, even though it was suggested that Jill would take second fiddle, it is most likely that in a 3 way race (excluding Johnson), the Green ticket would have reaped enormous benefits. However, that would have been the end of the Green Party as we know it. Coming off the Houston Presidential Convention for the Green Party in August of 2016 with a commitment to being anti-capitalist, eco-socialist, having Sanders heading the ticket would make a mockery of all we did leading up to Houston. We would be His party, not the Green Party. We would call for a break up of the banks, rather than its nationalization. We would be playing nice with Israel, funding it and giving it diplomatic cover at the UN, rather than calling for the end of the apartheid regime.
Those who advised Jill Stein to pander to Sanders did not have the Green Party’s future in mind. Their interest was purely to enhance political power for individuals at the expense of the ideals we in the Greens are fighting for.