Bernie Sanders has faced criticism, some of it fair, for creating more intra-party tensions than necessary in recent months. His detractors, however, should give the Vermont senator credit now for doing precisely what Democrats hoped to see him do.
There will be plenty of debate about whether or not he's too late and why he didn't take constructive steps sooner, but as NBC News reported today, Sanders isn't on board with the disruptive tactics of his most ardent backers.
The Bernie or Bust movement appears to have been busted by Bernie.... As if making up for lost time, [Sen. Bernie Sanders] crisscrossed a sprawling hotel and convention center complex downtown to take the message from his speech directly to individual state delegations.
From New York to Wisconsin to Iowa to California to Florida to Montana to Alaska, his message to the delegates was the same: The only way for his supporters to continue what they started is to elect Clinton and stop Donald Trump.
Not surprisingly, this message wasn't well received among his backers in the California delegation, some of whom adopted far-right Republican mantras as their own yesterday, but the senator, again to his credit, didn't placate them.
"It's easy to boo," Sanders said. "But it is harder to look your kids in the face who will be living under a Donald Trump presidency."
And what about his supporters who may be thinking about throwing their support to third-party candidates who stand no realistic chance of winning the presidency? Sanders was specifically asked this morning at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast about the Green Party's Jill Stein.