Robert Borosage: With President Obama literally “passing the baton” to Hillary Clinton – and Clinton choosing dramatically to join him on stage after he roused the audience to “keep it going” – the Clinton campaign clearly has chosen to present her candidacy as a continuation of the Obama era.
Robert Borosage: Clinton’s job was not simply to reintroduce someone who has been before Americans for over a quarter of a century, it was to make the case that she “is the best darn change maker I have ever known.”
Robert Borosage: The next movement waves—climate change, student debt, protests against systemic inequality and brutal policing—will continue to shake the establishment.
Robert Borosage: The Sanders critique of Clinton still holds. The actual programs are less bold than the goals. The public investment agenda is grander in rhetoric than in financial commitment.
Robert Borosage: The hand-wringing and rumor-mongering are pure melodrama. Sanders has already made it clear – repeatedly – what he will do. The real question is not about what Bernie will do, but about what Clinton will do. Here’s what Bernie has told us he will do.
Robert Borosage: In a clear statement – largely distorted by the media – Bernie Sanders vowed to keep building the movement for change, designating the defeat of Donald Trump as the vital next step.
Robert Borosage: The official unemployment rate declined dramatically to 4.7 percent, recording not new hiring but new discouragement.
Robert Borosage: Clinton surrogates and operatives are pounding on Bernie Sanders to get out of the race, claiming they want to unify the party even as they excoriate Sanders and scorn his supporters. Perhaps it is time for a little common sense about the campaign.
Robert Borosage: Sanders will push to have the platform lay out a bold populist critique of our corrupted politics and our rigged economy.
Robert Borosage: As movement builder, he has every reason to stay in the race. He’s still drawing stunning crowds. He’s still energizing a new generation. He has a responsibility to take his message across the country, to educate and proselytize.
Robert Borosage: Sanders is speaking to real pain in the country. He is rousing young voters, showing them that there is an alternative, that America is not limited to a choice between unbridled and increasingly unhinged reaction and incremental politics as usual. Bernie Wins Oregon
Robert Borosage: The record 74 months of private sector jobs growth has only begun to make labor scarce enough to give workers bargaining power to lift wages.
Robert Borosage: Indiana shows that the Sanders campaign still has juice. Eleven primary contests remain; millions of voters have yet to vote, Sanders is still drawing big crowds, driving the debate and, as Indiana showed, can still win primaries and pick up delegates.