First off, I so wish you had nabbed me for Writers for Bernie too! I don’t even understand how I’m just hearing about it now. ARGH.

To respond to your response, though, I’m not sure I’m even that much further along than you. I felt completely disloyal for even writing this piece and not a day goes by when I don’t think, “Shit, what if he really pulls this off in some way, shape, or form?!” I’m watching Bernie like a hawk to see what he does next and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m enjoying him fully savoring the leverage he has and seeing beyond the election to something bigger. I do think he’s ignited a much bigger movement that will exist outside of / beyond this election.

Having said that, writing this piece has brought me face to face (or screen to screen) with the whole Bernie or Bust situation. A situation, I should underline, that I thought was completely overblown by the media. HA HA HA HA NOT QUITE. The only thing that has soured me on Bernie is Bernie or Bust. These people (at least the ones tweeting at me and telling me what an idiot I am here on Medium) are straight up dicks. And as a longtime supporter of Bernie (I live in Vermont, he’s my senator, I’ve voted for him many times, not just in the primary), it’s completely insulting to what he represents to so many of us.

Anyway. Thanks so much for your response! I keep wading through the muck in hopes of finding conversations vs. rants. Thanks for providing that.

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