Senator Bernie Sanders Should Not Quit the Race [OPINION]
I disagree with Senator Bernie Sanders on lots of important issues and I will be voting to re-elect President Trump. However, Bernie is important and he shouldn't quit the race.
There are a variety of reasons for the Bernie for President campaign to continue on in the race for the Democratic Party nomination.
First and foremost, the socialist candidate from Vermont has a dedicated group of supporters who believe in him and in his message. Without these dedicated supporters, there would be no Bernie Sanders as a political leader. Bernie can't give up on these people just because he isn't likely to win the nomination. The folks that supported Bernie in 2016 and 2020 always knew he was a long-shot candidate, but they made it possible for him to become a serious challenger.
There will always be a doubt about what could have been if Bernie had played it out to the end. If Bernie quits before the last primary votes are counted, many of his supporters will follow him and quit the political process altogether. When politically motivated activists quit the political system, they sometimes move to influence the political situation in radical ways that prove extremely destructive.
We have had a weird election season and it just became stranger with the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Anything can happen in this environment and until the primaries are over, there is still an opportunity for Bernie to become the nominee of the Democratic Party.
Bernie should stick around and play the game out and see how the voters decide.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.