Mark Wachtler: Will Sanders run as a Green or wait for Hillary Indictment?


By Mark Wachtler,

June 14, 2016. Burlington, VT (ONN) Now that the national media has declared Hillary Clinton the Democratic Presidential nominee, independent Senator Bernie Sanders has a choice to make – run as the Green Party nominee in November or wait and see if Clinton is indicted and forced to drop out of the race. Neither is likely to happen. But Sanders hasn’t ruled either option out. In fact, his actions and words suggest he’s betting on the latter.

Why has Bernie Sanders refused to concede the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton even though the former First Lady has seemingly garnered more than enough delegates to win? Sanders’ own words answer that with the fact that the Vermont Senator could still win the nomination if he were able to persuade enough Super Delegates to abandon Clinton the same way they did for Barack Obama in 2008.

A quick look at the current delegate count shows Hillary Clinton with 2,784 delegates, including 581 Super Delegates. Bernie Sanders has 1,877 delegates (including 49 Super Delegates). If Clinton’s Super Delegates switched sides and pledged their support for Sanders, the final vote would be: Bernie Sanders 2,458 – Hillary Clinton 2,203.

But it would take a criminal indictment of Clinton for that to happen, and even then it’s no guarantee. Hillary and the DNC would undoubtedly call it another Republican dirty trick and insist the only way she would drop out is if she were actually convicted. And that would take years. Not to mention, countless leaks from the FBI and office of the Attorney General accuse the Obama Justice Dept of dragging its feet in its investigation of the former Secretary of State to protect her from criminal prosecution.

When asked about his next steps on Meet the Press last week, Bernie Sanders said he would wait and see how receptive Hillary Clinton was to his key platform positions. He said he first wanted to know, “Whether she will be vigorous in standing up for working families in the middle class, moving aggressively in climate change, health care for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free.”

Sanders then remarked, “And after we have that kind of discussion and after we can determine whether or not we are going to have a strong and progressive platform, I will be able to make other decisions.” Until now, Hillary Clinton has staunchly opposed many of those progressive positions.

Bernie Sanders’ other option is much more likely – dropping his months-old membership in the Democratic Party and accepting the Green Party’s invitation to run for President on the Green Party ticket. After the way the DNC has treating the Vermont Senator, who could blame him. Now more than ever, voters on the left and right believe the Primary Election system is rigged.

Immediately upon the media’s coronation of Clinton as the Democratic Party winner, Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein publicly offered to give up her spot at the top of the ticket so Bernie Sanders could take her place.

In one interview last week, Jill Stein explained, “It is potentially possible if Bernie were to convince the Party. If Bernie came to the Green Party, based on our discussions, and said, ‘You know, I had a life-changing experience. I really understand what this third party thing is about now, and we really have to build a revolutionary party if we’re going to have a revolutionary campaign. I really understand that. And I am now working to build the Green Party as the only show in town for building a national independent party of, by and for the people.’ If Bernie could make that case to the party, the party – probably at the convention – could potentially change rules and create a possibility for him to run on the ticket at either of the slots.”

In a separate interview this past week, the Green’s Jill Stein elaborated, “What I’m saying is that if Senator Sanders made the case that now he understood, after the very, you know, disturbing experiences of the last many months and the way that he’s been mistreated and beaten up by the party, perhaps he has a different view of the potential to create revolution inside of a counterrevolutionary party. Maybe he has come to see the necessity for independent third parties to actually move this movement forward. That would be a game changer if he made the case that he has come to understand the critical need to build the Green Party as the political voice of that revolution. If that were the case, I think many things would become possible at that point for making the rules changes. I can’t change those rules, but I can have those discussions with him and lay the groundwork for it.”

Will Bernie Sanders run for President on the Green Party ticket? Time will tell. But time is running out. The Democratic Party nominating convention will take place July 25th and the Green Party nominating convention will occur August 4th.

For more information on Jill Stein, the Green Party and the rest of America’s opposition political parties, visit

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