Election 2016

Bernie Sanders’ Long Goodbye

esquire.comPORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE—Fifty years ago, a senator from Vermont gave Lyndon B. Johnson the best advice that LBJ ever ignored. The country was just then getting waist deep in the Mekong and the gentleman from Vermont had a suggestion. “Just declare victory,” Senator George Aiken told the president, “and then get the hell out.”

If you want to know what happened on Tuesday in a high school gymnasium here, when another smart senator from Vermont endorsed the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, keep Aiken’s advice in mind. Because what Bernie Sanders did was to declare victory and then get the hell out of the race.

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