Is Sanders' refusal to drop out selfish — or selfless? | The Tylt
Bernie Sanders says he will not drop out of the race even if Hillary Clinton acquires the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. He vowed Sunday night to take his campaign all the way to the party's convention in Philadelphia in July.
Clinton is widely expected to achieve that magic number during the six state primaries that will be held on Tuesday, June 7.
By refusing to concede, is Sanders doing what's best for the country? Or is his choice a selfish one?
Sanders' critics point out that by June 7 in 2008, Hillary Clinton had suspended her campaign, even though she was far closer in delegate count to then-candidate Barack Obama then Sanders currently is to Clinton. Sanders' argument for staying in the race is that polls show him performing better against Donald Trump than Hillary. He will attempt to use that information to persuade enough of the 718 superdelegates — elected officials and other party elites not bound by the outcome of the contests in their states — to switch their votes from Clinton to him.
By and large, Clinton supporters find Sanders' actions irrational, selfish, and bad for the country. Sanders is behind Clinton in the popular vote by 2 to 3 million, and his critics say that for the superdelegates to anoint him the nominee would be a complete eradication of the democratic process. Plus, the longer he stays in the race, the less time and energy Clinton and the Democrats have to devote to winning against Trump in the general election.
But Sanders' supporters adore their candidate and for many of them, having superdelegates select a candidate with a few million fewer votes as the nominee feels fair because of the nobility of Sanders' cause. Plus, many Sanders supporters believe the system has been rigged against them from the start, and continuing to fight on feels like the just choice.
Is Sanders staying in the race selfless? Or selfish? What do you think?
Is Sanders' refusal to drop out selfish — or selfless?
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