The progressive commentariat is coming around — has come around. A mere sampling:
A few weeks ago, I wrote that I wasn’t concerned about Sanders remaining in the race until the very end, because he doesn’t wish to see a President Trump and will ultimately throw his full support to Clinton. Sanders has, indeed, lightened up on Clinton and is instead trying to shape the Democrats’ platform and direction. But his attacks on the party have released something just as damaging to the causes he professes to represent. Coupled with his refusal to raise money for the party, his increasingly harsh rhetoric could hurt Democrats up and down the ballot in November and beyond.
[I]t's sort of painful to see a good person like Bernie turned into such a sullen and resentful man. And doubly painful to see him take his followers down that path too.
For months I'd thought and written that Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver was the key driver of toxicity in the the Democratic primary race…. But now I realize I had that wrong.
Actually, I didn't realize it. People who know told me.
Over the last several weeks I've had a series of conversations with multiple highly knowledgable, highly placed people…. [T]he 'burn it down' attitude, the upping the ante, everything we saw in that statement released [Tuesday] by the campaign seems to be coming from Sanders himself. Right from the top….
Sanders narrative today has essentially been that he is political legitimacy. The Democratic party needs to realize that.
I believe it has. More important, as I've noted below, is that Bernie's followers now need to realize the anti-progressive toxicity that is the "political revolutionary" himself.