There a sudden chorus trying to make it a given that, “Of course, if Bernie wins a plurality of delegates, he must receive the nomination.”
Not true. Many of us believe that the rules that were adopted at the urging of Bernie supporters should be followed.
If no candidate reaches 50% of the delegates, the delegates have an obligation to respect the wishes of those who sent them there. In other words, they should represent their own candidate’s wishes because people voted for that candidate.
If the remaining other candidates’ delegates represent more than 50% of the validly elected delegates in an open process, they absolutely have every right to band together and respect the wishes of that 51+% by nominating someone who can garner the support of that 51+% at the convention.
Will some Bernie delegates be outraged? Yes, but they sure should not be. They are the ones who insisted on these rules, because last time they were the ones arguing that it would be unjust to “coronate” a candidate (Hillary) just because she had a plurality of delegates.
There is no perfect solution to bringing this party together. If you think all of Bloomberg’s supporters and Buttigieg’s supporters are going to swallow being labeled McCarthyite reactionaries, “corporatists” (whatever that is – aren’t The Progressive Radio channel on Sirius, and MSNBC, corporations?), and “establishment Democrats” by their standard bearer, and drag themselves out to vote for Bernie, you are incorrect. I wish they would, but even in this terrible year, the reality is that there will be a certain drop-off by either side.
There will be some candidate partisans who will stay home no matter what.
That is why the wisest course is to nominate whichever candidate has the strongest likelihood of success in November, after fully considering the entire context and our electoral college system with its crucial swing states – not just which group of voters will squawk the loudest if they don’t get their way.
We should respect the majority of Democratic voters, regardless of which candidate wins that majority.