THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MOMENT FOR SANDERS'S SUPPORTERS - OUR AMORPHOUS, COMPOSITE MOVEMENT HAS TO MAKE DEMANDS OF HIM...
I believe Sanders is in sync with his base - that he authentically speaks for its insurrection against the Democratic Party.
However, at this moment, the base must make demands - upon Sanders, and upon HRC and the right liberal faction that controls the Democratic Party:
a) on the organizational front: the demand for the immediate start of open Democratic Party hearings made up of right liberal and progressive delegates - regarding the democratization of the Democratic Party - in particular, getting rid of superdelegates and closed primaries;
b) on the political front, the demand for binding short-lists of a to-be-determined number of progressive cabinet appointments, in the event that the Democratic nominee is right liberal.
This is important for several reasons:
It is important first because it is democratic - as in parliamentary coalitions, representatives of these two roughly equal halves of voters likely to vote Democratic must negotiate and strike a middle position. Each side faces difficulties in negotiating: the right liberals because they must give up power; the left liberals because - if the right liberals will not negotiate fairly, progressives must be prepared to vote third party
It is important second because HRC is a right liberal, and, unless she enters into binding agreements - to appoint a to-be-determined number of progressives to cabinet positions - her power will be unchecked, and she will rule as the right liberal she is. Pre-election shifts left, progressive party platforms are empty - nonbinding. Only binding commitments count.
It is important third because we - we who support Bernie - need to make it clear that Sanders is not simply advancing his values, but speaking for us. We need to make it clear that he is not simply our leader, but our servant.
Last words: write to the Sanders campaign, write to the HRC campaign, write to the Democratic Party. Open letters - a letter signed onto by others - are best, because they carry the weight of organizations with a similar outlook, not just individuals.