As expected, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have come to a truce, and Bernie has agreed to work with Hillary to help get her elected in the general. After Hillary won the D.C. primary last night, the two Democrat rivals met at a hotel in D.C. to work out their difference. As NBC News reports:
The carefully choreographed meeting ran for nearly two hours at the neutral territory of the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
Afterwards, both candidates released nearly identical statements calling the meeting “positive” and saying they had agreed to work together to defeat Donald Trump.
“The two discussed a variety of progressive issues where they share common goals like raising wages for working families, eliminating undisclosed money in politics and reducing the cost of college for students and their families,” a Clinton official said, echoing the same policy items listed in Sanders’ statement.
Here’s why that’s significant: unless Bernie declares open war on Hillary, you can expect Hillary to receive a “unity bounce” fairly soon, similar to the one Trump enjoyed when he finally salted away the Republican nomination. If Bernie speaks on Hillary’s behalf at the convention, it will be even stronger.
Trump’s “unity bounce” briefly brought him even with Clinton in the polls, but recent polls have shown her pulling away from Trump as Trump squandered his unity by making an absolute ass of himself over the last three weeks (in other words, acting like Donald Trump). By the time the dust settles on this whole sad chapter, Hillary might well be leading in the polls by 15 or 20 points.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer “Republican.”