There are many supporters of Bernie Sanders who feel devastated by his loss to Secretary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential Primaries. Respectfully, other progressives should give them ample time to grieve and come to grips with the reality that she is the nominee.
Accepting this unpleasant reality is easier for Bernie staffers. They know the battle is not about the candidate, but about the cause. Also, frankly, about the paycheck.
Hillary Clinton's organization is wise to welcome the addition of several of Bernie Sanders' fine campaign organizers who have vowed to fight as hard as Hillary to stop a Trump Presidency. The Sanders staffers have done incredible work by mobilizing and energizing new, younger voters. Nevermind the obvious fact that they need jobs too, these talented political operatives are bringing some much-needed enhancements to the outreach efforts of the Clinton Campaign.
Kunoor Ojha is the Clinton campaign’s first major hire from the Sanders campaign, and her move to a role where she will work with the state teams to mobilize young voters represents a significant step in the former secretary of state’s outreach to the Vermont senator’s most ardent backers.
Clinton has thus far been unable to replicate Sanders' success with the group that’s pivotal to Democrats, and the move — coming as her campaign swings toward its general election match-up against Donald Trump — suggests that she is looking directly at bringing Sanders’ backers to her side.
It also means that Clinton’s political effort has entered a new phase of outreach: members of losing campaigns often fold into the party nominee’s efforts, and Ojha — who was a field organizer for Barack Obama in 2008 — is the first public hire.
The Sanders' staff transitioning to the Clinton general election campaign will help to bring unity to a party that has been very divided during the primary process.
Sanders’ tech team is already expressing interest in working on Clinton’s behalf to drum up enthusiasm among young voters — a critical demographic for Democrats that Sanders dominated and Clinton struggled with during the primaries.
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“Getting a bunch of kids stoked on the process is very important to ensure a Trump presidency is not possible,” said Arun Chaudhary, the Sanders videographer who joined the senator's team at the White House on Thursday to take pictures surrounding his meeting with Obama.
If those who have tirelessly worked on Sanders' behalf put comparable energy into the Clinton Campaign, the odds of maintaining a Democratic White House improve vastly. One might say, her chances at victory are Yuuuge.