During an interview with NPR, Bernie Sanders was asked whether he prioritized a Sanders presidency or a Democratic presidency. This should have been a gimme. But naturally, Sanders blew it.
Well, I think that if you look at the issues facing this country, and the differences between Secretary Clinton and myself, I think, a) my policies and my agenda will be better for the working families of this country, and second of all, if you look at virtually every poll that’s out there—including one from CNN today—Bernie Sanders does better against Donald Trump than does Hillary Clinton. So if we want to make sure that we do not have a Donald Trump in the White House, I think that at this point Bernie Sanders is the strongest candidate.I've got a piece about it at BNR:
It's remarkable because Bernie's mantra about polls showing he would more resoundingly defeat Trump is based on nonsense. He has not been thoroughly vetted during this primary season and once he was, those numbers would certainly change.Click through to read the whole thing.
That doesn't necessarily mean that he wouldn't be able to win, but he has to know, if he understands the most basic things about presidential politics, that the polls he's citing are meaningless. Either he doesn't understand that they are meaningless, or he is citing them knowing that they're meaningless. Either way, it's not a good look.
It's also remarkable because he is simply refusing to say that of course he would rather see Hillary win, if that's what it takes to defeat Trump.
This is the long and the short of it: Bernie Sanders says that he'll do everything he can to defeat Donald Trump, but it's not true. What he means is that he'll do everything he can to win—and that he's confident he can beat Donald Trump.
Those really aren't the same things.