Last summer, the Democratic Party of Oak Park had a booth at Farmers Market. You could vote for your favorite Democratic candidate for president. I voted for Mr. Sanders even though I was certain he had no chance to be elected. I did so in part because I had never heard of Martin O’ Malley, and I was just tired of Hillary Clinton. I also share Bernie’s animus toward rich Wall Street plutocrats.

But I knew that Bernie had no chance of ever being elected president. The reality that he was a self-proclaimed socialist who favored free college, single-payer health care insurance, and other prohibitively expensive and politically impossible programs made the 74-year-old Vermonter the perfect protest candidate. Voting for guys like Bernie make you feel morally superior.

Flash forward to this summer. Bernie did much better than I thought he would. His socialist agenda has been advanced. He will get to be honored and praised at the convention. Good job, Bernie.

Unfortunately, the contagion of fame and celebrity seems to have infected him. Like ego-driven brothers, Messrs. McCarthy and Nader, before him, he just doesn’t know when to shut up and get with the program. He now complains that the Democratic Party is cheating him and seems bent on dirtying up Ms. Clinton. 

Remember that “Clean Gene” begat Nixon and Nader begat Bush II. It is not surprising the Democratic Party apparatus has not embraced Mr. Sanders since he only joined it last year.

So for me, Bernie needs to put on his big boy pants, swallow his pride and ego, and get out there along with Bill Clinton and President Obama and make sure a deranged, utterly unqualified crackpot does not become the 45th president.

I will give Bernie this: 

He does a great Larry David imitation.

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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