Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

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'You're Being Ridiculous'

The Bernie-or-bust crowd makes up a small percentage of Sanders delegates, but could inflict disproportionate damage on Hillary Clinton if the Philadelphia convention’s progressive stars don’t knock some sense into them.

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AP Photo/John Minchillo Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders listen during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. B ernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker, and others gave inspiring speeches at the Democratic Party's convention on Monday evening, but actress and comedian Sarah Silverman delivered the night's best one-liner, an ad-lib from her prepared remarks: “To the Bernie-or-bust people, you're being ridiculous.” Sanders is backed by 1,893 delegates at the convention compared with 2,814 pledged to Hillary Clinton. Silverman was speaking to the handful of Sanders delegates—perhaps 200 at most—who refuse to accept the reality that Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, and that either she or Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. They disrupted Silverman's address by booing when she mentioned Clinton's name and shouting “Bernie,” making it difficult for...

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