Anyway, I’ve been reading people who say “Bernie sold out!” and obviously I think that’s missing the trick. By proving the political power of the left, Bernie created leverage in the party. But leverage is a perishable commodity. If he takes it to the Green Party, he loses it. If he sits on the sidelines bitching, he loses it. The trick all along was going to be, how do you convert this resource to currency? Well, that’s what you saw yesterday: He didn’t sell out. He converted perishable power into political capital. He didn’t do it for himself. He did it for the movement. And by holding out this long, he got a better deal than he would have gotten than would have happened if he’d followed the punditry and endorsed after losing New York.