Oh, Bernie, what could have been

You know how you’re in the middle of a terrible nightmare, and you so desperately want to wake up? And then when you do, it’s a feeling of pure relief?

That’s basically how I felt watching the Republican National Convention last week. It made me anxious, scared and uncomfortable, and I yearned for the Democratic National Convention to bring me back to normalcy.

Basically, the RNC was a near deadly allergy attack, and the DNC is my epi-pen.

And yes,  I know the Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start, with divided delegates who still support Bernie Sanders, and who were newly infuriated by the revelation that the Democratic Committee never took his campaign seriously and actually looked to discredit him.

This bombshell, revealed in leaked emails on Wikileaks reportedly supplied by Russia, led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

But that recent turmoil does not undermine the fact that the Democratic party, with the help of Bernie, adopted its most progressive platform in years — if not ever.

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And on Monday night, the DNC started with a bang. It really doesn’t get much bigger than back-to-back-to back speeches by Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie, and that’s not even counting the incredibly energetic and inspiring speech by U.S. Senator Cory Booker — a breakout appearance that is being compared to Barack Obama’s 2004 speech that launched him to the presidency. Time will tell if that holds up.

Without question, the star of the night was the First Lady, who spoke eloquently, calmly and gracefully. She never raised her voice or carried a malicious tone, but what made her speech so powerful was the way she passionately shared her story about her own growth in the White House while raising her two young daughters. In doing so, Michelle Obama showed that she is a symbol of the progress that has happened over the last eight years.

And what was most refreshing is that she did not sound like a politician. She wasn’t trying to promote herself for future political gain. She was speaking from the perspective of a wife, a mother, an African-American woman, and an American.

Lastly, it gave us more reason to realize how much we will miss this current Michelle Obama DNC.pngadministration.

But if Michelle Obama was the highlight, Bernie was certainly the main event.

Given what’s transpired in recent days, I was very eager to hear what he’d have to day. And I must admit, it was a little sad seeing him speak.

The man started a political revolution, and with that speech it sort of came to an end. He’s likely too old to run for president ever again, and in a way, this was his farewell. Cameras repeatedly caught Bernie supporters visibly crying in their seats as they listened to Bernie and thought, “What could have been.”

The Book of Bernie closed today, when Hillary Clinton became the first woman in the United States to ever be a major party nominee for president. And when Bernie’s brother, Larry Sanders, who is a delegate, announced his vote for his brother on the DNC floor, it brought Bernie to tears.

Thanks for helping us change this country, Bernie. You will never be forgotten.

I will proudly vote for Hillary in this year’s election. But that does not mean I will ever stop feeling the Bern.

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