Your friendly, local National Delegate here to remind you that despite what some headlines say, since Sanders did not withdraw, there was more than one candidate and so procedurally there had to be a move to nominate and second all remaining candidates. It’s kind of the whole point of the convention. That and the platform and rules.
Which leads me to a big reason Sanders did not withdraw. It allowed progressives to influence the platform and rules. Maybe not as much as some would have liked, but definitely more than if they had not had a seat at the table.
Which also brings me to the definition of progressive: happening or developing gradually or in stages. It was designed to be slow, building consensus is a slow process, but we ARE making progress.
And finally, I did nothing special and gave no sizable donations to become a National Delegate. If you’re interested, I’m happy to talk more about it. But the short version: I showed up. It’s literally that simple.