I'm just gonna put this here because I don't want to antagonize various friends and family who have supported or are still supporting Bernie (as I would if I put it on Facebook or Twitter) (yeah, I don't care about antagonizing y'all!
Bernie's been doing great. He really came through and has done a fine job. He's whole-hearted and passionate and doing everything he can. All pure thumbs-up-ness about that. Not surprising, still impressive.
But this is also the same guy who created this situation. He pushed the illegitimate/ rigged button over and over and over again. That leaves his supporters with only three options.
- He's a basically good, honest guy who has valid concerns and started reasonably enough but got caught up in things, and then came back down to earth. (This is my own opinion.)
- He never actually believed those things about Hillary Clinton/ the system and was just trying to fire up the base to win. (Therefore it's easy for him to just turn around and support Hillary after all.)
- He still actually believes those things about Hillary Clinton/ the system, but is lying now to try to preserve some sort of power, or because he's being coerced, or something.
The people in the first group have probably already come around to supporting Hillary, before his endorsement or convention heroics. But it's not surprising that there are people in the two other groups, and he does bear responsibility there IMO.