- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders has not put his campaign out to pasture just yet. The former presidential hopeful and self-described socialist has already formed “Our Revolution,” a new nonprofit with a clear mission to push back at GOP nominee Donald Trump and further the progressive cause. But that may not be enough to satisfy his fans, who continue to show their support, march in the streets and vow they will never support Hillary Clinton.

The Libertarian Party is standing at the ready. The opportunity to pick up a few disenchanted “Sander-nistas” is not lost on Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who is now coaching his fellow libertarians on the art of political wooing.

“Many of us have Bernie-supporting Democratic friends who are feeling pretty jaded right now,” Mr. Sarwark advises in a formal tutorial. “They just worked so hard for a candidate they believed in and have come face to face with the corruption and rigging of their party process. They feel disenfranchised, disrespected and maybe just politically homeless

“Let’s try to welcome them — and their votes — to the Libertarian Party. Bernie supporters don’t see every issue the way we do, and that is OK,” Mr. Sarwark continues. “We can keep talking to them. Right now, we need for a lot of people who are searching for political options to feel comfortable enough with us to vote for our presidential nominee Gary Johnson this fall. Acknowledge their sense of betrayal. Encourage them to vote with courage.”

If the effort succeeds, it could yield more votes for Mr. Johnson in upcoming national polls. Currently, the candidate has picked up as much as 13 percent of the vote against Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton. To qualify to appear at those all-important sanctioned presidential debates in September, Mr. Johnson needs at least 15 percent. The libertarian contingent may help him do that.

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