Bernie was an independent, then he joined the DNC in order to run for it’s nomination. So, when he “went back to the senate under [independent] status,” he left the party.
Regardless of political preferences, it’s pretty audacious to join an organization only to try and take it over, pour salt in every slowly healing wound within the organization, unceremoniously leave the group immediately after the take-over fails, and STILL think he gets to tell Democrats what to do. Sorry, but no. If he wants a say on how to run the party then he should be a party member.
We could use him, I want him to be a major part of the movement to reform the DNC. If he had played his hand right he could have been VP or chairman of any senate committee he wanted. Instead of taking the victories he could have won, he contributed to a monumental loss and then left us, so no, he doesn’t get to dictate DNC policies from the outside.
Maybe the DNC should be trying to convert more independents, that’s a legitimate position, but we’re not going to get there without people joining and remaining in the party. Individuals don’t make history; coalitions and movements do. Bernie sent a clear message by leaving: unity doesn’t matter.
Clinton wasn’t perfect and neither is our system; but it’s the only system we have and she was the only viable progressive candidate we had on the ballot in November. By your own account, many Berniecrats accepted Trump as a better option than Clinton and stayed home on Election Day. That’s dangerous, helped Trump win, and definitely is not a principled stand for progressive values.
Even if the worst claims about DNC favoritism are true, I’d rather have that than Trump.