The end to one of the most unlikely presidential campaigns in history came during a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when Bernie Sanders officially surrendered to Hillary Clinton, bending the knee and offering his fealty. Sanders officially endorsed the presumed presidential nominee and promised to support her in her effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

The septuagenarian socialist from Vermont could claim some crumbs thrown his way in the Democratic Party Platform, including a call for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the addition of a “public option” to Obamacare.

But Ms. Clinton is under no legal obligation to follow up on those proposals should she become president.

The process of Hillary Clinton’s transformation from a shill for Wall Street to the last, great liberal hope was astonishing to behold. The Clinton campaign hopes that with the Sanders endorsement most of his followers will follow suit and fall into line. On the other hand, Sanders supporters tend not to be impressed with Ms. Clinton and might not follow their hero under the yoke into defeat.

Donald Trump is already crowing that Sanders is the real sellout to Clinton and has invited followers of the venerable socialist to rally to him as the true outsider, anti-establishment candidate.

Hillary Clinton’s nightmare scenario is that she may have moved too far to the left to appease Sanders and his supporters, alienating centrist, and independents who might otherwise vote for her over Trump.

Add that to the “Bernie or Bust” crowd who will not vote for anyone but Sanders and others who find Clinton off putting and she may find it difficult to cobble together a winning coalition.

Clinton, at some point, will have to employ the old Nixon strategy of tacking to the center now that her status as Democratic nominee is all but assured. But, for right now, she has to continue to cater to the left wing, promising a number of spending programs and demonizing Trump as someone who will despoil the weak and create chaos and devastation should he be allowed to achieve the Oval Office.

It is a strategy that served Barack Obama well twice. But Clinton lacks both the charisma and the credibility of the current president. The question arises, will Trump triumph despite his myriad flaws?

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