Bernie! Pay attention! It was Democrats! Democrats! Democrats! who lost Florida for Gore
Jim Hightower in Salon, November 28, 2000, before the Democrats had begun the blame-shifting that's the best thing they do:
308,000 Democrats voted for Bush. Hello. If Gore had taken even 1 percent of these Democrats from Bush, Nader’s votes wouldn’t have mattered.
So, Bernie, when I hear you say stuff like this, I'm shaking my head:
"SANDERS: [T]he dilemma is that, if you run outside of the Democratic Party, then what you’re doing — and you have to think hard about this — you’re not just running a race for president, you’re really running to build an entire political movement. In doing that, you would be taking votes away from the Democratic candidate and making it easier for some right-wing Republican to get elected — the Nader dilemma."
First, as we've just seen, there is no "Nader Dilemma." Democrats lost Florida to Bush, not Nader.
Second, putting the Democratic Party out of its misery by splitting it, and giving the left a voice, would be one of the best things that could happen to this country. How about it, Bernie? But first, you'll have to shake off at least one self-serving Democratic myth.