There sure are a lot of absolutists in Bernie-world: according to a recent poll conducted by Emerson College, 47 percent of them won’t commit to voting for any other Democratic nominee.
But they’re not alone: a significant percentage (28) of all Democrats are equally obsessed with getting everything they want. To that end they would sacrifice the people they claim to serve to another four years of Trump.
Ideological purism doesn’t fully capture this. Maybe we need to accept that it’s not just the right that attracts the authoritarian personality type.
Because if you truly believe in the greater good, how hard can it be to commit to voting for any of the Democrats over Trump?
(Note that the Emerson poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.8%, but it will be larger for subsets of the sample, such as supporters of individual candidates.)