Are People Being Distracted From a Larger Issue?
Hillary has always been the presumptive nominee, that was the whole point of lining up all the superdelgates in advance of any primary in the first place - to clear the field and scare/warn off any upstart who might think they had some chance to run in an open election like we were a Democracy or something. It was/is Hillary's turn, most qualified person to ever run in the history of the world, a "historic" ceiling breaking nomination, yada, yada yada.
So okay, let's concede that Hillary is/was a done deal from the getgo. So what's the big deal and why the sudden need to suppress votes and tamp down the Bernie revolution? What's the big rush? Where I see all the energy focused in the media and the Democratic Party is not so much in declaring HRC the nominee, what I see is the concerted effort to get Bernie out before the convention. We're being told the Party has to unify and Hillary has to be able to focus on Trump without being distracted by Bernie. So Hillary, IGNORE BERNIE. There are no more debates and very few primaries left and you supposedly have it sewed up. So who cares if Bernie stays in until the convention?
I think there may be another underlying motivation beyond unity. This is just a theory, but I'll go ahead and throw it out. Perhaps the Party believes that the black swan event of a Hillary indictment could actually happen, because too much is out there in the public record for it not to happen and too many people have been following the server issue closely despite the efforts of the campaign and the media to mostly bury it and ignore it. Perhaps it's critically important for the Party to continue to choose, as opposed to elect, the alternate nominee if and when Hillary is forced to suspend her campaign. If Sanders concedes, he's just the loser of the primary and has no more standing than a parachuted in candidate like Biden or even Warren.
My advice to Bernie is to hang in until the convention and to NEVER concede or suspend his campaign before the convention. He can go inactive or remain low key if he chooses or he can still hold his massive rallies to point out the hunger that remains for a non-status quo candidate. Really that doesn't matter to me. But I think him remaining an official candidate has great value in simply annoying and derailing all the attempts of the Democratic Party to ignore a significant percentage of their own voters. Bernie's always been an iconoclast and I think he should remain one until the end.
The only people who would excoriate Bernie for staying in never cared for his issues or his voters anyway, so who cares if the people who have scorned and insulted you as racist, sexists, and misogynists previously continue to do so, only adding "bad loser" to their list of character flaws? Weren't we just called "toast" by a gloating Bill Clinton? Good luck Democrats in trying to make a club sandwich without the toast.