The Democratic primary is over. It’s time to take on the Republicans.

The New York primary is over, and for all intents and purposes, so is the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee.

Bernie Sanders may or may not have accepted that fact, but it’s time for Democrats to move on either way. What Bernie should or shouldn’t do is no longer relevant to winning the Presidency. Democrats, led by the Clinton campaign, need to pivot to winning in November.

It starts with the White House and ends with state legislative seats across the country. Regaining a majority in the Senate is on the table, as is gaining more seats in the House. We win by making every Republican running for office own Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as the leaders of their party. Hold them accountable for everything Cruz and Trump say from now until November.

We win by reminding voters constantly that the GOP, led by Trump and/or Cruz, stands only for obstruction. To the point where they won’t even meet with President Obama’s supreme court nominee, much less do their constitutional duty of vetting him.

Hillary Clinton, via Roger H. Goun / Flickr

Hillary Clinton, via Roger H. Goun / Flickr

Democrats have a strong case to make to America. We have a battle-tested nominee ready to go into the general election arena. And, should he choose to do so, we have Senator Sanders who can galvanize his supporters to help Clinton and progressives in down ticket races.

We have a strong base of small dollar donors who give more funds, more often to Democratic candidates each cycle. And we’re running against a Republican party that’s completely in disarray. Oh yeah, and have I mentioned that our opponents will be led by Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?

It’s time to hit the reset button. In-fighting is fine during a primary, but that’s over now. From today on we need to focus on doing everything we can to make sure that the nightmare scenario of President Donald Trump never becomes a reality. We need to elect a Democratic President and give them as many progressive elected officials as we can. We need to win because the stakes really are as high as they seem. Who’s with me?

Melissa Ryan is a political consultant. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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