The problem with creating a monster is, it's dang hard to put it back into the box once you've opened it, isn't it? Even if the monster wants back in.
Bernie, here's how big you got - I haven't mentioned your last name, and yet nobody reading this wonders, "Bernie Who?" You're Madonna, Pink and Oprah big.
Bernie, your campaign has changed the face of politics in America, and though you seem to be trying desperately now to change it back - and convince your supporters to quietly vote for Mrs. Clinton - sorry, we just can't pretend it didn't happen.
You left a sharp rift in Democratic party, even if you didn't intend to. Your backers seem quite unwilling, as the poet said, to go gently into that good night.
They booed as you tried to order them to stand down - because monster stories always end in pitchforks and torches. Some of them have boorishly disrupted convention speeches and fouled up traffic around the DNC site. They are feeling Berned, alright.
Problem with revolution is that it's hard to convince revolutionaries to go back to the norm. Once the placid sheep have learned to grow fangs, they want to use them.
Bernie, you gave voice to a generation of people who are unwilling to see their country ruled by a handful of giant corporations any longer. Good on you, bro.
You convinced a lot of people that there is a possibility of more than a federal government so knotted up in attacking each other and bowing to special interests that its constituents don't even expect it to achieve any meaningful legislation any more.
Bernie, you handed out hope like parade candy. But hope can be a dangerous thing when it isn't fulfilled.
You actually convinced us that the middle class isn't doomed, that workers don't have to labor at slave wages to make fat CEOs fatter. You made us think young people might actually be able to afford going to college, and we believed you, mostly, even when you didn't have a real explanation of how this miracle is paid for. Revolutions aren't in the details, after all.
You made us believe in the possibility of leadership that not only finally realizes that climate change is real, but is willing to do something about it.
You promised us a government that would achieve a humane and reasonable immigration policy. That would treat LGBT people as human beings, pursue racial justice, and care for our veterans in need. Remember?
You were going to call those Wall Street rascals on the carpet. And reason with nutty middle east extremists. You sounded so sure of it all.
You were going to make the super rich pay their share, and now you've asked us to vote for a millionaire some 50 times over.
You corralled the disenfranchised - the young in particular, the fringes, those who felt that neither political party cared about them and their needs. They were cautious in placing their faith in a politician, but you won them over. They took a chance.
The army you assembled was part intellectual, part kook, part idealist, part realist. Yuppies and hippies and Gen-XYZ'ers and sexy grandmas. You had 'em all.
In a matter of months you brought together a coalition of dreamers and schemers who were very nearly successful at wrestling away the power of an entire political party. They almost changed everything. And you promised you would never leave them.
And in the end, you drove a stake in the heart of the very revolution you sold them. You played the good soldier, handing over your supporters to Mrs. Clinton just as you are supposed to do. But Bernie, can you, really? Are those people and their ideals yours to give away?
They don't seem to think so.
We doubt if you did it out of any great love for the person you have been running against all this time. If you so believed in her message, why would you have run in the first place?
It's not so much who you are asking us to vote for, but who you are imploring we vote against. We get that.
Bernie, you didn't want to be held responsible if your backers split off from the Democratic party and vote fruitlessly for a candidate without a chance, or don't vote at all, raising the odds of success for Mr. Trump.
Nothing revolutionary about this, is there? It's how this business is done - party survival above all else. Especially if you want a cushy job under a new administration or at least a legacy as respected past champion of the party.
We're not angry that you have left us, Bernie. You made us realize that government can be done in a different way than what the two parties have given us under Bush and Obama, which largely has been conflict and turmoil.
You were courageous, unwavering and at an advanced age, inspiringly energetic. You've been to places like Storm Lake, Iowa. Hillary Clinton, at least in this election cycle, has not.
You ran a campaign that didn't count on billionaire manipulators or huge checks from corporations and interest groups. When you spoke, you didn't read a speech written by someone else and played on a prompter to ensure no one would be offended. You invited anyone to openly ask questions. We respect that.
Most of your people will do as you suggest, and vote for Clinton, however enthusiastically or reluctantly. Some may protest with a vote outside the party. Some will not vote at all. Some, maybe not ever.
Whether you will be remembered as wide-eyed revolutionary, or as party lapdog, time can only tell.
But I hope some splinter of the change you made us believe in, ever so briefly, will survive. Maybe not a blazing revolution, but a smouldering expectation.
If, in this campaign and those to come, we demand more than pat speeches full of cliches and status quo policy... if we demand real ideas... if we expect economic justice, equality and peace from our leaders...
Then your supporters should not feel their allegiance and time has been squandered.
It's been fun, Bern. On your way in, leave the lid ajar. You might be ready to head into the box.