Bernie Sanders says he won’t rescind his status as an Independent, even though he’s accepted a position in Democratic Party leadership.

In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Sanders said that he was “elected as an Independent and I will finish this term as an Independent.”

That means that, for the next year at least, Sanders will serve as the Congressional Democrats’ chairman of outreach, in charge of bringing new and underrepresented demographics into the Democrats’ camp — though he won’t be a Democrat.

The idea, of course, is that Sanders can serve the Democratic Party by expanding its appeal to those people who joined his decidedly anti-Establishment campaign. Unfortunately for Democrats, seeking fresh blood means looking outside party ranks.

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