Anyone who claims that a presidential candidate doesn’t need to persuade millionaires and billionaires to write checks after hustling them in this or that pricey environment (yachts, wine caves, five-star restaurants, what-have-you) is flat-out lying. Yes, you can go the Bernie Sanders route and depend entirely on individual, small-level donations, but Kamala Harris is out of the race because she couldn’t keep her campaign financially afloat. The fact that Pete Buttigieg out-hustled her makes him a bad guy? Barack Obama didn’t finance his ’08 and ’12 presidential campaigns with money from wealthy supporters? Democratic purity derangement syndrome is one of the things Average Joes can’t stand about lefties.