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Whither Sanders supporters?

Goliath has won.  Barring something truly extraordinary or tragedy, the Democratic presidential nominee will not be Bernie Sanders.  Not only does Hillary Clinton have a nearly unassailable advantage in pledged delegates and the support of the vast majority of super delegates, she is ahead in the few states which still haven't held primaries and which she needn't win in any event.  Under these circumstances, it does not behoove progressives to engage in magical thinking.

Bernie's best . . . but

Bernie Sanders is my favorite politician. Among U.S. Senators, it's likely my views align a little more closely with those of Elizabeth Warren and possibly Sherrod Brown (more on this in a moment). But Bernie's the one with the guts to take on the corrupt Clinton cabal and the neo-liberal Democratic establishment. For this, he deserves ever-lasting credit.

Bernie or Bust?

The "Bernie or Bust!" movement asks Sanders supporters to commit to vote for only Bernie in the general election. If he's not on the ballot in November, busters say they won't vote for President or will write in Bernie's name even though this could lead to the election of "il Duce" Donald Trump or Torquemada Ted Cruz. I am not a buster, although I certainly understand the movement's appeal.

Moving forward at Dagblog

I am hoping NCD and Ocean-Kat will use this blog to respond to concerns I have raised in comments to Dr. Cleveland's Dear GOP: You did this. You fix it.  It is certainly my expectation that NCD and Ocean-Kat will read this closely and apologize for insulting me.  If they do not, I ask Michael Wolraich to step in and review closely the back and forth and to issue appropriate admonishments.

NCD

Moving forward at Dagblog

I am hoping NCD and Ocean-Kat will use this blog to respond to concerns I have raised in comments to Dr. Cleveland's Dear GOP: You did this. You fix it.  It is certainly my expectation that NCD and Ocean-Kat will read this closely and apologize for insulting me.  If they do not, I ask Michael Wolraich to step in and review closely the back and forth and to issue appropriate admonishments.

NCD

Who is more electable Bernie or Hillary?

Sanders and Clinton supporters have been arguing for months over which candidate would do better in the general election. This is not an academic question by any means. Given the abhorrent Republican frontrunner and his equally despicable leading challengers, the prevailing sentiment on the left is the Republican must be stopped. If either Bernie or Hillary could be shown to be significantly stronger in November, that candidate would have a strong claim on Democratic primary voters.

Don't like her don't trust her . . . but

she just gave her best most progressive speech ever.  She talked about jobs, the middle-class, and working class.  She was adamant that she will hold corporate bad actors accountable.  She called out job off-shorers.  If she wants to go back to the center, it'll be a lot tougher.  Bravo Hillary!

Bernie Sanders hasn't won anything

Some Bernie Sanders supporters are taking a philosophical view of Hillary Clinton's first real victory in this election cycle in Nevada. Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic primaries, one told me, Bernie's already won, he's moved Hillary much farther to the left than she ever had any intention of going. Another claims the American people have made clear that we want the country to move in a more progressive direction and Hillary can't buck us.

The Democratic Race - What We Know Now

1. Sanders is much more electable than Clinton.

The political class engages in periodic arguments over who's better positioned to win general elections - candidates who appeal to a relatively wide swath of voters or those who excite their base. Sanders does both, Clinton neither.

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