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Galindez writes: "On July 15th, thousands of Iowans will gather at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of the very important Jefferson Jackson Dinner that is always the highlight of the Presidential Caucus season. In 2007 Barack Obama gained momentum there on his way to an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Caucus."

Bernie Sanders at a November rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders at a November rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Guess Who's Coming Back to Iowa

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

11 July 17


n July 15th, thousands of Iowans will gather at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of the very important Jefferson Jackson Dinner that is always the highlight of the Presidential Caucus season. In 2007 Barack Obama gained momentum there on his way to an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Caucus.

No, this Saturday is not the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, and it is not even an event sponsored by either political party. This event is being sponsored by one of the state’s largest community activist groups. Citizens for Community Improvement is holding its yearly convention, and its keynote speaker is the real front-runner for president in 2020.

No, I am not talking about Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, or Cory Booker. Hillary Clinton is not running again, but Bernie Sanders is doing everything a potential candidate would be doing. Make no mistake about it: Bernie, as his supporters lovingly call him, is the front-runner for president in 2020, and he will get a rock star welcome in Des Moines later this week.

Some doubt Sanders will be able to make another run for the White House at his advanced age. I am not one of them. I just have to remember July 3rd and 4th of 2015. Over the two days, in sweltering heat, Bernie walked the full distance of three parades. I remember staffers from Hillary Clinton’s campaign applauding as he arrived at the finish of the Waukee parade, impressed that he walked the whole route.

One thing a lot of people don’t realize about Bernie is he is in great shape. I am 52 and I can’t keep up with the senator. Bernie was a long distance runner in high school and he walks every morning for exercise. Barring a quick decline in health, I believe Bernie Sanders can handle another campaign for president. I also believe he will win.

I came to Iowa in February of 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus. I remember going to an event at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City. Bernie was there to sign a book about his filibuster against the Bush tax cuts. He packed the room, to the point where many attendees could only hear him but couldn’t see him speak. 150 people attended that event.

Bernie is not only coming to Des Moines this Saturday, in August he is returning to Iowa City, where the bookstore has rented a larger venue for him. Prairie Lights is too small, so the August booksigning and speech will be at Hancher Auditorium, which seats 1800 people. Des Moines in July, Iowa City in August … I’m sensing a pattern.

Bernie has continued to travel the country, staying in the public eye while providing leadership on the most important issues. He is leading the fight on healthcare. Over the weekend he was in Kentucky and West Virginia fighting against Trumpcare and for single payer healthcare.

The polls show that Bernie is the most popular politician in America and he has a movement behind him.

Many argue that the South is still his Achilles heel. I don’t believe that is true anymore. The Clintons were loved by the African American community, and going into the 2016 primary season Bernie was not that well known in the African American community. The whole country knows who Bernie is now, and they love him.

They love him because he is authentic. People know he believes what he says. His message is not poll-tested and his supporters believe he is fighting for them.

There is some division within the party. The Clinton/Sanders establishment/progressive divide is a natural one. But the establishment will realize that, on the issues, Bernie is right. I believe the establishment Democrats are more liberal than they want to admit. They are just scared to support what they consider to be too far to the left.

Bernie is doing exactly what Democrats need to do to win elections. He is not waiting for a campaign to fight for the agenda he believes in. Bernie understands that it his job to convince people that he has the right message, not to adapt to what the polls say people want. I hope that all Democrats can put 2016 in the rearview mirror and support the candidate who can unite the base and grow the party.

Candidates like Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren will not capture the hearts of young people like Bernie has. They may be able to build a base for 2024, but they will not be as strong as Bernie is with independents in 2020. Bernie has something that I have never seen before. Everyone likes him. Talk to your cab drivers and people at the supermarket. Even Trump supporters say they like Bernie; they don’t always agree with him, but they believe he cares about them.

Bernie Sanders is coming back to Iowa this weekend and again next month. Not only is he doing everything he needs to do to launch his 2020 campaign, he has not stopped running since that appearance at Prairie Lights Book Store in 2015.

This Saturday, RSN will stream Bernie’s speech and the whole CCI Convention, which will also feature Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza starting at 9 am Central.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott moved to Des Moines in 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus.

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+39 # grandlakeguy 2017-07-11 14:52
Bernie we love you ...
please sound the alarm about our fraudulent election situation.
You will easily win if everyone is allowed to vote and those votes are actually counted as cast.

That has not been the case in our nation for many years.
We need hand counted paper ballots!
No one can win against a system where the opposition can tamper with the actual will of the people with impunity!
+24 # grandlakeguy 2017-07-11 20:23
Even if Bernie wins in a landslide it is essential that the downtick races are conducted with honesty so he can have a progressive Congress to work with!
+3 # grandlakeguy 2017-07-12 19:13
Posted on the marquee of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California on May 28, 2016:
+14 # ReconFire 2017-07-11 16:21
Unless he breaks away from the Dem. party, he will be submarined again from said party.
If he breaks away he will win hands down.
-18 # REDPILLED 2017-07-11 17:48
Unless Bernie opposes U.S. imperialism, corporate capitalism, and support for Israeli oppression of Palestinians, he is nothing more than a 'faux progressive', and certainly not a true socialist.
+18 # tedcloak 2017-07-11 17:55
Now *that's* good news.
+37 # lfeuille 2017-07-11 18:00
I'm not worried about his age. I'm worried about the Democrats. I haven't seen signs that the party has been reformed to the extent necessary that he won't be sabotaged in the primaries again.
+29 # Thomas Martin 2017-07-11 18:00
Bernie's stamina is amazing! And he'll pick a good running mate, so trust him!
+13 # Saberoff 2017-07-11 21:40
I think Tulsi Gabbard would be peachy!
+19 # Blackjack 2017-07-11 18:12
You Go Bernie! Dems had better gird up their left flank!
+39 # diamondmarge7 2017-07-11 18:48
May God/Goddess/Ho9 lySpirit/theUni verse give him strength, health, and thousands and thousands to come out for him, just as they did in 2016. BERNIE is the REAL DEAL. What a difference between him & DJT. They don't even seem to inhabit the same planet. An FDR Democrat my whole life until BERNIE.
+15 # Wally Jasper 2017-07-11 19:32
Yes Scott, you're right about Bernie being the frontrunner and the most popular politician, for all the reasons you give. However, it's still an open question of whether it's best to run as a Democrat or at the helm of a new party, the People's Party. The Dems are not looking too interested in changing gears, they have too many entrenched elites who are beholden to the corporate oligarchs, and too many still yoked to the neo-liberal mindset. Plus, a new party would attract both Dems and Repubs who hear and respond to his message without all the baggage of the Democratic Party that has utterly failed its natural base. Let's keep an open mind about the possibilities that lie ahead.
+17 # Wise woman 2017-07-11 20:36
Keep calling your representatives , folks, especially the dems. Tell them you will ONLY support Bernie so they get the message. Tell them to forget nominating anyone else or they will lose your vote. Remember, they work for us NOT the other way around.
+8 # librarian1984 2017-07-12 07:04
Yes -- and we'll still have the superdelegates to deal with.
+10 # Mainiac 2017-07-11 21:28
Redpilled, A good politician doesn’t get too far out in front of the people. There is growing understanding about being anti-imperialis t, taking up the situation of the Palestinians, and questioning capitalism but they are not yet mainstream issues in the way that others are that are on Bernie’s agenda.
+16 # librarian1984 2017-07-11 21:55
The only people who DON'T love Bernie are the Hillary people -- and that is a problem. I

n their desperation to blame anyone and everything except their candidate they've developed a hostility toward him. As Scott wrote recently, it's the consultancy and the establishment who aren't ready for progressivism. They fear/loathe Sanders, and they've riled their base up about him.

Is there any other party in the world more determined to lose? Who else would reject and denounce the most popular politician in the country?

Sanders can beat Trump. He can revive the DP, bring it millions of new voters. The establishment Dems and neoliberals have to decide -- who is the LOTE: Trump or Sanders?

Sanders can win, but it's obvious there are people who want to sabotage him, and we know Obama and Clinton both have said they're working in the primaries (to sabotage progressives).

Can we even trust the DNC and DP to run an honest primary?
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 03:55
>> The only people who DON'T love Bernie are the Hillary people -- and that is a problem.

I voted for Hillary thought I would much rather have been able to vote for Bernie, and I am sure if Bernie had won the Primary most Hillary supporters would have voted for him. Hillary had women behind her, at least the older women, and that is a hard thing to match, the desire for mature American women to want the first woman President. It's a shame it did not happen.

It is ironic that that Hillary's voters would have voted for Bernie more likely than Bernie's voters would have voted for Hillary - and that is stupid.

Trump and the Republicans have a ton of money, expertise and an almost total ability to mobilize the flyover red states. I don't know if Bernie would win or not. It's not solid.

When the get to smearing him and talking about Democratic Socialism if things go their normal way. Maybe, maybe not.
+1 # librarian1984 2017-07-13 09:40
While you are lamenting an assumption, here are some concrete facts:

More Sanders supporters voted for Hillary than Hillary people voted for Obama.

Progressives in GA worked for Ossoff while the DP did not support progressives Quist in MT or Thompson in KS.

The House Democrats booed Sanders. The Senate Democrats reprimanded him.

This morning Sanders was asked if Democratic senators supported his idea about reaching out to the working class. He said, 'There are differences of opinion as to how we go forward'.

Polls during the primary consistently had HRC tied with Trump and that's what happened. The same polls showed Sanders beating Trump by around 10 points. Sanders and Trump both captured the fed-up electorate who wanted to challenge the establishment. One can understand why the pols are afraid of him, and they're free to put forward their own candidates -- but how do we guarantee a fair primary election?

Lost in all the Trump election hoopla is the systematic dismantling of US election integrity over the past twenty years -- and the cheating that gave the nomination to Clinton.

(On the bright said, even the PA establishment seems to be uniting behind progressive state senator Daylin Leach in his challenge to US Rep. Pat Meehan.)

The evidence says it's the establishment that won't unite behind Sanders/progres sives, not the other way around -- BUT if the establishment wants to win in 2018 & 2020 they'll go progressive.
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 18:49
The Democrats have had to run to the right to survive ... at least they think they needed to. That is not an easy decision to reverse, particularly when they have had some success with it.

Now, in hindsight, Clinton and Obama as President were not really good choices for Democrats, and Democrats have remorse about that for the most part. We can still be somewhat proud of the first black President, but that is about it.

No huge political institution changes on a dime, and the Democratic party will not either, but to say or think there is no difference between Trump and the Democrats, even if the Democrat was Clinton is just bad judgement.

Maybe you are not old enough to recall McGovern's campaign. As a kid I supported McGovern, but was not old enough to vote. He was very Liberal though much less than Bernie ... and he lost by the worst landslide in history. I don't think you realize institutionally how that affected Democrats, and why it is going to take overwhelming and almost 100% certainty for Democrats to ever take a chance on going that far Left again.

Bernie did a lot in the last election, and can still do alot. I would love to see him win, and love to see a democratic socialist President push America back in line with the rest of the developed world.
+1 # librarian1984 2017-07-14 01:52
I agree for the most part. The DP put in superdelegates etc after the McGovern defeat but it is not just history that determines their behavior. It is corporate money.As I've said here recently, in 2008 Nancy Pelosi was worth $30 million. In 2010, AFTER the financial meltdown, she was worth about $100 million.

If the DP's nervous about a progressive agenda, they had the perfect laboratory in the four special elections, two of which had centrist candidates and two progressive. They could have used those to see what would work. What we saw was that no matter how much money you throw at a 'centrist' they do not win. The progressives were not helped at all by the party but lost by the same amount Ossoff did. Imagine if the DP had helped them. The party should have helped at least progressives to see if that worked.

Hey I would be okay with party unity -- it's the establishment Dems who are not only not unifying, but sabotaging progressives. So again, I say: pressure the party. Get the party to support progressives. Progressives are not the problem.

Secondly, in eight years the DP lost 1000 state seats, 70 House, 13 Senate, 13 governors. How could the progressives do worse than that? And anyone with eyes can see a) the response Sanders is getting and b) the electorate's appetite for reform/change/anti-establishment.

For years I thought the Dems were just spineless but it's more than that. They work for their donors and Wall Street.
+2 # librarian1984 2017-07-13 09:52
In NJ there was a real chance to win the governor's house in 2018 but the DP is running a Goldman Sachs executive!

In CA the DP used the same tactics as the national party (superdelegates etc) to undercut the popular progessive candidate running for state DP chair -- and gave it to a pharmaceutical lobbyist who had campaigned against Sanders' prescription drug bill. Now DEMOCRATS are scuttling the single payer health plan that CA residents want.

The party doesn't want to betray their corporate donors. The 2018 election will undoubtedly have a mix of progressives and neoliberals. We'll see how things go. I believe progressives will outperform establishment candidates -- but that the party will still not flush the neoliberals.

They still see Sanders as an existential threat.

It is OUR job to convince them otherwise.
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 18:53
>> They still see Sanders as an existential threat.
>> It is OUR job to convince them otherwise.

I think it is our job to BE the existential threat to the financial industry such as it is today.

In California I have not seen one single story in the paper or in the media about the Single Payer bill that is working its way though the legislature.

State and City governments, and judgeships are almost all owned by conservatives, even in CA. that is where the money comes from. It is all still about money.
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-15 06:41
Quoting Brice:
In California I have not seen one single story in the paper or in the media about the Single Payer bill that is working its way though the legislature.

Wow. That would be hard to believe if we hadn't seen this same phenomena in regard to Sanders, DAPL, etc. The media is a huge problem.
0 # Brice 2017-07-22 20:19
Correction to that is the radio interview on KALW's website for the program Your Call Radio .... which is brilliant. They talk some pretty sophisticated history of this and the last 2 single payer bills. Librarian, you should look this up because it supports your contentions about the Democrats being institutionally disingenuous ... a very good program .... as about 95% of the ones on this show are ... it is the most Progressive radio show.podcast that I know of, if you are really interested
0 # Brice 2017-07-22 20:25
so, you are agreeing with me? see my previous reply to your other reply ... listen to that podcast and get back to me ... a lot to think about there
+11 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-12 06:10
What a strange place out political system is in right now. Sanders is the real leader of the democratic party but the party itself is doing all it can to keep him at a distance. The republican party is also led by someone it does not like. The two parties are morally and ideologically bankrupt, so leaders who have a genuine appeal to the mass of voters have emerged. Yes, I know, but Trump does have "genuine appeal" to his followers.

Off topic ---

I wonder if Marc or Scott will elaborate on the new caution to commenters.

1. cite some of the media reports warning of "coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites."

2. name the commenters who are suspected of being provocateurs. Who are the "hardened operatives." What are they trying to provoke.

3. what exactly does a comment that crosses these new lines look like.

4. shaping a dialogue is what discussion is all about. Don't the articles posted shape the dialogue. I can understand using unethical and manipulative techniques, so what are these tactics that cross boundaries?

I have to say the tone of this caution is really ominous. It is "Red Scare" stuff. There are infiltrators among us. I just hope Marc or Scott will explain what promoted these new guidelines.
+10 # GDW 2017-07-12 09:07
As Bernie tells us this is our movement and we need to get out there and organize a peaceful resistance
Our election system is corrupted and we need to get involved and reform it. From gerrymandering, to voter purges and straight out hacking the system is corrupt and we need change.
We need to stop waiting for the corporate media to lead the way and support our own leaders.
+5 # librarian1984 2017-07-12 12:20
Yes! And we need to get students registered to vote!

We have to beat them in such overwhelming numbers that they can't ateal it -- and Sanders can do that.
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 03:48
Bernie and Gavin Newsome might be a winning combo ... old balanced with young. I've never really liked Newsome much since he broke up his best friend's marriage by having and affair with his wife ... but he is older now, and people seem to like him, and I have to admit he is confident and can think on his feet. He'd make a great VP, and P if needed.

I just think that Bernie needs to work on being a whole candidate. He had me when he first was talking about a run, I was thrilled about every one of his platform planks, and though he is a pitbull about staying on message, he has to do more than just repeat the same speech over and over.

I do worry about what the country would look like with Bernie and Dems at the top in the White house, and everything else extremist Republican. Even if we can get Bernie in, we're screwed pretty much.

I realized today that schools are so bad in America these days that what passes for school in the Red states is AM radio and TV. Bernie would get a lot of flack, but I don't think there is anyone better for the Democrats to run.
+1 # librarian1984 2017-07-13 10:06
I agree with you, that Newsome puts an attractive face to a new generation of Democrats but he's not progressive enough? I'd like to see Tulsi Gabbard or Nina Turner in the spot.

Many of us would like to have seen Sanders address foreign policy. He didn't talk about it much but when he did I agreed with him, and he seems not to be a puppet of Israel, which may explain some of the nonexuberance pointed in his direction.

The primary debate that was supposed to focus on foreign policy was cancelled by DWS.

I think many people are worried about what a progressive administration would do. How would it affect foreign policy? Would it be 'TOO liberal'? Would anybody work with them?

I think it's worth the gamble, don't you? We've had conservatives, ultraconservati ves, neocons and establishment Dems -- how can a progressive administration be worse than those people? All they can do is fail while trying to take us in the right direction. It would be a welcome change to support the government's agenda instead of fighting to stop its worst abuses.

Maybe some of the bad policies made in recent decades could be reversed -- and it wouldn't be federal policy to surveil us 24/7. Wouldn't THAT be nice?

The admin could start with what Trump should have -- a solid infrastructure bill that would get things rolling.

I agree with you that well meaning people might have reservations about a progressive government -- but that rather astounds me.
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 18:31
Newsome is politically savvy. I could not stand the guy, and yet when i listen to him he is convincing, and sincere, and he has actually acted on his words ... something many other Democrats have not done. At one time I thought I could never support him for anything, but I'd give him a chance. He comports himself well.

I like Nina Turner, and Tulsi Gabbard, but to me they don't have the experience yet. I particularly like Nina Turner, she has experience and the right ideas. Just visually, I think the Democrats have to stop shoving minorities in the country's face for a bit ... that is one thing that could bring back a marginal enough number of people.

A lot of older and not as progressive Americans who otherwise would be Democratic, Liberal or even Progressive are kind of scared or turned off by the amount of energy the Democrats put into wooing minorities because they feel they are the losers. For example, I think if Bernie was black or a women he would not have the credibility he does as an old white man, because he breaks the stereotype and a lot of people listen to him who would turn off say, Nina Turner, or not hear her, despit e both of them saying pretty much the same thing.
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-14 02:19
I've seen Newsome a handful of times. I think he's articulate, smooth, presentable etc. He starts out reasonably but the policies he supports aren't progressive or, I should say, he's socially liberal but not economically. I had an uncle who was a very smooth used car salesman. Newsome reminds me of him -- I don't entirely trust him but I'd like to hear more. I don't have to agree 100% but need single payer support.

Agree the others need more experience but they'd have a great mentor -- and hasn't Trump (and Obama, really) just negated the experience requirement? Cheney had a lot of experience and he was horrible.

Agree that older conservatives/m oderates may feel there are 'too many' minorities but Sanders has got the white guy thing covered. A minority VP shouldn't be a deal breaker and anyone who hears Gabbard or Turner speak quickly sees how remarkable they are.

But where's our bench? We have a new crop of progressives entering the system but where's the midlevel? Stymied by an entrenched establishment. Here in PA Daylin Leach is a strong progressive who will probably run for the senate in 2018.

We could also use progressive mayors and governors. Newsome is a good example -- pols from outside the WDC bubble, pragmatists who know what it means to implement policy and to answer to their constituents.
0 # Brice 2017-07-13 18:39
I've said it before as well - that Sanders need to be able to cobble positions or at least responses to things like Russia, Venezuela - so that he doesn't get trolled by Republican accusations.

To date his answers have been on the order of - I think the real question is, why when the US is the wealthiest nation on Earth do we not have universal health care, which is right, and great but he need to break past that at least a little bit.

Personally, when it comes to Israel, I am a big supporter. I am a big supporter of the US supporting, doing business with and defending any country that is Western civilization, and what Israel faces is a mess because of the corrupt and convoluted domination of the states surrounding it by Islamic extremism, and the fact that the sources of both Sunni and Shia Islam are right there. Islam moderates as you get farther away from this area ... it is at critical mass of corruption. But, that is an unpopular thing to do, and I don't know what Bernie really things about Israel. I think he was there for a while - but I do know Bernie is fair-minded and that even if he was pro-Israel he would do the fair thing for Arabs as well, that is just the way the man is.

Today, the most a progressive government or President could do it give a vision ... there is almost no Democratic/Libe ral or progressive force left in our government. The toxic Libertarians have taken over the Republicans and the government with money.
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-14 02:32
I think the Israelis and Palestinians were in a bad position from the beginning due to ham-fisted decisions made after WW2. While I ympathize with Israel's precarious situation I can't support their methods in the past ten+ years. They have become the thing they hated. They took the low road against people weaker than they are.

Both sides have behaved shamefully and too many civilians have suffered for the sins and stubbornness of their leaders. It's difficult to sympathize with Israel when they kill children, enact what amounts to apartheid and dig up ancient olive groves.

Their recent teaming up with regressive, repressive Saudi Arabia is not a good development either. Their new alliances promise much mischief in the ME, with US selling arms to multiple parties.

I do not want to be the world's arms dealer -- but how do citizens stop this rampant militarism? Our leaders, without exception, seem to have an insatiable appetite for war but I don't believe the people share their lust for empire.
0 # Brice 2017-07-22 20:16
>> I can't support their methods in the past ten+ years. They have become the thing they hated

The problem with these faux-reasonable posts ... ( I sympathize lines ) is that you never mention the root problem - Palestinian terrorism that has engulfed the world.

It was the Palestinians that first took this to the world's innocents, and continues to do so, but never once from someone with your opinions do you ever even mention that ... it is always ... well, both sides are bad, but the Israelis are terrible. Screw that, the Israelis have tried everything, and the evidence for that is that there have made peace and returned land to other countries, they have shown themselves to be reliable and honest as much as any country can, and you skip right over that.

Your brand of progressivism is a farce, and it makes progressives look stupid and dishonest.

I don'e like Saudi Arabia, but they are there, and they are one of the world's biggest military powers, so at least they can be dealt with in some way, unlike Iran or the Palestinians. Your old tired propaganda arguments that used to work when the news from this area was hard to follow are just nonsensical today.

The oppressed Palestinian people need to change their leaders and start to think more about themselves than destroying Israel. Many want to live in peace but they are under the guns of their own people and Islam in general
+1 # Bruce Gruber 2017-07-14 10:45
DNC resistance to Progressives in general and Bernie, in particular, may be deeply seated in his unwillingness to project military priorities, where donor profits are significant and average taxpayer contributions are greatest. When added to concern about his calls for greater investment and more direct government assistance to level the economic field for average citizens, they feel the potential effect on the control that donor $$$ affords. Negative trolling aimed at Bernie about foreign affairs is an 'add-on' to queries regarding "age", "religious affiliation", and issues of social priority. When combined with Hillaritis in an attempt to prevent progressive values from co-opting oligarchs' influence over the DNC candidate selection process, effort 'against' Bernie by the DNC seems greater than their efforts against GOP candidates.
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-15 06:52
Agreed. The DNC sees Sanders as a greater threat than the GOP. We can assume the 2020 race will not be boring. Instead of uniting behind the most popular politician in America, building cohesion and momentum heading toward a showdown with Trump, the Democrats will be doing everything they can to thwart him, continuing to tear the party apart.

I see all the reasons the party is afraid of going down a progressive road, and it's obvious some of them just plain don't like Sanders -- but they lack vision. The people have already moved. It's up to Democrats to decide whether or not they're still relevant.

Sanders' people want him to abandon the party. Many are upset he's still trying to help them. Meanwhile the Dems are doing all they can to push him out the door -- though if he does they'll call him a traitor.

Sanders is too good for them. They don't deserve him. I'd like to see him save the party -- but they seem rather determined to self-immolate.

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