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Proud Liberal Dem

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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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I'm of the opinion that it will be difficult for the Republicans to nominate a successful candidate

this year (i.e. one with widespread appeal). That being said, we need to resist the urge to be complacent and unify quickly around whoever wins the Democratic nomination to make sure not only that a Republican doesn't win but that we get a good turnout at the local, state, and Congressional levels. If we can get the Senate back, that will at least make life a little easier for Hillary or Bernie in the WH.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Feb 7, 2016, 09:16 PM (0 replies)

What about

all of those other non-Presidential nominees that won Iowa in years past (i.e. Bill Bradley)?

This doesn't mean that Bernie can/will win the Democratic nomination. It just means that he made a strong showing and he's (obviously) still in the race and competitive. Likewise, Hillary (barely) winning in Iowa doesn't prove that her campaign is in disarray or "in trouble" either.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 12:42 PM (2 replies)

They're talking about this is horrible for Clinton

The fact that she won (by a razor thin margin) in a state where Bernie was heavily favored and one that she doesn't need to win (and where she lost badly in 2008) should be good for her campaign overall IMHO. Bernie made a strong showing too but his close loss doesn't portend a future victory for him as some of his supporters are trying to argue.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:48 AM (1 replies)

It's personal for some people

Republicans don't want to face her and some left-wingers REALLY don't want her to be the nominee and have to vote for her. Both groups want to see her washed out of the race. So far, both groups, despite some titilating headlines, aren't getting what they want.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:13 PM (0 replies)

Nobody is saying that Bernie won't get *anything* done

Some of us are, however, saying that, absent circumstances I can't quite conceive of at present, many of things that Sanders is running on are DOA in a Congress where at least half of it will likely be Republican-Controlled. Symbolically and policy-wise, Bernie is great but he will be constrained by the many of the same political realities that Barack Obama has faced (and gotten a lot of progressive grief over). Not saying that Hillary will have an easier run of things with Speaker Ryan (assuming he survives the "Freedom Caucus") but if there is one thing that she knows, it's how to fight the Republicans and it will be enough for me if she (or Bernie) manages to uphold the successes and achievements of the Obama Presidency and modestly expands on them should we get ourselves in gear at the Congressional level and win back a majority in both Houses. But Bernie isn't going to be able to, through force of will, get Republicans to support Single Payer. That isn't defeatism IMHO. That's reality (unfortunately).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Jan 29, 2016, 02:31 PM (1 replies)

And when it doesn't happen

they will all turn on him- like they did with Obama when he didn't deliver everything fast enough. I support SP but there is no realistic path that I can see to achieving it on a national level in at least the next 4 (and possibly more) years. I think that it would be best if we could find a strongly blue state or two with solid Democratic/progressive majorities (i.e. California) to set up a SP system that works to demonstrate that it can work well. In the meantime, we need to hold the WH, work on gaining solid progressive majorities in Congress, and tweaking ACA to make it more progressive (i.e. Public Option). Getting any kind of progressive tweaking of the ACA past Ryan's padlocked Republican House is going to be really challenging but fighting for SP with a Republican House (at least) is akin to tilting at windmills.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 01:42 PM (3 replies)

It aggravates me too

No employer in their right mind would hire somebody who outright told them that they don't actually believe in the job they are applying for. It just makes no sense. *smh*
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:34 AM (0 replies)

ACA (barely) got passed

by a Democratic-controlled Congress no less- and even then it was basically by the skin of its teeth due to the use of reconciliation. SP is going nowhere in Congress until we have more (progressive) Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress and a Democratic POTUS. It's not going anywhere as long as the Republicans control one or both chambers or can filibuster legislation to death in the Senate.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jan 14, 2016, 02:40 PM (1 replies)

How would Sanders ensure that states couldn't opt-out of "Berniecare"?

ACA didn't technically allow for states to opt-out of Medicaid expansion but I believe that SCOTUS ruled in 2012 that states could (and many did initially and eagerly). Wouldn't SCOTUS- assuming current composition- take the same hatchet to Bernicare- assuming it were to come to fruition (except, in this case, the consequences would be even more dire)?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 13, 2016, 03:02 PM (1 replies)

That's probably more of the tack I would have taken

I would love to have a system similar to Canada, UK, etc. but it will take a long hard slog to get there, not to mention a significantly "bluer" Congress to actually get it done- though it's worth mentioning that legislators tried- and failed- to get SP off the ground in Sanders' significantly more progressive home state of Vermont, so it's probably going to be difficult in any event making such a large scale transition all at once. As I understand it, even places like Canada didn't go SP overnight.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 13, 2016, 10:41 AM (1 replies)
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