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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:16 PM

Democrats worried about infighting should remember they've been through it before

After all the worrying among Democrats about Bernie Sanders and his supporters going rogue in the general election and refusing to rally behind a nominee who embodies the establishment politics they detest, those concerns are fading rapidly as the presidential primaries wind to a close.

Unity does not look nearly as elusive for the party this year as it did at the end of the bitter primary campaign in 2008, and it is in no small part because the two candidates who went through the bruising process then found themselves in the middle of it again this year. President Obama and Hillary Clinton were determined to see it go more smoothly this time.

The two painstakingly planned how to go about drawing in Sanders supporters before the nomination race was even over. It helped that they had Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), herself a leader of the progressive movement like Sanders, to go along with them. And it helped even more that the alternative to Clinton in November is Donald Trump, a Republican candidate who horrifies even the most steadfast Clinton skeptics on the left.

“Nothing unites the people of Earth like a threat from Mars,” said Paul Begala, a longtime advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, now the strategist for the main super PAC seeking to elect her. “To Democrats, Donald Trump is not just in a parade of conservative Republicans they disagree with. They view him, rightly, as a bigot.”

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-democrats-unity-20160611-snap-story.html

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Reply Democrats worried about infighting should remember they've been through it before (Original post)
Zorro Jun 2016 OP
jamese777 Jun 2016 #1
JonLeibowitz Jun 2016 #2
oberliner Jun 2016 #4
oberliner Jun 2016 #3
Tierra_y_Libertad Jun 2016 #5
Bluenorthwest Jun 2016 #6

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:27 PM

1. Thank goodness its Trump!

"I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:47 PM

2. Thank goodness we have Paul Begala & Donna Brazile to speak for Sanders supporters!

I'm sure they're honestly speaking from their experiences with how Sanders supporters are thinking about a Clinton presidency and Clintonian politics.

No way this is an attempt to show unity despite any evidence of such from the grassroots.

No siree.

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Response to JonLeibowitz (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:55 PM

4. They are speaking for the Clinton supporters

 

Who worry that the Bernie voters won't unify with them in the general.

They are telling them not to worry.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:54 PM

3. Paul has got those one-liners at the ready

 

I wonder if he comes up with them on his own.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 09:14 PM

5. No sale.

 

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 10:25 PM

6. Those other Republicans Begala says he 'just disagrees with' are also bigots. They have always

 

been bigots. Trump is more vulgar and less filtered but he's certainly not the only Republican bigot. What's Paul trying to sell with that pile of shit?

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