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Response to Hekate (Reply #97)

Tue Apr 18, 2017, 02:58 PM

100. thanks Hekate!

I certainly don't want or even foresee a "Sander's takeover". It certainly seems someone coined that just to stir the pot and get clicks. That said, I think he surprised a lot of people with his popularity, which lets face it wasn't built on personal charisma, although he does have a certain 'favorite but grumpy old uncle' vibe to him. It was his boldness to push for a platform far more progressive than any Democrat running had done before. And do it unapologetically. He was an admitted "democratic socialist". Yet he did well and attracted both young people and independents. I think the DNC and others couldn't help but notice and it would be the height of foolishness not to learn from that going forward.

Even if one, for whatever reason, did not like him as a person, although I don't know how, why not use his popularity to our advantage? Milk it and sell it in bottles. We have to use whatever allies and advantages we can right now.

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