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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2015, 12:16 AM

6. I don't remember Sanders as a fervent opposition to the Obama administration

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...he caucused with Democrats and he voted quite frequently with them. Lot and lots of people in our party hold very fast to their ideals, but in our political system of government they're rarely able to keep those ideals intact when it comes to reconciling them into actual votes in our national legislature. Sanders understands this as well as anyone. He's operated and voted that way as a Senator caucusing with Democrats.

I think rhetoric like this is wonderful. In fact, much of what's written here was written about Barack Obama in 2008. While we may well take this opportunity to bask in Sanders' unwavering rhetoric and a groundswell of support in our Democratic primary, we shouldn't lose sight of the reception to this candidacy from the majority who isn't yet in the Sanders camp. That includes voters in our party who stand with the woman so readily and blithely demonized here.

Is there really nothing supporters have gained from their candidate's pledge to rise above this kind of personalization of his rivals? It's a wonder they expect to garner enough of their support to get to the finish line.

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