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Response to sadoldgirl (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2015, 12:50 AM

13. Enthusiasm isn't transferable.

That's particularly true with respect a political movement that's advocating for a revolution in thinking.

One can't take the enthusiasm for Bernie and just pass it along to Hillary, because the enthusiasm isn't for Bernie as a person but for Bernie as a political advocate for real change and concrete action. Not even part of that enthusiasm is transferable to Hillary, and her campaign and supporters know it.

One of the most absurd political "memes" in this '16 primary campaign focusses on "will Bernie Sanders push Hillary Clinton to the left?". It's a push-polling type meme, of course, as it assumes that Hillary Clinton will win the primary contest. But beyond that, it's absurd because there's no question whatsoever that there's no chance that the leader of the DLC, the Third-Way corporatist wing of the Democratic Party, will be "pushed to the left" by anybody - any more than the oligarchy that she serves will be "pushed" anywhere. The DLC, the Third-Way, aren't defined with that kind of thing in mind. They are defined to serve the oligarchy. To see how absurd the question is, consider the adjoint: "will Hillary Clinton push Bernie Sanders to the right?" Heh.

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