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As always, I acknowledge that Sanders' task is daunting. I don't think it is impossible. There are more than three months left and a lot can happen. I will not concede that Sanders cannot get the nomination until he has not. Hillary might not be a complete disaster, but Bernie could be as good as it will ever get.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 11th, 2016 at 11:15:14 AM EST
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Question is: What happens to the Sanders organization when the campaign is seen to be a hopeless cause? If does appear to be a hopeless cause.  (I grant there's still a hope as a 3/11/16.)  Is it going to be another crash into apathy as what happened with Obama in 2008 - 2010  or are they going to continue the fight?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Mar 11th, 2016 at 01:11:22 PM EST
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The Obama campaign held on to their systems and data and wanted to shut down the activists, as they had already implied more than they wanted to deliver and Obama had need of the system for 2012 and to assist whoever he wanted in 2016. Bernie is in a different situation. He wants, first and foremost, to bring about the change he has been advocating, preferably now by winning the presidency. I would expect him to want the campaign to continue to build support for his program and to influence the 2018 midterm and 2020 election.

If he loses the nomination, his organization, his volunteers and the data they have amassed would be quite a mantle to bestow on a suitable successor. That is what I would expect him to do. We will know the answer soon enough, should he not get the nomination. He could do what he could to help Hillary and to get a more progressive Congress and Senate. Both would help him push his agenda from the Senate. He ran this time because no other viable progressive emerged.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 11th, 2016 at 03:30:42 PM EST
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Getting a more progressive Congress and helping Clinton are two, very different things.  No DLCer wants progressive anything, and Sanders knows change will never happen with the DLC in charge.
by rifek on Mon Mar 21st, 2016 at 10:26:43 PM EST
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Pardon my ambiguity. I should have said 'saddle' Clinton with a more Progressive House. I didn't expect her to like it any more than Obama liked the Democratic Progressive Caucus he had. Who likes a bad conscience that won't keep quiet in public?


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 22nd, 2016 at 08:38:31 PM EST
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A progressive rebirth is the DLC's worst nightmare.
by rifek on Wed Mar 23rd, 2016 at 10:32:44 AM EST
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