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I think we are witnessing a political realignment, not a pole reversal. It is unclear how this will go. If a progressive like Bernie can ever win the presidential primary the Democrats could become a much more progressive party. The republicans ARE now becoming a much more conservative party. Some Republicans might go to the Democratic Party, but it is also possible that a new centrist party could emerge, at least briefly. If Sanders doesn't win this nomination there could be a significant Green Party by 2020. Jill Stein is solid and a socialist, effectively. They need to get on the ballot in all 50 states. As it is she is offering to discuss giving Sanders the Presidential slot this year if Hillary prevails. I doubt he will accept. But things could be different in 2020.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 09:54:19 PM EST
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