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I think it is clear that Sanders has already won the battle for the future direction of the Democratic Party. By 2020 a majority of Democrats under 50 will almost certainly support a Sanders like agenda and new party members will have made their presence felt.

But, if by 2018 it becomes clear that the party incumbents are uniting to reject any challenge to the neo-liberalism of the present Clintonian Democrats, that could result in a third party arising as a home for those insisting on change. I would expect that, in a relatively short time, that third party would merge with the remnants of the Democrats who have not joined the Republicans. I would hate to see the legacy of FDR discarded by those who now call themselves Democrats. And I would much rather see the Clintonian period of the Democratic Party come to be seen as an aberration.

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 19th, 2016 at 09:37:47 PM EST
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