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Bernie is a better politician playing from a much weaker position. His priorities would be:

  1. Bring law to Wall Street and rein in fraud - something he could make a good start on even with opposition from Congress - do everything possible administratively to improve the economy and beginning the process through surrogates, like Stephany Kelton and others of the same school, of changing the popular perception of economics and monetary possibilities while presenting the reasons for his legislative agenda;

  2. Continue and build the campaign that got him elected so as to increase his support in Congress and by the public in the 2018 by election; then use that to push through more of his agenda, most likely much greater infrastructure spending to more quickly transition to renewable energy and stimulate consumption;

  3. Use that momentum to push through the rest of his agenda, while continuing all of the above, win reelection and complete a political transition with a reformulated, DLC free Democratic Party fit for the rest of the 21st Century.

Were he to get the chance.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 05:52:22 PM EST
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If Bernie is the Democratic candidate against Trump he is much more likely than Hillary both to win and to bring in a Democratic House. Strong leadership from election eve forward could build momentum to push through legislation that seems inconceivable presently, including some form of single payer or Medicare For All, even if it starts with only those over 50 being able to join. Broad and strong popular support, coupled with fear of being targeted for replacement in 2018 primaries, could result in more legislative accomplishments that we might expect. Bernie has been very good at getting legislation he sponsors adopted and could be a factor in lobbying Congress for his agenda.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 05:58:56 PM EST
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Bull. Fucking. Shit.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 08:04:13 PM EST
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About to the same degree that an H. Clinton presidency will be - i.e. not even as good as Obama's. And there aren't even straws long enough to reach the surface as it is.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 08:33:55 PM EST
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Are you sure that you don't suffer cynicism poisoning? You really think that every non idiot politician at 74 years will have his employment prospects at 80 as his highest priority?
Because that sounds silly to me.
by generic on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 05:57:31 AM EST
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No, I'm quite sure I don't suffer cynicism poisoning.  He'd, in the scenario in which he managed to win the primary and then the general, have such prospects.

Is there an element of "I'm not running for re-election, so I'll do what I want"?  Sure.  But that's not generally the case, and it isn't present here.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 22nd, 2016 at 11:33:18 AM EST
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