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Dems should have listened to Bernie. Electing the known flawed candidate was an epic failure.Time to clean house at the DNC.

 

He wouldn't have won either. The Republican mantra would have been "socialist, socialist, socialist".

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IMHO, Hillary blew it because she predictably swung to the right immediately after the convention. No one believed that she really supported any type of progressive agenda. Never once did I hear her talk about any of the planks agreed to in the Democratic platform. Instead, she courted republican neo-cons, and openly stated that she will "work with republicans", in a misguided attempt to attract republican voters. I am so sick of centrist Democrats appeasing, or cowering to the right wing nut jobs. The truth is there are no more moderates left in the republican party, and there should be none left in the Democratic Party either. Bernie's revolution was killed off by the Clintons, Wasserman-Schultz, and other weak kneed Democrats. After that, Trump hijacked the message to win the rust belt states with no intention of delivering.

 

 

If she didn't have the conviction to stand up and fight these morons in open warfare, then she should have taken her Wall St. millions and retired.

 

The ONLY reason that Trump and the Republicans have taken over the country is........ Hillary. Good riddance.

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In the months and years ahead, the Democratic Party needs to reorganize itself along more non-apologetic leftist lines. The Clinton's grip on the party is now greatly weakened.

 

This election was a loss of truly devastating proportions. The new Republican president is a proto-fascist, psychopathic con artist. The house and the senate are in Republican hands. So the Supreme Court can now be packed with far-Right judges of their choosing.. The Republicans have added to their list of state governors and state legislators, making possible even more gerrymandering. The Democratic leadership and their elitist views, must be held responsible and they must be replaced with new blood because the Democratic Party has been looking increasingly like Republican lite. Social issues are important but they need to be integrated with plans for the restoration of the middle class, also.

 

The Democratic Party needs to embrace a platform which promises people real relief from declining standards of living .... a platform that promises to end the double standard in the US now, with one set of rules for corporations and the very wealthy and another for everyone else .... A platform that promises to bring back peace and prosperity.

 

Bernie's unexpected success in the Democratic primary showed that there is a hunger for a more leftist agenda in the Democratic Party. In fact, part of Bernie's appeal cut across party lines.

 

The terms "Socialist" and "Democratic Socialist", must be reintroduced to the American people in a new light. We have the one shining example of FDR, who took the Nation in a Socialist direction. And the Republicans of that time were hardly shy about angrily calling FDR a Socialist and Communist. But, under FDR, the term lost much of it's stigma.

 

There's a whole new generation of Berniecrats out there, ready to answer the call.

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Bernie was right.

 

Would he have won? I don't know. It would have been a different campaign. It would have had different points of attack, contention, debate. It would have been a contest between two charismatic men who inspired large numbers of people. I think it would have been a more dynamic, exciting election. I think it would have been more hopeful.

 

This is my take-away, something that I saw before but didn't understand.

 

It isn't enough for a president to be qualified and smart. It isn't enough for a president to understand what to do in any situation. What is necessary is for a president to be a leader, and to come across as a leader. I understand that now. People are visceral beings, who follow their emotions and instinct as much if not more than their intellect. To trust a leader, one has to believe in that leader. And Trump's charisma appealed to more people in the right places than Clinton's did. I'll note the right places, because Clinton got about 200K more popular votes than Trump did. (Another reason to end the Electoral College.)

 

To be President, you should be qualified. This is a priority, or should be. You should have at least some clue of the world around you. You should, you know, know what Aleppo is, Gary Johnson. Hem. But you also have to be able to appeal to people on more than one level. You should be able to inspire trust and confidence. Why? Because in times of crisis, people need to be able to follow your lead and trust you implicitly. Bernie was good at this. Trump was good at this. Clinton was not as good at this.

 

You also have to be able to read your electorate. You have to understand what motivates them, and appeal to that. Again, Bernie and Trump were good at this, Clinton, less so.

 

Of the three, she was doubtlessly the most qualified in terms of experience. But under the ineffable qualification of coming across as a leader, she obviously did not meet the qualification. And this explains why people like Bush won, or Reagan, or JFK. It's not just qualifications, it isn't just policy or platform, or even ideology. There's also a psychological component of who inspires people to follow him or her. It's how cultists get followers, but it's also how good leaders get them too.

 

I think it's something that we have to factor in. I really do. How do we not only get qualified people, but how do we teach them to inspire others to trust them as leaders?

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No, you blew it by not voting. Nice fascist enabling. Epic fail on you.

 

Bill

I am so effing sick and tired of this.

 

Not you specifically, Bill, but everywhere.

 

Sure, blame the people who couldn't bring themselves to support her.

 

Seriously?

 

Instead, blame her for not bridging the party divide. Blame her for not being a candidate that actually gave enough people reason to vote for her. Blame her for being tone-deaf to the electorate. Blame her for her shortcomings, not those people who desperately wanted a progressive candidate they could believe in.

 

That candidate wasn't Hillary. Please stop with the voter-shaming and the voter-blaming.

 

She had many chances, many things she could have done. She failed. End of story.

 

Blame the tone-deaf DNC also. They failed epically.

 

But don't blame the voters who chose someone else other than Hillary or Trump.

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No, you blew it by not voting. Nice fascist enabling. Epic fail on you.

 

Bill

Just FYI, I did vote for her. As you know, I have had many problems with her as a candidate, but as a good Democrat, I held my nose and pulled the lever. I supported the Democratic Platform as it was written (except for 1 sentence), Hillary abandoned the Platform.

The TV ads she paid millions for featured nothing but republicans (either Trump, Neo-cons, or so-called moderate Republican voters).

 

SpyCar... I will just ask you this:

 

When Hillary runs in the 2020 Democratic Primary, will you vote for her?

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The TV ads she paid millions for featured nothing but republicans (either Trump, Neo-cons, or so-called moderate Republican voters).

 

Just one of the Clinton team's major errors in judgement. In large measure, she chose to run as the "I'm not Trump" candidate rather than concentrate the public's attention on her progressive agenda. It is telling that Hillary was reluctant or ashamed to advertise a left position but chose to sling mud, instead.

 

 

When Hillary runs in the 2020 Democratic Primary, will you vote for her?

 

If the Democrats are to stand any chance to recover from this gigantic defeat, the Clinton's influence on the Democratic Party must be terminated. The outcome of this election demonstrates how badly they have failed the party of FDR, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

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When Hillary runs in the 2020 Democratic Primary, will you vote for her?

 

 

If the Democrats are to stand any chance to recover from this gigantic defeat, the Clinton's influence on the Democratic Party must be terminated. The outcome of this election demonstrates how badly they have failed the party of FDR, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

 

She'll be too old in four years anyway.

 

Before that happens we have to write our representatives and Senators to make our opposition known to whatever nonsense comes out of this administration and Congress.

 

The next big hurdle is the mid-term elections in two years.

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She'll be too old in four years anyway.

 

She's too old now. At sixty nine, anyone's mental abilities are in decline. So why would Hillary or her supporters see age seventy three as a serious obstacle? Bernie Sanders is seventy five and Trump is seventy. Jill Stein is sixty six and Gary Johnson; just a juvenile at sixty three. This season, the geriatric set ruled.

 

 

Before that happens we have to write our representatives and Senators to make our opposition known to whatever nonsense comes out of this administration and Congress.

 

The next big hurdle is the mid-term elections in two years.

 

Very frustrating writing to the likes of Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Chris Stewart and getting back condescending, noncommittal, form letters, not saying much more than how busy they are already. But I keep doing it, proving Einstein's definition of madness.

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"If the Democrats are to stand any chance to recover from this gigantic defeat, the Clinton's influence on the Democratic Party must be terminated. The outcome of this election demonstrates how badly they have failed the party of FDR, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson."

 

We shall see... If Howard Dean gets selected as the new DNC chair, there will be no recovering...

 

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said he is running for his old job atop the Democratic Party.

Dean tweeted Thursday. "Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again."

 

Could things get any worse?

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Bernie Sanders enthusiastically endorses Keith Ellison. Keith is set to announce his candidacy on Monday.

 

As of 11/11/2016

In less than 24 hours, more than 250,000 people signed a petition agreeing with me that Keith Ellison should be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

That sounds to me like people want a political revolution at the DNC and that they want the Democratic Party to move in a very different direction. They want a Democratic Party to stand up to the greed of Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry and corporate America, and represent the working people of our country and all those fighting for economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

Now more than ever, that is the Democratic Party we need. That is the kind of Democratic Party Keith will lead.

We like big goals. I think we will send an incredibly strong message to the Democratic Party if we can get more than 500,000 signatures supporting Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the DNC when he formally announces his candidacy on Monday.

 

Please add your name to say you want to see Rep. Keith Ellison – a progressive leader who believes in grassroots politics – as the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

 

You can read more about why I think Keith should be DNC Chair in my email from yesterday, which is included below.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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Howard Dean:

 

“Look, I like Keith Ellison a lot. He's a very good guy. There's one problem. You cannot do this job and sit in a political office at the same time. It's not possible.”

 

I do not recall Dean saying this about "Wasserman-Schultz" . Clearly, there is an effort underway to keep the old guard in place, and purge Progressives from the Democratic Party. Dean has consistently bashed Sanders and others in order to keep the the centrist dems in power.

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