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Bernie will not be stonewalled if elected.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Bernie will be supported by both houses as they become Democratic. It follows logically that his revolution will be championed with a Presidential victory. That will guarantee sweeping both houses.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Does that include a super majority (60) in the Senate? You will recall that in President Obama's first two years, the Republicans invoked a record number of filibusters

    Huffington Post, October 25, 2012: Republicans Filibuster Everything, Romney Blames Obama for Not Working With Congress

    Take a look at the list of proposed legislation that could not pass, even with a majority vote in the Senate (between 50 and 60 votes). It's astonishing. It's sick. It's even sicker that so many of my liberal friends blamed President Obama....exactly as intended by the Republicans. Liberals bought into the Republican narrative.

    So I hope your confidence extends to Bernie Sanders gaining a super majority in the Senate because the Republicans are not going to treat him differently on Sanders proposed political revolution. They are ruthless. And in 2018 the disheartened Bernie supporters will stay home on election day just like they did in 2010.

    Of course everything I have said here applies to a Hillary Clinton agenda as well, but she is more battle hardened and savvy to the Republican MO. And she will compromise, just like Obama. That hated word..."compromise". Many liberal progressives hated it when Obama compromised, including Bernie Sanders.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt , You are responding to the campaign that has defied all odds. There has never been a campaign candidate that suffered so much negatively from their own party. Bernie is the voice of a growing revolution against oppression. Nobody is denying 30 years of stagnant wages, wide and widening income gap, skyrocketing college costs all happening with Democratic Presidents for over half the period. People have had enough of "this is the best your are going to get". Now they want better than the best effort, they want what is fair and right. It is going to be hard to stop. Better dead than red is not working anymore**. Especially when the red is putting on a billion dollar wedding. Times are so bad that I have been counseling people to start a business selling groceries from trucks. More people are working longer and more jobs that they don't have time to shop groceries.

    ** It won't work on Bernie. He now has credibility that can supersede inuendo.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet -- Like a lot of my fellow liberals, you seem to be living in "La La Land" if you honestly believe that Congress is going to pass the vast socialist agenda in his "political revolution"...and raise taxes to pay for it. Even if he beats out Hillary for the nomination, it will not be a mandate of the American people.

    You might think that the vast majority of Americans will support his agenda, but I am pretty confident they won't. Just wait until his plans are really vetted. Up until now, Hillary Clinton has not vetted Bernie Sanders. The mainstream media likewise has not vetted Bernie Sanders because it would be bad for ratings. Websites like Vox do vet his plans, but how many people read Vox? And in any case, Vox isn't telling people what they want to hear.

    The Republicans meanwhile are sitting there relishing the potential opportunity to vet Sanders after the conventions. That will be a reality show...not La La Land. Sanders will not know what hit him.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- Like a lot of my fellow liberals, you seem to be living in "La La Land" if you honestly believe that Congress is going to pass the vast socialist agenda in his "political revolution"...and raise taxes to pay for it. Even if he beats out Hillary for the nomination, it will not be a mandate of the American people.

    You might think that the vast majority of Americans will support his agenda, but I am pretty confident they won't. Just wait until his plans are really vetted. Up until now, Hillary Clinton has not vetted Bernie Sanders. The mainstream media likewise has not vetted Bernie Sanders because it would be bad for ratings. Websites like Vox do vet his plans, but how many people read Vox? And in any case, Vox isn't telling people what they want to hear.

    The Republicans meanwhile are sitting there relishing the potential opportunity to vet Sanders after the conventions. That will be a reality show...not La La Land. Sanders will not know what hit him.

    Yes Schmidt; I know plenty of people here who live in "la la land"; indeed Bernie will be torpedo'd whichever way; that is how it works here.
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    See election of 1932 for information on FDR's landslide win and Democratic wins in congress.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Timeline of the Great Depression

    Perhaps if the economy was not rescued by massive stimulus bill, we would have had another Great Depression instead of a Great Recession. The events leading up to the 1932 election of FDR have some parallels to the 2008 election of Barack Obama, but the events of today in 2016 do not resemble 1932.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Bernie will be supported by both houses as they become Democratic. It follows logically that his revolution will be championed with a Presidential victory. That will guarantee sweeping both houses.

    That is awfully optimistic.

    I have a hard time seeing the House swinging to the Democrats in November no matter who's elected President. Democrats sitting out the 2010 election pretty much relegated them to the minority party in the House until 2020 at the earliest. There's too many "safe" red districts for the Democrats to make a real play for it.

    The Senate will likely swing to the Democrats no matter who the Democratic nominee is because the math is really tough for Republicans there. They are fighting to keep twice as many seats as the Democrats and many of those seats are in reliably blue states.

    So what we will likely have no matter who is elected is continued divided government for the foreseeable future. I like a lot of Bernie Sanders views, but the political situation in this country will make it damn near impossible to ever get the vast majority of it done.

  • Center Left
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    I see both sides of many of the conversations on this page. I have doubts but at least they are not about Bernie Sanders commitment to change. Nothing is going to get better by doing the same thing over and over again. Doesn't it seem wrong that several billion dollars will be spent on this Presidential election, while our infrastructure is crumbling. Our political system has a lot to answer for. Both parties are now working to take voters rights away. Look at all of the citizens that were denied the right to vote in the Arizona primary. They are blaming it on a hack by "Anonymous". Should we really believe that they are against Bernie Sanders, who is truly the people's candidate ? Now the powers that be are trying to rig the elections in Washington, DC, the capital of our nation. Campaign finance reform is the key to reforming our government and we know there will be a mountain of opposition. However, I think there are citizens in both parties that are ready for this and it will take strong support from the people. We can't afford to just be negative. We need to work with a leader that is dedicated to working for the common good. Of the many times that I have voted for a President, this is the first time that we have had a candidate that makes me feel that I am voting to bring respect and honesty back to our Democracy.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Mcsweet Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Schmidt , You are responding to the campaign that has defied all odds. There has never been a campaign candidate that suffered so much negatively from their own party. Bernie is the voice of a growing revolution against oppression. Nobody is denying 30 years of stagnant wages, wide and widening income gap, skyrocketing college costs all happening with Democratic Presidents for over half the period. People have had enough of "this is the best your are going to get". Now they want better than the best effort, they want what is fair and right. It is going to be hard to stop. Better dead than red is not working anymore**. Especially when the red is putting on a billion dollar wedding. Times are so bad that I have been counseling people to start a business selling groceries from trucks. More people are working longer and more jobs that they don't have time to shop groceries.

    ** It won't work on Bernie. He now has credibility that can supersede inuendo.

    You either get or you don't. It's about believing in something bigger than oneself/the status quo. However, he hasn't suffered negativity from his own party -- he's not a Democrat. I love Bernie, but he's a carpetbagger in that sense, just like HRC is a carpetbagger in New York State.
    I forget that Bernie is an independent. It is that the party of the working person is in such opposition to the first working person representative in a long time that bothers me.