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I expect this to change and probably starting soon. The people about whom Yves is writing are busy professionals, but they are very likely to see that now they do have to take the time and effort to become effective in the political arena. And, if Hillary gets the nomination, they will have available a cadre of experienced people from whom to draw - those who supported Bernie this cycle. Every presidential candidate has to build his own machine and it then becomes part of his political capital.

Plus, I expect Sanders to keep his volunteer organization active. One thing the people Yves is discussing can and almost certainly will do is to support financially Sander's efforts to have a continuous campaign and to focus on electing progressives to Congress and the Senate. I hope they have the wisdom to extend those efforts to local politics as well. I expect an alternative to the DNC to emerge by Jan. '17 - whether is identifies as a group within the Democratic Party or as a new party. How thing go at the convention concerning the platform, the rules by which future primaries will be conducted, etc. will have a role to play in determining if and how enthusiastically current primary opponents of Clinton support her in the fall.

Given what a disaster Trump appears to be creating the DNC could well decide that, once more, progressives don't matter and they don't have to concede anything. I hope this is not the case. I would like to see the Democratic Party turn more progressive and become the instrument for fundamental change as it was in the '30s.    

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 at 11:54:42 PM EST
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I hope to be positively surprised, but do not expect it.  I've known a fair number of American far-left sorts, and far too many of them are content to sit on the sidelines and let things burn.  Both sides are the same, the system is rigged, don't bother, etc.

Seeing this attitude creeping into the Bernie crew drove me nuts, because for the first time in a while there was a real campaign for a moderate leftist with actual supporters showing up and campaigning and voting.  Unfortunately, for far too many of them, I think it's much more likely that the will end up in the "why bother, the system is corrupt" camp, rather than the "we need to keep fighting" camp.

by Zwackus on Fri Jun 3rd, 2016 at 06:49:54 PM EST
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Obviously I have no privileged viewpoint from half the world away but I'm pretty sure this time is different. Anger is a powerful motivator if it is directed and not accompanied with a feeling of powerlessness. And nothing helps against feelings of powerlessness like numbers. So I don't get the calls for everyone to calm down. Everyone should stay angry, especially at local party elites and throw them out if they don't fall in line.

Nur der Euro bleibt stehen - von Berlin bis Athen - Georg Kreisler
by generic on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 04:45:38 AM EST
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