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For the general, staying home just lumps you in with the undifferentiated mass of non-voters, most of whom don't vote for all kinds of random reasons - such as total apathy.
The crazy Republican base has so much power over the business and financier wing of the party because they show up for every election, rain or shine. Leftists? Not so much.
Yes, getting involved is hard, but that's what makes a party "yours." If one sits on the sidelines, doing nothing more than voting and occasionally writing a check, than you have to take what you can get.
One does not just waltz into the party and expect it to do your bidding or support your positions, no matter how "correct" they may be. That is not how groups work.
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!)
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.
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