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February 29, 2016


Peter G

It would take a lot at this point to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Impossible I should think. But it is not yet too late to snatch gridlock from the possibility of a large shift in the House and Senate. To achieve that you would need to hammer home on the Democratic side the systemic corruption of the party and the futility of voting to change anything.

Marc McKenzie

One hopes, PM, one hopes. But that depends on us getting the hell out there and getting many to turn out and vote. I wouldn't put it past the "both parties are the same!" crowd to moan and groan and thus express their desire to screw things up royally because their favorite candidate didn't get the nom on the Democratic side...but the fact is, this election is really ours to lose.

Of course, if some want to suck their teeth and throw hissy fits, fine. But I remember how that worked back in 2000....and we're still cleaning up the mess.


@ Marc McKenzie, look on the bright side, at least if it's a nail-biter this year, the Supreme Court won't be able to mess with the outcome the way they did in 2000.


One quibble with your post, which I mostly agree with. The percentage of Bernie supporters who say they will not support Hillary in the general is higher than 15% in this poll - it's 33%.

P.M. Carpenter

I see where you got that figure, but those aren't necessarily Sanders supporters. They are anti-Clinton Democrats and Democratic leaners, which means some could be Sanders supporters but others could be Trump supporters for all we know. I confess I took CNN's word for the 15% figure; I was unable to track it down in the breakdowns. My mistake for saying it's in the internals. It may be, but I couldn't find it.

Jack Roy

Hey Man! (edit: or "Ma'am", I guess, since it suddenly occurred to me I don't know your gender...)

I was working on a blog entry over at Daily Kos (read and post there a bit... though recently it's been overrun by the Bernie Brigade), trying to detail the devastating implications of Sanders' ridiculous answers to Matthews about "how" he would get anything done. I realized I needed the exact transcript so I googled "Matthews Sanders Transcript".

Though I did eventually find it, I also found this blog, which I like. Particularly the article you wrote about the Sanders/Matthews interview that the Google brought me to. It helped me realize there's no point in trying to calmly express to deadenders that, "Hey, Mitch. Look out that window, huh?" is not a governing strategy.

Then, hours later, Kos himself dropped a rare blog that basically said, "okay, you've taken over my site for months, but on Tuesday when Bernie goes down so does the fanboy bullshit."

Should all be over by Wednesday if she bags MA in the haul.

Anyway, Like the way you write/think politics. You should cross-post over there. You'd get some interested traffic over here.

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