The Democratic primary is over. It’s time to take on the Republicans.

The New York primary is over, and for all intents and purposes, so is the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee.

Bernie Sanders may or may not have accepted that fact, but it’s time for Democrats to move on either way. What Bernie should or shouldn’t do is no longer relevant to winning the Presidency. Democrats, led by the Clinton campaign, need to pivot to winning in November.

It starts with the White House and ends with state legislative seats across the country. Regaining a majority in the Senate is on the table, as is gaining more seats in the House. We win by making every Republican running for office own Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as the leaders of their party. Hold them accountable for everything Cruz and Trump say from now until November.

We win by reminding voters constantly that the GOP, led by Trump and/or Cruz, stands only for obstruction. To the point where they won’t even meet with President Obama’s supreme court nominee, much less do their constitutional duty of vetting him.

Hillary Clinton, via Roger H. Goun / Flickr

Hillary Clinton, via Roger H. Goun / Flickr

Democrats have a strong case to make to America. We have a battle-tested nominee ready to go into the general election arena. And, should he choose to do so, we have Senator Sanders who can galvanize his supporters to help Clinton and progressives in down ticket races.

We have a strong base of small dollar donors who give more funds, more often to Democratic candidates each cycle. And we’re running against a Republican party that’s completely in disarray. Oh yeah, and have I mentioned that our opponents will be led by Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?

It’s time to hit the reset button. In-fighting is fine during a primary, but that’s over now. From today on we need to focus on doing everything we can to make sure that the nightmare scenario of President Donald Trump never becomes a reality. We need to elect a Democratic President and give them as many progressive elected officials as we can. We need to win because the stakes really are as high as they seem. Who’s with me?

Melissa Ryan
Melissa Ryan is a political consultant. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign. Visit her website at melissaryan.net or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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  • Moonbeam_Song

    You’re free to think that, but frankly I think that is oversimplified to the point of not being particularly useful, and I can’t recall any Democrats 20 years ago making the same kind of overtures to communist countries that Mr. Sanders did. At the very least it was never a “this is what Democrats are” kind of thing. So I do believe you might be picking and choosing to make your argument, glossing over some of the things in Sanders’ past that don’t suit your point, while not giving the same courtesy to Clinton.

    However, if framing things in that way personally helps you, more power to you. We all have to decide what we feel is important. Internet comments rarely change minds, unfortunately.

    For myself, when so-called liberals start to ape failed GOP lies and smear tactics against a fellow liberal, I have difficulty taking that as useful or serious. In fact, I find it troubling and without merit.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    You are free to read into this as much as you like, although none of where you took that is actually what I said.

    But, if we must, then we should note that both Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton have evolved over the years, so neither of them has remained stagnant. Both have made changes that some view as negative and others positive. Certainly I don’t hear Mr. Sanders extolling the virtues of communism or communist peoples as much as he did in the past.

    How you choose to interpret that, how you measure one against the other, or whether or not you fairly review the changes in one versus the changes in another, how you take one’s changes in the worst possible light and then frame the other in the best possible light, is entirely your business.

    Overall, my original, rather broad, belief, not relegated to either candidate, remains as true as it did when I first stated it: I would not trust someone who held 100% the same positions in every way, now as they did 25 years ago. And since neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Sanders have done so, since both have evolved from the positions they held 25 years ago, I don’t see how that statement favors either candidate.

  • Rainbird

    What I am saying is Hillary is what Republicans were 20 years ago. Bernie Sanders is what Democrats were 20 years ago.

  • Rainbird

    Wow, this is the most Hillary-centric explanation of her waffling ever! So Bernie, fighting for human rights and minorities for 25 years, BAD! Hillary, talks about “super-predators” then a few short years later she has lived life experiences (and now she needs their vote) GOOD! Bernie, who never has accepted super PAC money, BAD! Hillary and Bill have had their experience changed to the tune of $153 million dollars, GOOD! Bernie has had a D- from the NRA, BAD! Hillary in 2008 described herself as a “pro-gun churchgoer” but now she has lived live experiences and strongly supports gun control, GOOD!

    I could go on and on…

    She takes millions of dollars in bribes called campaign donations. Those donators expect a return on investment.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    Yes, it is. If you aren’t being changed by your experiences, if you aren’t learning, then you aren’t having enough experiences, or else you are stagnant and close-minded to the experiences you are having.

    The idea that someone had the perfect opinion on everything 25 years ago and so feels they have no need to change their mind on anything at all, no matter what they’ve lived through or experienced in the last 25 years, is pretty absurd — unless you are a Buddha, I guess.

    Life is change. Not changing = not living.

  • Rainbird

    Here is how I think it could play out. The republicans will screw-over Trump in a contested convention. Trump will have a tantrum and split off to run as an independent. With a split republican party, a Sanders write-in campaign could do pretty well.

  • Rainbird

    Oh she will commit to anything. Getting her to remember it after the election though is a long shot.

  • Rainbird

    Here is the complication. The DNC doesn’t want to change. The media doesn’t want the DNC to change. If you are calling the words and platform modifications Hillary has made when it was looking like she would lose, those are all just false promises. I am planning to write in Bernie if I can’t check a box for him. The democratic party has to change a whole lot before I am going to support it. I don’t really buy the fear, uncertainty and doubt in the threat of a GOP victory, particularly a Trump victory. To me, he seems less dangerous than Hillary.

  • Rainbird

    Is it? Or is it more a matter of the rest of us catching up?

  • DCinDC

    Clinton needs to look at some of Bernie Sanders ideas and commit to them as her platform.

  • GayOldLady

    I don’t devalue the wins Bernie had on that day, they were good wins, but the discussion wasn’t about his wins, it was about Open Primaries/Caucuses. Alaska was Closed and Hawaii was semi-closed. “Semi-closed primary: Participation is open to registered party members and unaffiliated voters.”

  • Butch1

    Be careful, some of us “baby-boomers” are for Sanders. ;-)

  • Butch1

    Washington State – Sanders huge win. Let’s not leave any of the other states out. He had three big wins that day.

  • Butch1

    Mot so fast, Melissa, there’s still California and some people would still like to vote and get their say in this. What will happen if Sanders wins California? It won’t be so easy to dismiss him, will it.

  • GayOldLady

    Other than the fact he said he wasn’t commenting anymore, but keeps commenting to me, it doesn’t.

  • Why does is matter to you?

  • GayOldLady

    And I thought you were going to stop commenting on this blog. So what’s up with that?

  • GayOldLady

    Bible thumping again?

  • There is evidence that Bernie is the second coming – a Jew to save us all again.

  • GayOldLady

    How do you know there was? There isn’t a shred of historical proof that corroborates your belief system. Believe whatever you will, the tooth fairy, Santa, the Easter Bunny, but don’t think your mythology gives you the right to tell me what I “need”.

  • andtoconclude

    Nope, sorry. I’m a Bernie Bro not a Hillary Hag. Won’t vote for her under any circumstances. She leaves a trail of corruption wherever she goes.

  • How do you know there wasn’t a first coming? You need to be saved.

  • GayOldLady

    It wasn’t a dove, it was a field sparrow that likely made a deposit on the podium! And there’s wasn’t a 1st coming so no need to look for the 2nd.

  • But Bernie may be the second coming. Certainly seems that way with the dove of peace on his podium.

  • GayOldLady

    That figures!!!!

  • My messiah died in Jerusalem 2000 years ago.

  • GayOldLady

    Poor thing, you are so weak you blame Seniors for your failures!!!!! It’s little surprise that you’re just another member of the “entitled club”. My Children and Grandchildren have all done better than I did, so if you’re a failure, look in the mirror and stop blaming your parents and grandparents. AND FYI….Your messiah is a 74 year old and you have the nerve to throw shade on Seniors? BTW your Messiah, who rails against the “establishment” that you loathe, has never worked at any job other than “establishment” jobs. Not to mention that he didn’t even begin to work until he was 40 years old. You folks have lost your damn minds.

  • Bye!!!!!! We’ll be better off with out you. Baby boomers destroyed everything for everyone else. Worst generation ever.

  • GayOldLady

    You’re not “trying to find the truth”, you’re trying to create the impression that because Bernie is LOSING there’s some dark conspiracy responsible for it instead of the TRUTH that he’s just losing because the majority of people aren’t voting for him. No one believes your conspiracy theory except delusional people who can’t accept the fact that Bernie isn’t going to be the Democratic Nominee.

  • koolaidyarn

    “We win by making every Republican running for office own Donald Trump
    and Ted Cruz as the leaders of their party. Hold them accountable for
    everything Cruz and Trump say from now until November.”

    YES.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’m a socialist and don’t care which Democrat wins. They’re all, like their Republican brothers and sisters, enemies of working people, world peace and the environment.
    Adams, Paine and Franklin reshuffled. So did Lenin and Trotsky. So did Fidel and Mandea. And so will we.

  • GayOldLady

    Hillary has won among Democrats in every contest where there has been exit polling, she’s also won decisively among voters over 40, white women and men and women of color, even among the 18-39 voters. So your nasty wish for my generation to be dead won’t change a damn thing. The problem with you is that you’re so emotionally immature that you can’t accept the reality that Bernie is losing because of the will of the voters. I don’t know how old you are and I don’t care because I know you won’t live to see the demise of the Democratic Party, no matter how much you wish for it.

  • The only thing about your posts that brings me solace is that people like you are aging out of the voting pool if you catch my drift. The world will be a better place with more liberals and less neoliberals and conservatives. Best to you on your journey.

  • T112598

    Proof that Ignorance and Intolerance comes in many forms.

  • T112598

    70 total votes. That’s a fraction of a fraction of the total registered democrats in Illinois. You’re not trying to get to the truth if you’re already making accusations of voter fraud. I’m sure there will be further investigation of the entire primary and their voting equipment because this issue was brought to light, which is a good thing as it will bring truth to what actually occurred in the situation and keep it from happening in the future. However, for you to say or imply that its voter fraud and the Clinton campaign was complicit in the actions is not fair or accurate. Its conspiracy unless it can be supported by evidence.

  • GayOldLady

    Oh, don’t like being compared to the T-Party? Well there’s no better comparison. And of course you’ll say “bye” because you know you’re talk about spinning off a 3rd party is all hyperbole, just as the T-Party was unable to make happen, you will be unable to make it happen. Some of you have allowed this to become a cult of personality and like the T-Party was anti-Obama, you’re more anti-Hillary than pro-Bernie. And if you’re waiting for Bernie to lead you to the land of milk and honey, you’ll have a long wait because there is no such place and never will be. Bernie Sanders will leave this race at the convention and return to Congress, where his message will continue to be no different than the message of the Socialist Democratic Party of America. You might want to join up with them, It would save you a lot of trouble and money.

  • A 18 PP swing is a miscount? OK. Sure. I’m not a sore loser I’m just trying to find the truth.

  • Ah the tea party comparison. Yep you have nothing left to say. Good luck and your kind is going to be replaced by liberals. Bye!

  • T112598

    That does not show anything other than a willful miscount by one individual at the BOE, likely done so that they wouldn’t have to do the extra work that would have resulted from calling out the discrepancy between the hand count and machine count. How do you come to the conclusion that Hillary was complicit in the actions? Because the votes benefited her, she must have had a hand in it? Ridiculous.
    You’re a sore loser. If you don’t want to vote for Hillary in the general, that is your right, but don’t spread BS.

  • GayOldLady

    That’s proves how delusional some of you Bernie supporters are. You sound like the Tea Party. The truth is that Bernie Sanders won’t be party to a spin off of a third party and Bernie’s supporters aren’t large enough in numbers to spin off a 3rd party anymore than the Tea Party could. And there are many parties in this country that haven’t been able to successfully pull it off. The Green Party, The Socialist Democratic Party of America, The Communist Party USA, The Libertarian Party, The Constitution Party, etc. Why don’t you just throw yourself on the floor and kick your heels and cry, that makes more sense.

  • OK. Well it looks like a third party has a good chance of rising for the first time since the civil war, so maybe we’ll get our own party and we can split the liberal vote and the Republicans can always win. We’ll see.

  • GayOldLady

    In case you’ve forgotten Democrats pay taxes too, and all you have to do to vote in a Democratic Primary in closed primaries is register as a Democrat or change your registration to Democrat. It’s that simple. No one is keeping Independents or even Republicans from accessing the Democratic Primary Ballot,. When a person chooses to register as unaffiliated or Republican they intentionally eliminate themselves from the primary ballot. Anyone paying attention could have changed their registration, within the prescribed time and voted in the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. Frankly I think all Primary elections should be closed. Here are the results of all of the open primaries. Hillary Still kicked his butt in most of them!!!

    Alabama – Hillary huge win

    Arkansas – Hillary huge win
    Georgia – Hillary huge win
    Illinois – Hillary win

    Indiana

    Massachusetts – Hillary win
    Michigan – Bernie Win

    Mississippi – Hillary huge win
    Missouri – Hillary Win

    New Hampshire – Bernie Win

    North Carolina – Hillary huge win
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Hillary win 13 points

    Oklahoma – Bernie big Win
    South Carolina – Hillary huge win
    Tennessee – Hillary huge win
    Texas – Hillary huge win
    Vermont – Bernie big Win

    Virginia – Hillary huge win
    Wisconsin – Bernie Win

  • confusion

    Yay x 2

  • confusion

    This opera not over ..all the pledges have yet to sing

  • T112598

    OK, Rush Limbaugh…
    Where is that footage?

  • Sure – we’re all conspiracy theorists. They have actual footage of voter fraud in Illinois but no one is talking about it.

  • Fine then let them pay for it. Let the RNC and DNC pay for it and stop having the state subsidize it. The Constitution says nothing about parties so let them have their private clubs and pick who they want but don’t ask me to pay. And before you say “go get your own progressive party” – if we did we’d drag votes away from the Dems in the general election and we’d screw you over. Do you want that? Why not let independents have a voice? They’re going to be voting in the general election.

  • T112598

    Its fact that the voter issues in NY were due to purged voter registrations because those voters did not vote in the past two federal elections and did not send back the appropriate response when a cancellation notice of their registration was mailed to them. I don’t like the rules in place either, but they’re established rules none-the-less and not anything that Hillary had any control over. The propaganda that you;re spreading regarding Hillary somehow suppressing the vote is vile and very similar to the obscene rhetoric the GOP is known for during general elections (Obama birth certificate). Come on…we’re better than that.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    Frankly I would not trust someone who hadn’t changed some of their positions over the last 20 years. Not changing your mind about *anything* at all since 1992 is a sign of stagnation and close-mindedness.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    She also spoke out for women’s rights and universal health care when it was clearly not politically safe for her to do so — and she took huge amounts of flak from the GOP and the press for doing both of those.

    The Democratic party has, for decades now, been a center-left party. It appeals to moderates, liberals, and progressives. I myself tend to fall on the more left end of the spectrum, but that does not mean that I’m going to eschew supporting a moderate Democratic candidate when they happen to be the candidate running against the GOP.

    Every time the GOP gets a victory, they push the direction of the country more to the right. Every time they have a majority in the House or Senate, they do everything they can to block any progress on issues of importance to the left. It’s simply untrue that Clinton would be “just like a Republican” and to think so one must deliberately ignore huge swaths of her history.

    Absolutely, she’s more hawkish than I like — but so were the majority of the Democrats who voted for the War in Iraq. If we didn’t vote for any Democrats who supported the War in Iraq, we’d have had (and would continue to have) decades of Republican majorities in both houses and the White House.

    Ideologically purity is fine as a marker during election season. I fully support and encourage people to vote for the candidate they prefer in the primaries. But I cannot in any way agree with the idea that an imperfect or moderate candidate shouldn’t get our full-throated support against the GOP should they win the nomination.

    Every elected position not held by the GOP is a victory at this point, as that party goes more and more extreme and continues to speak to the worst of us as a nation.

    As for the “establishment”, it is what we have made it, and the time to push for changes isn’t just now, but will be constant over the next years and decades. The people who are active in party politics shape the agenda. I sincerely and truly hope that many of Sanders supporters continue to push for progressive ideas within the Democratic Party even after it becomes clear Sanders will not be the nominee. In fact, that’s probably going to be a stronger legacy for his movement than anything else, if that can happen. We absolutely should be electing more Senators like Sanders, and if enough people start to do so in the states, that will only help push the party even more.

  • T112598

    That’s OK to say now during primaries, but if shes the nominee then the mindset needs to change. I’m sure Bernie will agree. Not voting or voting GOP, does not help the cause on a national level, it hinders it. It may push the needle some in the democratic party, but then we’re going in reverse for the next 4-8 years as a nation with the GOP at the head. Are you OK with that? Why can’t we continue to push for change within the party while still supporting the nominee? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Bernie’s campaign has already caused positive change in how the party and Hillary are addressing certain issues. All that will be lost if GOP wins the general…along with much more.

  • GayOldLady

    3 million people in NY STATE couldn’t vote in the Democratic Primary because they were not registered to vote as a Democrat. If you want to vote as a Democrat then you must register as a Democrat. And there isn’t any evidence to prove that those people would have come out and voted for Bernie. Every State has voter registration deadlines by the way. New Yorks has been the same for decades. You keep making accusations of voter fraud that you cannot prove. And FYI…..The Democratic Primary is just that, a primary where DEMOCRATS choose their nominee. NOT a primary where Republicans or independents can crossover and poison the well. And no this isn’t going to be a 1968, that’s just wishful thinking on your part.

  • The GOP and Hillary are the enemy.

  • T112598

    Selling the farm because Bernie doesn’t get the nomination is short sighted.
    We can only play the hand we’re dealt. For true liberals, folding shouldn’t be an option. We can not allow the GOP to believe that our country supports their ideals.

  • T112598

    I can only hope you’re wrong and Bernie or bust will decline should he not win the nomination. Its not productive to support those you morally oppose…no matter the circumstances. Hillary is not the enemy…the GOP is.

  • T112598

    At least shes come around on many of the issues or has flip flopped as you put it. The GOP are outright opposed to those issues and will fight to reverse what has already been gained should they win office. I don’t see how that is better. I understand and agree with the frustration, but a GOP win in the general means that their ideals are supported by the country. Staying home on election day or worse, voting GOP out of spite, means that you support baseless war, marriage inequality, privatized healthcare, lower minimum wages, wage inequality, etc. Are you really OK with that? Because I’m not. Hillary still believes that we are only as strong as our weakest link, which I like to believe is at the core of the ideals of democrats. Bernie’s campaign has done an excellent job of reminding us of this and has changed the way the party is addressing many issues, so our support of Bernie has already made a difference, but if he doesn’t win the nomination and we don’t support the party rep in the general and lose the election, any progress made is lost…big time. Hillary is not the enemy…ideally she wants what we want. The enemy is much worse.

  • Silver_Witch

    The primaries are not over. One of the largest states as yet to vote. Regardless of who is running the game is not called till the last inning.

  • Aqualad33

    It wasn’t. You’d know that if your only contact with a human vagina wasn’t limited to your birth.

  • Webster

    “Dear” seemed much more polite than “Quisling.”

  • Aqualad33

    Growing? Where? In your head?

  • Aqualad33

    To quote Bernie supporter Patton Oswald, “Well, then you’re a fucking child.”

  • Aqualad33

    Don’t bother explaining it to these guys. They have their narrative, they’re sticking to it. They’re the kids eating Apple Jacks…

  • Aqualad33

    “Dear?” Really? Way to avoid the BB stereotype, kiddo…

  • timncguy

    Boy is that a stretch. Most of those 3 million people certainly could have voted. All they had to do was change their registration to Dem last Oct or for new voters, register as Dem by March. Those are the rules in NY and they have always been the rules. Clinton nor the DNC went into NY and created these rules last year to screw with Sanders. In fact, the Sanders camp was well aware of the rules and had people working the NYC area last year to remind people they had to change their registration to Dem if they wanted to participate.

    This is the same kind of crap as all the complaints about voting in AZ and WI.

    In AZ, the issue was the REPUBLICAN officials eliminating 70% of the polling places. Neither Clinton nor the DNC had anything to do with that.

    In WI everyone complained about the LONG lines. But, those LONG lines were caused by so many voters waiting until election day to register. They could have done so any time BEFORE election day. The lines were also caused by students who waited until election day to get their FREE ID card from their university to use for voting. Again, they could have gotten those FREE ID cards any day before the election. Procrastination on the part ofthe voter is not the same thing as voter suppression. And, again, none of this was caused by Clinton or the DNC.

    You guys come up with a new excuse for each state you lose. There isn’t a conspiracy behind every state Sanders loses. Sometimes the voters just choose the other candidate. They have that option and it’s a valid choice.

  • I agree. Bernie did a great job of moving the political Overton window to the left now that he can’t win the nomination, it’s time for him to gracefully bow out.

  • Dolan55

    Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver makes $850,000 per month to create havoc for the Dems. I guess Tad Devine makes as much. They have no incentive in ‘toning down’ the nastiness and the vilification of Hillary Clinton.

  • SL Abrin

    What makes her far better than Republicans? She is pro-choice. That’s it.

    Expect a war with anyone available.

    Expect a cabinet loaded with Wall St. executives.
    Expect a TPP.
    Expect an oil pipeline.
    Expect NOTHING to be done about global warming.

  • SL Abrin

    Since when is the truth negative. There were reasons we didn’t support her candidacy in 2008. Another eight years only reinforced what we already knew of her.

    Bernie or Bust.

  • Man in a Penis Suit

    She voted for the War in Iraq, served on the Union-busting board at Wal-Mart, made more in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs than most Americans make in three years and refuses to release the transcripts of those speeches, voted for Bankrupty Reform, was opposed to marriage equality until 2013 when it became politically inconvenient, and flip-flopped on the same trade deal she not only called the “gold standard,” but helped negotiate.

    She should be attacked loudly and often. She is not a progressive. She’s not even a liberal. She is everything wrong with the Democratic Establishment, if not Washington as a whole.

  • Man in a Penis Suit

    No. I refuse to choose between Republican and Republican Lite. If she’s the best we can do, this party is beyond saving.

    Bernie or bust.

  • 3 Million people in NYS couldn’t vote. We won’t ever know. It’s been rigged from the start. Time to contest – 1968 here we come.

  • GayOldLady

    What, do you think is happening? Do you think Clinton has a crystal ball that tells her who’s going to vote for Bernie and then she infiltrates the elections office in those places and delete those voters? In every election there are incidents when voters are inadvertently removed from the rolls or removed from the rolls because of something the voter failed to do, like change of address, etc…This year is no different. The voters who couldn’t vote in Brooklyn were more likely to be Hillary voters than Bernie voters since Brooklyn went overwhelmingly for Hillary 60%-40%. And Hillary hasn’t had any “fishy/sketchy” wins, she beat Bernie by 16% in NY, 14% in OH, 31% in FL, 14% in NC, 18% in AZ, 32% in TX and in the Southern States she beat him even worse. Of course there were some close races, but I suppose if Bernie won those races then it was Valid, but if Hillary won them it was invalid. You guys need to quit trying to portray this as a contest that’s been stolen. Bernie is losing and next week he’s going to lose some more. Then, maybe, you’ll reconcile yourselves to the truth of it.

  • doug dash

    Yes, there are one voters like that on both sides. But I din’t think running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off screaming that sky is falling is helpful. Not much you can do about what other people end up doing. I continue to believe that this election will be an easy landslide win for the Democrats no matter who the nominee is.

  • A_N

    I just talked to someone who claimed he hates Hillary and will not vote at all in November if she is the nominee. Personally I disagree with that since she is far, far better than ANY of the Republicans. Unfortunately, my friend is not the only USA citizen with that attitude towards Hillary.

  • A_N

    I hope Bernie goes to the convention and beyond. YAY BERNIE!!!!

  • I doubt it. Bernie or bust is growing and Clinton supporters are making a lot of enemies.

  • I’m with you. Let’s contest the hell out of this convention. Enough with the voter suppression and fishy/sketchy wins. Every time Clinton wins there was some sort of problem and people couldn’t vote (shocker).

  • S. Parilla

    “Handed”? They’re winning by leaps and bounds; no one has to hand them anything. Hillary’s position in the delegate math is so strong that she can lose every state remaining and still win the nomination.

  • Webster

    Sorry, dear … no. It’s not over until it’s over. Who’s with me?

  • Moonbeam_Song

    I think perhaps the “reset button” that needs to be pushed is in toning down the Democrat-on-Democrat bashing. Sanders going negative on Clinton hasn’t just hurt the party, it seems to have hurt him, turning off people who probably agree with him on most of the issues. But doing things like resurrecting old GOP attacks on Clinton as if they are truthful is hardly a way to appeal to long-term Democrats.

    I really like what Sanders has brought to the primary season — up to the point when he’s gone increasingly negative. Ironically enough, he might improve his (admittedly very slim) chances from here on out by going back to the issues-focused statesmanlike stance of his earlier campaigning efforts.

    And as the candidates go, the supporters should as well. Both Clinton and Sanders have their flaws and their strong points. They also both have honest, earnest supporters who, at the end of the day, are closer in values to each other and have a more common vision of where they want to move this country than on the GOP side.

    We could not have had more proof that the two parties are absolutely different than what has been going on in the GOP nominating process this year, and it does a disservice to Clinton, Sanders, and supporters of both of them, to suggest anything otherwise.

  • Badgerite

    Excellent post. Time to concentrate on November.

  • Phil in FLL

    More silliness from BP’s comment below to parse:

    “This time around even more will bolt the two right wing parties and move left as the utter bankruptcy of the Democrat/Republicans becomes even more pronounced.”

    And in whose hands would that leave control of the White House and Congress? The infantile refusal to answer that question is laughable. OK, we’ll say control of the government will be passed to a hypothetical party: The Maoist Shining Path Socialist Workers’ Party of My Mother’s Basement. Always a favorite.

  • Essus

    Like it was over so many times before?

  • stevesteffens

    That’s funny, I don’t seem to remember that she has achieved the number of delegates necessary for nomination yet. That’s typical of the Clinton campaign, they want this handed to them as a coronation rather than earning it. On to Philadelphia!

  • Phil in FLL

    American politics is perfectly capable of multi-tasking. I’m sure Hillary will do exactly what you describe and pivot to taking on the Republicans. Bernie’s trajectory is longer than you suggest. Your post is about 5 days early. The other shoe has to drop on Tuesday in the East Coast primaries. If polls are right, Hillary will wind up with more pledged delegates by June 7. Even so, Bernie will certainly want to stay in the race until June 7 just to be able to assess what his grand total of pledged delegates is and, therefore, the strength of his campaign and platform vis a vis the Democratic Party platform.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Sanders campaign will tear the Democrat party apart, win or lose. Democrats are now facing their own divisive challenges from the BS campaign which styles itself a “Political Revolution”.

    Like HRH Trump and dominationist Cruz, HRH HRC is a candidate who has a long history of promoting religious extremism, racism, homophobia, wars of aggression and, as the former Senator from Walmart is as anti union and anti-worker as Kasich.

    If any of them is elected it will mean new openings for the left and we’re more ready than ever to use them in our wildly successful campaigns for a decent minimum wage and to continue to organize the unorganized. After Obama’s election 27 million of his 2008 voters deserted the Democrats as that party moved even further right. Many of them went on to found the Occupy movement and from there moved into support for socialist campaigns for $15 and joined unions and union building efforts.

    This time around even more will bolt the two right wing parties and move left as the utter bankruptcy of the Democrat/Republicans becomes even more pronounced.

    Win, win.

  • Bernie should have started getting his name out in 2012 or even 2008, now there is no chance 4 years down the line.
    And a special effort needs to be made in 2018 to avoid what happened in the last off year cycle.

  • hiker_sf

    While I’m not sure it is time to hit the reset button, because, as Clinton implied in 2008 – anything can happen, Melissa left off the most important step: Once elected, regardless who is elected, we need to keep fire to the feet of our elected representatives and president to support ‘the people’ and not their donor corporate interests.

    We failed to do that with Obama and the first few years were not good.

    Activism needs to increase after the election. We can’t think that we can sleep for the next 4 years starting on the first Wednesday in November.

  • doug dash

    I have to agree with you. I voted for Sanders but it’s time to move on. I am sure that there are many voters like me who will be excited to vote for Clinton.

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