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Bernie Sanders Has Some Good News For Democrats All Over The Country

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Bernie Sanders Has Some Good News For Democrats All Over The Country


Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Last Wednesday’s special election in a Kansas Congressional district proved surprisingly competitive, suggesting a growing frustration with the Trump administration and the Republican Party. Republican Ron Estes defeated Democratic nominee James Thompson, but he underperformed Trump in the same district by a whopping 20 points.

According to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), it’s a great sign for Democrats nationwide.

“I was in Kansas a couple of months ago,” Sanders told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday. “We had 5,000 people out in Topeka.”

As Sanders’ multi-state unity tour fast approaches, the Senator made a prediction:

“I think what you’re going to see are people who voted for Trump because he said he was going to stand up for working families, but now he supports disastrous healthcare proposals which will throw 24 million people off of heath care, $300 billion in tax breaks for the very rich,” Sanders said.

Along with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Sanders will visit red states the party believes can be flipped. But the Vermont senator is also encouraging Democrats to pursue a 50-state strategy.

Sanders also weighed in on Trump’s persistence in repealing and replacing Obamacare after Republicans failed to secure enough votes for their replacement bill to pass last month, despite holding the majority in the House. Trump had initially vowed to move on to tax reform, but has since signaled a change of plans.

“This bill they’re talking about is going to be even worse!” he exclaimed. “What the Democrats have got to do is take the fight into Kansas. And I want to applaud the people of Kansas for what they did last night!”


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  1. FireBaron April 16, 2017

    My fellow Democrats have to stop going after the big brass ring, and instead concentrate on the local races. Take back the State Legislatures and the Congressional seats will follow. Take back the House and Senate and it doesn’t matter what the GOP throws in the Presidential election. The Democrats got overly complacent in the 80s. Meanwhile the GOP concentrated on local races – School Boards, State Legislatures. They got their folks in places where they were recognized names. When Newt Gingrich came along with his “Conservative Revolution” in 94, the Democratic Party blew it. They wouldn’t let the most successful campaigner ever (i.e. their own President) campaign with their folks. As a result America lost.
    Even Al Gore blew it two ways. First, he brought on that self-righteous prig, Joe Lieberman, as his Veep (never saw a VP candidate run so hard to convince people to not vote for him), then he never allowed his Boss (the aforementioned Bill Clinton) to campaign for him. The result – the 4th worst President in American History (coming in ahead of Buchannan, Harding and Teflon Donnie) and two wars we are still involved in.

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    2. Independent1 April 16, 2017

      I don’t fundamentally disagree with your post, I just want to point out that despite the Gore campaign fumblings you point out, Gore STILL WON the 2000 election which was stolen by the GOP just like in 2016 with Hillary. Gore took the popular vote by over 500,000 votes – the campaign was stolen via a combination of GOP elections fraud in Florida and Ohio and the SCOTUS cutting short a recount in Florida to hand the election to Bush. Aside from that, I wholeheartedly agree that Democrats over the past several decades have been FAR TO FOCUSED on just wining presidential elections and have allowed Republicans to sometimes even just waltz into positions in state governments that have allowed the GOP to gerrymander districts and set up voter suppression which is now costing Democrats even national elections.

    3. Independent1 April 16, 2017

      And what disappoints me the most, is that the efforts Bernie is making now to bring the spotlight on himself, is not going to make up for the damage that his overblown unwarranted personal attacks on Hillary did to her campaign during the primaries. Not only poisoning the minds of many of his own followers against Hillary, but also poisoning the minds of a significant chunk of Independents. So much so that even a sizeable chunk of his followers refused to vote for Hillary – even with them having to know in their own minds – that by withholding their votes from Hillary, (by throwing away their votes on the independents and others or not even voting), was doing nothing but helping Trump win.

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    In every race, even for dog catcher, Democrats must field a candidate. Then the Party apparatus must walk a fine line; giving the candidate support without co opting the revolution. We need a Jon Ossoff type response in every election. Progressives know they are fighting a new revolutionary war. It is the same enemy, entrenched elites unresponsive to the needs and wants of the people. Power concentrated in the hands of the few, for the few.

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