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surlymarv  Feb 23, 2016 • 11:47:22am

I pretty much completely agree. I see people write things like “Bernie is my candidate and I won’t be voting for anyone else.” Really? So you’re just going to sit out the general election if your candidate doesn’t win the primary and risk a loony-toon winning the most powerful office in the world? Some degree of infighting is fine and good for the party but when it comes to the general election, you’d be a fool to not support whichever one becomes the nominee. The stakes are just too great otherwise. Sure you might very strongly prefer one candidate over another but if you think the differences between Sanders and Clinton are of the same degree as those between either of them and any of the Republican candidates they will face in the general you are delusional. If a Republican steals this election and appoints another Scalia to the Supreme Court, you can kiss the next 30 years of progress goodbye.

CripesAmighty  Feb 27, 2016 • 3:56:12am

Well said. Reminds one of ‘08: while supporting Hillary in that primary, I was taken aback by the vitriol from friends supporting Obama as they went completely batshit. My response that we were lucky to have two excellent candidates to choose from, and that, in my view, Hillary’s long experience in the Washington meat-grinder gave her the edge, fell on deaf ears.
I would, however, take my cue from Bob Reich, who in issuing his endorsement of Bernie (who I support in this primary), stressed very much the same point; and that while in the course of a spirited debate, we should take to keep it clean and not damage either candidate with unnecessary or extraneous gunk. And in the end, get behind the winner. Be assured, if Bernie does not prevail, I’m gladly slapping on that Hillary button and will be first in the envelope-stuffing line.

CripesAmighty  Feb 27, 2016 • 4:00:23am

re: #2 CripesAmighty

Edit: er, s/b: ‘take care…’
(Hey, Charles—is there a post-post edit function on this thing? Cheers.)

Decatur Deb  Feb 27, 2016 • 4:05:48am

I’ve sworn here to not help one Dem slit another’s throat. Wife and I are split 55-45 for one or the other. Realistically, I expect we’ll be donating and working for HRC and she has her Bernie yard sign (imported from Ohio) ready to go when the nomination is locked. Tonight we’ll be at a Bernie organizing event, and I’ll be collecting volunteer info for a carpetbagging effort in Florida—but only if they pledge to either candidate.

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