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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 11:20 AM

Sanders will bring the Repukes to heel with his enormous rallies ...

Really??

Here is a man who has fully consumed his own Kool Aid ...

…To put it in terms that you were talking about tonight at the rally, I think the critique is not blaming Bernie Sanders for thinking too big, but critiquing Bernie Sanders for sweeping the “unpleasant truths” of our political system right now – the way it ties everything up in knots – “under the rug.” Many people say you’re right as rain on the policy and the objectives, but “Boy, I just don’t think he can do it.”

Yes …

So how do you do it? What are the specifics that allow you to—

What are the specifics about how I, personally, all by myself, do what nobody in American history has done? And I’m being criticized? Why don’t you do it? Why doesn’t the editor of Rolling Stone do it? Look. You know. With all due respect, that’s an absurd question.

Hopefully, we will end up winning the nomination and winning the general election. If we don’t do that, which is certainly a possibility, we will have accomplished an enormous amount. Could we have done better? Could I do better? Of course. I’m not quite sure what the—


The question is: Assuming you’re president and you’re dealing with a Congress that looks like the one we have today…

Let me just comment on that. If I am elected president, the odds of the Senate remaining Republican would be minimal. You’d have very large turnout helping Democrats up and down the line.

But you’d still likely face Paul Ryan as your negotiating partner. And I’m trying to figure out how you get something like public-college-for-all passed with Paul Ryan as your counterpart. Given that you just said today that they won’t play ball.

To answer that question successfully requires us to think outside of a zero-sum game. You’re saying to me, and it’s a fair question: “Bernie, if you sit down with Paul Ryan and say, ‘Paul, I want a tax on Wall Street speculation to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and to lower student debt,’ the likelihood is that Paul won’t say, ‘Hey, Bernie, why didn’t I think of that? Fantastic idea! Let’s go forward together.'” So what’s the strategy? The strategy – which is unprecedented, and this is where we’re talking about thinking outside the box – is to have a president who actually, vigorously goes around the country and rallies the American people, who are in favor of this idea. This is not some sort of fringe idea. The American people want it. And [the president] rallies the American people and makes it clear that people in the Republican Party – or Democratic Party – who are not sympathetic will pay a political price. That changes the dynamics.

Everything that I campaign on – they’re not fringe ideas. They’re not radical ideas. They’re ideas that the American people support. What we’ve got to do now is close the gap that currently exists between the American people over here [gestures to one side of the table], who have needs and goals and desires, and a Congress [gestures to other side], which in almost every instance is ignoring what the American people want…



http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bernie-sanders-fights-on-the-rolling-stone-interview-20160531?page=3

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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 11:42 AM

1. His rallies did not win the popular vote for him.

So he is president and goes around the country having more rallies, the right will just sit on their hands and watch?

You can't make change unless I you are in control of the mechinism of power.

It takes controlling the three branches of government. To do that we have to vote not only when we like the candidate but in every election.

Getting power takes winning in general and off year elections. It takes voting for state and local governments.

But Bernie doesn't tell his followers to vote in the general no matter who the Dem is.

He says make concessions to me or else my supporters won't vote.

That will put the middle class further behind the eight ball.

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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 11:59 AM

2. "So he is president and goes around the country having more rallies, the right will just sit on ..."

... "their hands and watch."

But, of course.

We all saw how the GOP decided to play nice after seeing this guy's enormous rallies ....

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