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Response to RBInMaine (Original post)

Sun Oct 4, 2015, 10:09 AM

72. "Just ain't gonna happen."

This is what baffles me. I hear over and over again that Bernie can't win because he's a socialist. But I never see any support for the assertion.

Here's why I think Bernie will get the votes if he gets to the general:

* Bernie has a history of getting Republican votes -- not a majority of Republican votes, but enough to give him a majority overall. That's how he keeps getting elected in Vermont.

* Bernie has more potential than anyone else to get people who usually don't vote at all to vote for him. People stay home because they see the same-old-same-old. Then they look at Bernie and they see the potential for real change.

* Bernie's ideas are in line with those of most American voters. Given the chance to hear him, voters will understand that.

* Bernie, more than anyone else, will be good for the American people at a time when our needs are great; people will vote for him because they can see that. Bernie has explained that by socialism he means a system like that of the Scandanavian countries, a system run for the people's benefit, a system at least as democratic as the one we have now. That means better things across the board, for all the people. If prosperity is a zero-sum game, who pays for that improvement? The banks and corporations, who have been getting more and more of the wealth as they have gained more and more control of the system.

I'd bet my last dime that you're right that if Bernie is nominated the other side will scream, "'SOCIALIST SOCIALIST SOCIALIST' from the rooftops for months on end, day after day." And if Hillary is nominated, they will scream, "Benghazi. Email. Benghazi. Email." Those issues have been debunked? So effing what? Most Republican voters probably don't know that, and if they do know it, they will forget. The Republicans who control the message will find something ugly and untrue to scream about the Democratic nominee no matter who that is. (And I include socialist in the category untrue because of the way they use the word. Yes, Bernie is a socialist, but he's not what they try to conjure up in people's minds when they scream it.)

My fear is that we'll miss a rare chance, perhaps our last chance, to elect someone who is not beholden to banks and large corporations, who works for the people. We'll miss it just because many Democrats believe he can't win, because he's a socialist.

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