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Neil D BS: The Iowa Caucuses (87* d) RE: BS: The Iowa Caucuses 03 Feb 16

No Jeri, that's called pragmatism, one side of the age old dilemma of primary politics, whether to vote for the candidate whose place in the political spectrum most resembles your own or the one who gives your party the best chance in the national election, the other side being idealism.
Now personally I love Bernie. He has been my favorite senator for a long time and will continue in that regard. His place in the political spectrum does most closely resemble my own. That being said, I fear he can't win in September, mostly because of the dreaded "S" word. Remember, the Republicans haven't even started going after him yet because they have never expected to run against him and probably still don't.
Now take a longer view. What if by some odd twist of circumstance Bernie were to overcome the Clinton machine AND the Citizens United fueled Republican bulldozer to become President. Will he really be able to make headway on any of his core programs, true universal healthcare and free college education to name a couple of my faves. Not without large majorities in both houses, large enough to overcome both Republicans and Red State Dems.
I recall the years of the last Clinton administration as relatively good ones economically, regardless of how you feel about them personally. And that is also called pragmatism.

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