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Why Bernie Sanders Must Fight for a Contested Convention

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Donald Trump is the toxic chemotherapy that party needs to kill the cancerous grip big organized money has on the Republican establishment. The message couldn't be any clearer. The Republican establishment has to go. The Trump candidacy, whether Trump wins or loses, will sweep many other establishment candidates out of office.

The Democratic party suffers from the same disease as the Republican party, but at an earlier stage. Party elites are caught in the death grip of powerful private interests. The will of their constituents has become secondary. Dwindling turnout over the past decade has been ignored as long as slick marketing techniques were still winning election.

But elections are not all about winning; they are ultimately about governing.

Money in the Democratic party isn't just a necessary evil any more. It is now a growing tumor. The people who really hear what Bernie Sanders is saying recognize that he is proposing a cure that might prevent this cancer from metastasizing. Meanwhile the establishment media still thinks this election is only about a fight for progressive ideas.

Given the state of the two parties, a Sanders win would be a foregone conclusion. All the polls say as much, yet this is message isn't seeping into the consciousness of the establishment. The Democratic party is eager to put Hillary's negatives up against Trump's negatives any day, in yet another hold-your-nose-and-vote election.

And, they would be right if this election was only based on ideology. But it isn't. It is a referendum on our political establishment. Not only will Hillary Clinton have disadvantages related to her high unfavorability, she will not win the support of youthful "movement" Democrats or disgruntled independents.

If the race is between Clinton and Trump it will be a race between an establishment and a non-establishment candidate. Given the anger and level of dissatisfaction around the country, all bets should be off as to how that contest might turn out.

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