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Let's Talk About Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Team Player

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The abundant animosity directed at Bernie Sanders by the Democratic Party establishment seems conveniently out of touch with his track record.

Sure, Bernie Sanders is an Independent who defines himself as a Socialist. But his interaction with the Democrats has been almost categorically cooperative and supportive. Sanders gets behind nearly every important Democratic initiative. A noteworthy point of departure was Sanders's opposition to both the joint resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq in 2002 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Other than that, the Democrats have been able to consistently count on Sanders to be on-board.

That was key to Sanders's success as a Democratic presidential candidate. People love Progressive policies, but they hate and fear spoilers. Although Sanders is often blamed for derailing Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid, the record does not bear that out. True to his word, Sanders publicly endorsed Clinton immediately after the DNC convention and encouraged his supporters to do the same. That built a significant degree of credibility among Progressive Democrats they could support Sanders secure in the understanding that doing so would not implicitly pave the way for the right-wing candidate. Sanders has proven it.

Sanders is a reformer. Not everyone wants to be reformed. Those with an aversion to being reformed include Republicans and Democrats. For that he is hated ... and he welcomes their hatred. The voters, however, love it. One thing large majorities of voters across the political spectrum want is change, and specifically, a curtailing of policies that are viewed as corrupt.

Cable news is making a very big deal of any sign of conflict between Sanders and any other candidate, but Bernie is not biting and not going negative. He's not attacking any of his rivals.

Bernie is running as a Democrat. Bernie is on-board as a Democrat now as he was in 2016. It is about reform and change, but in a consistently constructive way. It's building confidence in him.

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I agree with everything you have said, and I strongly encourage you to get your article out to at least ten mainstream press editorial page editors as a submission for them to publish.

However, I also am quick to point out that in Bernie's case, he IS a team player in the sense that you have laid you, but he is NOT a team player in the sense that he doesn't just go with the majority on issues like military funding and wasted billions on "defense."

I think the real truth is somewhere in between, and it might not matter as a kind of semantic ping pong.

What does matter is why do voters think when they vote? What do they really want?

This was my OEN article about my original op/ed piece in the Albuquerque Journal, in which you are generally not supposed to question matters like Los Alamos and Sandia weapons budgeting. I am sure they are all thrilled with Trump's 20% in Nuclear research funding....

Remember, please in this article, I was reacting to former Vermont Governor Shumlin's castigation of Bernie as "not a team player."

"Bernie's not a team player - and that's good"~ Opinion Editorial from the Albuquerque Journal

I'm here at the Bernie Sanders rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and I can't believe the amount of people
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