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Here is the original OEN article:Sanders is the Best Possible Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate
These comments are in response to this article and are from the people who signed the Moveon.org petition I wrote that asked the NY Attorney General to get a Federal court order for a new NY Primary regarding my recent article at OpEdNews on Bernie Sanders as the Best Possible VP Candidate. This petition was virtually ignored by the NY AG and by the next person we focused on, Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and to be diplomatic, "unresponded to" by Bernie's campaign lawyer, Brad Deutsch.
These are almost entirely unedited comments, and all came in this afternoon. Most are deeply sincere; remember that because all of them signed the petition, they have strong feelings about election integrity, all of which were violated by what they saw or read about in the NY primary 2016, the most egregious of them all. I share them to honestly assess who likes and find merits in the original idea, of Sanders as VP and President of the US Senate. Troubling questions are raised about whether he might have been threatened in several ways to make this endorsement. Remember, it was not a concession, and may have been necessary just to be able to speak at the Convention.
Priscilla Herochik: It is a very well-written article and I agree with it. Given the fact that Trump is tied with Clinton in most of the swing states, I'm very worried that the Democrats will lose to Trump. A Trump/Pence ticket would be a nightmare if they were elected.
I cannot understand how the DNC can be so blind as to the excess baggage that Hillary Clinton carries into this election. It's like they have blinders on and only want to see that it's her turn to be the first Woman president. That makes no sense at all to me.
Bernie Sanders would've been such a better candidate. But I agree, if he's not at the top of the ticket being second in line certainly be helpful.
Carol Hexem: The best thing for this country and every county on our planet is for the Democratic Party to die. We are being told we have to choose between Evil (Trump) and Greater Evil (Clinton). You don't have to open your mind too wide to see she is the greater evil. I am including a video link of Jill Stein. This is not a throw away vote, we are now faced with Evil or Greater Evil, why would you vote for either. If Bernie is VP he will be powerless among a sea of Democrats and Republicans or as I like to say a sea of Evil and Evil. The best thing to come of this revolution Bernie started is the support of a totally uncorrupt party and that is the Green party.I'm waiting until after the convention to see if another miracle happens and he is the nominee, then I'm going full Green, please join me.
Roxanne Gihl: Thank you so very, very much for all you've been doing for Bernie Sanders, and all of us voters-You represent the best kind of citizen, the kind Ralph Nader would be so proud of! You are great!
I agree with your conclusion that Bernie could be an effective Vice President- and such a gesture might be the only possible way to hold on to many "Berners" who now feel alienated completely and will splinter off in many varied directions, including staying home and forgetting they even thought about voting. Sad!
However, "learning to be silent" is a huge mistake-- we need to be out there as a continuing force for change-- whether Bernie is out in front or not! It seems plain to me that he won't be able to continue the "revolution"-- but he started it and those of us who loved what he said want it to continue one way or another. Personally, I'm now going to support Jill Stein as the torchbearer for the REAL change we need.
Finally I intend to keep listening to people like Tim Black and H.A. Goodman, and Debbie Lusignan, who I think are true believers and thinkers for change, and a great source of information about election fraud issues (Trustvote.org and Election Justice USA are quite brave in this regard!) Thanks again! I will try to write a letter to the editor of my local paper and making comments on their articles, I do believe those comments are widely read and considered.
The choice of a VP is very important with the FBI investigation into the Clinton State Department and The Clinton Foundation. She may be forced to resign. Since Clinton has agreed to 80% of Bernie's agenda. He would be on the frontline fighting for those agenda items. He'd have the tie-breaking vote only as Senate President. But, it's doubtful that Clinton would choose Bernie. Bernie's delegates could force his name into nomination for President and later VP. Today's polls show Trump winning Ohio and Florida along with other key states. A Trump presidency would be disastrous.
Judy Blaisdell: In my opinion, that would be worse for him than going back to the Senate. Why should Bernie or his supporters settle for V.P. when we all know that he won the nomination were it not for voter suppression and outright voter fraud? I am not sure Bernie could stomach being on the ticket with her. Most likely, he could be more effective in the Senate than by being her lap dog. Most of Bernie's supporters would follow him anywhere as long as it does not involve voting for Hillary. No, I want Bernie for President. I don't think that Hillary has the integrity or the wisdom to be President. I do not think it is "her turn." I want Bernie or nothing. End of story.