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Key Strategy: What Bernie Supporters Need To Do Now, And A Message For Clinton Supporters As Well

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A couple days ago we promised a major strategy piece about how to proceed going forward in this presidential election season. And this will be of relevance and interest to supporters of both Bernie and Hillary.

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OK, but before we jump into our main message, let's turn our crystal ball again to the other side.

As you know, we were the first to predict that Trump would end up as the Republican nominee, at a time when every other political pundit thought he was some kind of joke. And notwithstanding the fact that the entire Republican establishment has now turned against Trump, and for good reason considering his evasive position on white supremacy and his incitements of his supporters to violence, he remains the strong favorite.

Once Trump has the Republican nomination mathematically sewn up he will insincerely explain away the deliberately ambiguous, though no less offensive, statements he made to win that nomination. And his dummy supporters will buy that as well.

We further NOW PREDICT that he will select Cruz as his running mate, the candidate who has drawn the largest Republican voter turnout other than himself, who will help neutralize his offense of the Latinos problem, and who shares his outsider credentials. Cruz faults Trump now for his low blow attacking fellow Republicans, but once Trump points his garbage shooter exclusively at Democrats, Cruz will live with it just fine.

If you listen carefully to Cruz, his complaints against Trump are mostly that Trump is not a "true" conservative. What better way to cure that for the general election than by giving Cruz the VP slot? And Cruz will accept. When Cruz says he has "zero interest" in being VP, he's just trying to preserve his credibility as top slot nominee himself.

This will lock in the support of the Republican establishment also, who are deperately declaring their support for Cruz, even as they are frantically holding their noses to do even that, in a vain attempt to stop Trump himself. With "their" guy on the ticket as well, how can they object?

In short, all voters who support either Trump or Cruz will turn out in the general election for the Republicans, and that's a LOT of voters, if the primary turnouts are any indication.

With that as a backdrop, and against such a combination on the other side, we tell you now that there is NO ticket on the Democratic side than can prevail in November that does not include BOTH Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

In the aftermath of the sweep last Tuesday, there has been some talk this week in the mainstream media that Bernie Sanders supporters should stand down and now rally behind Clinton. This is the world's worst possible idea, and would hurt Clinton most of all.

Bernie supporters are principle voters. They cannot just be palmed off to another candidate. Worthless gestures like lip service additions to a campaign platform never meant to be honored will not cut it. Vague promises to give him some distant peripheral position will not cut it. If Bernie himself were to accept such a thing his supporters would accuse him of being a sell out and reject the suggestion categorically.

Bernie supporters, at least in some substantial part, will accept NOBODY but Bernie. And the same thing is true about large numbers of Clinton voters.

This leads us to the inescapable conclusion that the only resolution that will keep fatal contingents of the other camp from sitting home on election day is for the one to pick the other as their VP candidate, a true unity ticket. Sanders pulls younger voters and independents. Clinton pulls older voters and more traditional Democrats. One simply cannot win without the other.

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