Democratic Platform Committee Now Has Progressive Majority. Thanks, Bernie Sanders

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    May 24, 2016 5:11 PM GMT
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    http://www.thenation.com/article/sanders-picks-and-allies-could-write-a-boldly-progressive-platform/
    ...Win or lose in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders said “we intend to win every delegate that we can so that when we go to Philadelphia in July, we are going to have the votes to put together the strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen.”

    Sanders has won a sufficient number of delegates –and a sufficient opening in the debate–to influence the shaping of that agenda. And his representatives on the convention’s newly selected platform-writing committee share a commitment to make it profoundly progressive...

    The boldness with which that majority will act upon its progressive inclinations remains to be seen, however. There will be plenty of pressure on the committee from the campaigns, from party leaders, from interest groups, and from grassroots activists....(but)...it has the potential to write a platform that reflects the demands of new movements and of a political moment that has seen the Sanders campaign pull the debate to the left....

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    May 24, 2016 11:38 PM GMT
    This is tricky. No doubt Sanders has, in large measure, reshaped the Democratic Party terra firma. The caveat, however, is that too far to the left and the Democratic Party risks losing center- and left-center-Democrats.
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    May 25, 2016 3:10 PM GMT
    I don't know the platform process but I'd imagine not all ideas or influences or final decisions come only from committee. And it's not as if this is any sort of metamorphosis of the party because this was the direction of the party before it was hijacked by the right. This is how we thought before Republicans turned LIBERAL into a bad word. This is what many of us having been saying all along. So Bernie is nothing new. He just happened to be there by timing just as the schmuck Republicans steered their way off the water fall.

    Besides, what are they going to do, jump ship? Where will they swim? To the Trump yacht?

    Bon Voyage!

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  • Destinharbor

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    May 25, 2016 3:20 PM GMT
    Political platforms have almost nothing to do with how the winner governs but it does say a lot about the general pull of the party base. I don't think there's much in Bernie's agenda that offends too many people that are even possible Democratic voters so in that sense, it become a gunshot across the bow to political opponents. There's a strong populism in Bernie's message even plays well with some Trump people. I'd love to see Elizabeth Warren as Hillary's running mate but she does have a Republican governor who would appoint a Republican to her seat making retake of the Senate even tougher. And the achievement of policy that much tougher. So a strong platform to the left doesn't scare me too much and may be a good thing. Ya know the Republican platform is going to say tax cuts for the rich and kill the gays and uninsure tens of millions of Americans.