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If the next presidential contest is Bush v. Clinton, I think we will seriously have to consider whether or not this is--in any meaningful sense--a democracy.
I just hope this doesn't deliver an undeserved hit to the reputation of John Quincy Adams.
This kind of weakness on the part of The Inevitable might signal it's time for Joe Kennedy III to "courageously" throw his hat in the ring (he'll be 35 just before the election).
But to give a little perspective: Michele Bachmann won the Ames Iowa straw poll. This Wisconsin straw poll might be less of a sideshow, but it's still not a representative sample of primary voters. Even in New Hampshire, right next door to Bernie's home state, she's polling 30 points ahead among voters, not convention-goers. So I rather doubt Hillary is worried.
Do you want a president who will pursue cases like Terry Schiavo? Who will not pursue woman's rights, gay rights, voting rights with any fervor?
Jeb Bush presided over a purge of voter rolls in 2000 that calls into question the election and the election of George Bush. And having him as president won't have an effect on the current wave of right wing supported voter suppression?
Please, please, please wake up. It was the left, who by not showing up at the polls that brought about the current control of both houses by the right wing. It is the left, that by not voting in local elections that allows for the current make up of state congressional and legislative districts (not in all cases, but in a huge number).
Apathy is just wrong, cowardly and stupid. Learn the real positions of candidates (which means not listening to the sound bites on the news or just reading the headlines on Politico, The Hill etc, but actually listening to the long form speeches of the candidates. Then go vote!
People who are apathetic and say there is no choice give that choice to the ones who are motivated.
We would have a real left alternative if the left were to vote like the right does.
His real value lies in pulling Hillary further left on some issues, namely income inequality and making education affordablr again. It's already started working, as evidenced by Hills recent comments about a higher minimum wage and strong collective bargaining rights