Clinton, Sanders, and the “Progressive Give-Up” Formula (with Clinton’s Warning of a “Grand Bargain” to Come)


Naked Capitalism has the article Clinton, Sanders, and the “Progressive Give-Up” Formula (with Clinton’s Warning of a “Grand Bargain” to Come) by Lambert Strether. He really lays it on the line.

Clinton is trying to put Sanders in the same pine box that Reagan put Mondale in; that’s her formula for victory, and may explain why she’s become so confident; after, the formula’s worked for thirty years. Sanders should give consideration to the idea of not helping Clinton do that. He might start by ignoring small ball like family leave, and pointing out that FDR won World War II (not to mention an empire, but that’s another story) by ballooning debt to unheard-of levels. FDR — a very popular and successful Democrat, as I recall — used good judgment in doing so, and served the public purpose.

Here is why Clinton is so dangerous. Sanders needs to get the courage to start telling the American public the truth about this. He can’t continue to be afraid to tackle this issue. Fear of letting the middle and poorer classes know what the rich already know is bad for the country and bad for the Sanders campaign.

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