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    Party leaders worry the Bernie Sanders wing will apply ideological purity tests


    Governors races test Democrats’ rift
    Party leaders worry the Bernie Sanders wing will apply ideological purity tests in the South in 2018.



    With 27 GOP-controlled governorships up for election in 2018, national Democrats envision the midterm elections as a chance to rebalance the scales at the state level, where there are currently twice as many Republican governors than Democrats.



    But already, party leaders are running into a complication — unresolved issues left over from the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders presidential primary. Far from defeated, Sanders-aligned progressives are nationalizing their fight, showing less patience than ever for Democrats who don’t agree with them. And that’s generating fear and nervousness in the South — in places like Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee — where some promising Democratic candidates who are looking at running statewide in 2018 could face resistance from the left.



    “Here’s the challenge in many Southern states now: You have a more liberal primary base, because the more moderate voters are less likely to participate in Southern primaries, so it makes it more dicey. That certainly presents an opportunity for candidates who want to make a point rather than win an election — those candidates are less likely to be successful in a general election,” said South Carolina’s last Democratic governor, Jim Hodges. “In Southern states you’re going to need candidates who have more moderate stances to be successful.”

    No Sanders-wing candidates have declared their candidacies yet in these Southern races. But the ambitions of Sanders’ post-presidential political operation, Our Revolution — and the wake of the Tom Perez-Keith Ellison proxy battle for the DNC chairmanship — has establishment-oriented Democrats worried about the prospect of grueling primaries or policy litmus tests in a region where the party can least afford to be divided.




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    • ThouArtThat (5399 posts)
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      1. Correct – Corporate 1% Democrats Need To Fade Away


      "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
    • SandersDem (750 posts)
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      2. Once upon a time…

      we were called “The Base”.  Reject your base, watch your Party die.

    • Half Century Man (1080 posts)
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      3. One.question test.

      Are you a corporate whore?

      • slay (522 posts)
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        18. Pretty much

        Do you stand with The People – or The Corporations?  Pretty simple.

        • Shlabotnik (580 posts)
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          19. +1 n/t

          ~ All Good things are Wild and Free ~
    • Ohio Barbarian (5159 posts)
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      4. If refusing to vote for Democrats who take corporate money, and most especially

      refusing to vote for Democrats who have acted in the corporate/financial aristocratic interest in the past is too ideologically pure for the Democrats, then they can go to hell. They are the ones fixated on one thing–big money donors–not the Bernie people.

      Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.   
    • tularetom (2150 posts)
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      5. If I wanted to vote for a corporate whore theres always one available with an R

      next to his/her name.

      Dont confuse me by running one with a D, I don’t want to have to think.  I’ll just vote for the R where I know what I’m getting instead of having to guess.

      I went home with a waitress the way I always do  How was I to know she was with the russians, too?
    • Enthusiast (10167 posts)
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      6. See how they are?

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
    • MistaP (6446 posts)
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      7. like "winning" and "following on campaign promises"?

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
    • Haikugal (6084 posts)
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      8. We're coming for you, better believe it!

        Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!! Kick against the pricks!!!
    • jwirr (3849 posts)
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      9. Gov. Hodges where have we heard that before? Oh, yeah, Bill and Hillary Clinton

      told us that in the 90s. They won but almost none of the Ds have won since then. We have been losing everywhere since then. And by we I mean the FDR Democrats. Obama won but he was not an FDR D he was more of a R. And this year with centrist Hillary we lost everything.

      We are not corporatists. And we will not be voting for any of them either.

    • hypergrove (196 posts)
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      10. reject, another Beshere genius at work

      “candidates who want to make a point” … How clueless can one be?


      J ! Justice, Democrats, Justice ! P ! Primary the Corporatists ! R ! Roosevelt’s 2nd Bill of Rights !
    • mother earth (383 posts)
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      11. "party leaders" code for the corporate, criminal cabal, they are worried? lol,

      world domination is not enough for the oligarchy?

      They are worried they are seen for what they are, there’s no mystery here, only rampant corruption, collusion & a new McCarthyism being born.  The blinders are off, and we see all of the ugliness like never before.

      Democracy, in this late stage of capitalism, has been replaced with a system of legalized bribery. All branches of government, including the courts, along with the systems of entertainment and news, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate state. Electoral politics are elaborate puppet shows.- Chris Hedges
    • zoolook67 (627 posts)
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      12. They've not only ruined the "Democratic" brand,

      but “liberal” as well.

      They’re even trying to co-pt “Progressive” to destroy it.

      Living well is the best revenge.
    • daleanime (2484 posts)
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      13. Love their definition of "Purity test"……

      refusing to support the candidates they want us to.

      When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
      • Phlem (608 posts)
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        25. Exactly.

        They try to mind fuck but they go about it like children.


    • Depaysement (712 posts)
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      14. Here's my test for these Third way dems

      If a candidate runs against corporations and the wealthy and for economic security but is not so culturally liberal, will you nix him?

      "White youth, black youth Better find another solution Why not phone up Robin Hood And ask him for some wealth distribution" White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
    • hypergrove (196 posts)
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      15. A simple litmus test: fealty to FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights

      Can we get more fundamental than this?

      J ! Justice, Democrats, Justice ! P ! Primary the Corporatists ! R ! Roosevelt’s 2nd Bill of Rights !
      • Herman4747 (1347 posts)
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        21. Now that's decent.

    • cascadiance (2803 posts)
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      16. Many Republicans hate corporatist shills just as much as Democrats do!

      You f’d up corporate whore Democrats!  FIGURE IT OUT!  You are working against the NINETYNINE % of Americans and THAT is why you lose when you are less honest about how corporate serving than the Republican who at least is honest about that when he appeals to the other more right wing crap Republicans want.

      If you ran on Bernie’s POPULIST issues, you just might get many of the REPUBLICANS to vote for you that LIKED populist positions on issues which is why Trump’s lies on being populist got him elected, when Clinton and her corporate SWILL avoided taking positions supporting populist issues like the plague, and DOOMED themselves!

      GTFO out of the way if you don’t want people to mow you down!  Either that or wake up and smell the coffee and realize that Americans don’t want KORPORATE AMERIKA anymore!  And YOUR BS is what is keeping them from voting for Democrats, not Bernie and his supporters’ agendas!

      Vote AGAINST the race to the bottom by both corporate parties who seek to screw workers over globally!                                                                                  
    • slay (522 posts)
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      17. Good. They evidently need one

      to get the Dems to stop doing stupid shit – like having lobbyists in the DNC – supporting job killing trade deals like TPP – they need to unite behind a LIVING wage – basically – they need to be a progressive.  Hell even sHillary knows this – it’s why she LIED and said – multiple times – she is now “a progressive”.  Saying it is not enough though – we need to see action – and we need FIRED UP progressives like Bernie who will stand up and fight for us – and fight against the republicans.  Any Dem unwilling to do these things should not be in the party.   I hate that it’s us – the true progressives – who don’t feel welcome in the Dem party anymore – but since the party can’t seem to do these very basic things for us – I #Demexited last week.  I hope Bernie can fix this party – and it damn sure does need what I’d call “An Identity Test” instead of purity – cause right now – the Dems have no idea what they stand for – and being “Not Trump” is not a plan, it’s not a strategy, and it’s not fucking good enough – not even close.

      • twenty (65 posts)
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        28. NOW Robert Reich says this…


      • Major Hogwash (2777 posts)
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        29. Great comment.

        And, of course, Reich is correct. Whether the dim bulbs who voted for Hillary ever come to the light remains to be seen.

        Trump moya marionetka ~ Putin  
    • 3FingerBrown (469 posts)
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      20. Good!

      At this point I would rather vote for who I want and lose, than to vote for who I don’t want and win!

      • slay (522 posts)
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        30. Same here! It's not a "win" if you're basically forced to vote for a horrible

        candidate – like Hillary.   The Clintons Had To Go – about that I have no doubt – I just wish in their wake they had left Bernie instead of Trump…  sigh…

    • sorechasm (115 posts)
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      22. If you're not willing to lie to the American People, you are too pure for this

      club who have taken over the Democratic Party. That’s the purity test.

      More than half of American citizens refuse to vote for liars. Win over these people, and we win elections. Tell the truth and you win elections. If you think that being honest is too pure, you are by definition a dirty politician.

    • TwilightSporkle (1796 posts)
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      23. Same people who called for Sanders supporters to be "culled"?

      I can tell Democrats, southerners would rather vote for a Democrat that stands for something than a Democrat that stands for nothing. They still might not vote for a Democrat, but between the two, it’s 100% guaranteed, the one who has strong principles and stances will go further.

      Not just in the south, come to think of it. If the Democrats keep running hollow, empty people, they’re going to keep ending up with hollow, empty seats and hollow, empty coffers.

      What if I want to tell you to leave me and my beloved ones in peace

      But you only understand the language of the sword

      I let the blade do the talking

      So my tongue shall become iron

      And my words the mighty roar of war

    • oldandhappy (3790 posts)
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      24. Well I for one am ready!

      If you will not speak out about voter suppression, if you will not speak against fracking, if you will not vote against war, if you will not support universal health care, if you will not work for $15/hr, if you will not speak for immigrants — why would I bother to vote for you?  I am issue oriented.  Party names no longer mean anything to me.  Action, position, what you have done in the last year mean something to me.

      Invest in people.  Seek TRUTH.
      • leftcoastmountains (3073 posts)
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        34. Yes!

        #CalExit #Trumpdoesn'tpaytaxeswhyshouldwe
    • Silver Witch (5417 posts)
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      27. Sirota is trying so very hard to become a Bernie guy!

      Says to me that Bernie supporters have them running scared when even Sirota the corporate whore is trying to get a piece of thee pie.

      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        32. sirota "the corporate whore" was sanders' press secretary before

        most people ever heard of sanders.

        sirota is more a pro-israel aipac-type than corporate:

        Later he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked in the political department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  His next job was as press aide and then spokesperson for Bernie Sanders, the independent at-large U.S. Representative from Vermont who describes himself as a “democratic socialist”.[1][4][6]



        • Silver Witch (5417 posts)
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          33. He was a Bernie guy. What happened…

          …is he a vote blue  no matter who type of person. That can be forgiven.   Dems he wring some things which are pretty critical of Hillary during the  primary.

    • Two way street (2569 posts)
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      31. Hey New Democrats: Its why there is such a thing as a Primary Season – You

      are not facing a Republican.  Bernie’s Platform vs. Clinton’s Platform, will be decided by the Left of each State.  Let’s see if the Left in each Southern State prefers a Right of Center kleptocracy, to social democracy.

      Draft Bernie for a people's party becomes Draft Bernie for a people's single-payer party-Medicare for All.