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Ok...I preface this by saying I hope Bernie DOES NOT run in 2020. I also hope Hillary doesn't. In my view, they are both flawed candidates.
Hillary is...well, let's face it...Hillary. People who hate her will crawl through broken glass to vote against her. And Bernie? I cannot see enough of America overcoming the idea that he is an octogenarian Socialist Jew...to vote for him. And that is what the line of attack would be.
We all know that Social Democrat is NOT the same as "Socialist" but my countrymen do not make such fine distinctions....they have the fear bug in them about Socialism...and they simply won't in my view, vote for Bernie.
Yes...I am saying I do not believe Bernie could have beat Trump, either. I know the BoB's will beg to differ, but I really don't care. They can yammer on and wave all their polls, I WANT CROSSTABS!! Because I believe his popularity is non-existent outside of his narrow bubble. For precisely the reasons of "Socialist" and "Jew" and "octogenarian." I wish our country was different, because I LIKE BERNIE...and I like his ideas. But he can only hurt us by running.
Here's the thing...I got into it on yet another Forum...supposedly for Progressives...which turned out to be yet another Rah Rah Bernie....and Bernie and Nobody But Bernie site.
THERE ARE GOOD PROGRESSIVES THAT ARE NOT BERNIE!!
Before I got kicked off the site (and that is debatable, since I posted to the Admin that if this was a "Bernie and Nobody But Bernie" site, to count me out) - some of the BoB's actually challenged me...that if Bernie were to run and win the nomination...would I vote for him?
ARE THEY FOR REAL?? I AM A PARTY PRECINCT CHAIR!! OF COURSE I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM!! I AM A PROGRESSIVE!! OF COURSE I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM!!
I told them as much...and that I would vote for him HAPPILY. And I would.
The problem is..I do not believe THEY would take such a pledge in reverse...so here's your opportunity, Bernie cheerleaders!! Here is your chance to prove me wrong, and I hope you do.
Will you, Bernie Supporter...pledge to vote for the Democratic nominee...if Bernie runs and does not win the Primary? Will YOU pledge to not go third party or write Bernie in? Will YOU pledge to do everything necessary to make sure Donald Trump does not win a second term??
Are you all truly happier having Don The Con in the White House...rather than even a flawed Dem? Really??
So how about it, Bernie Supporters?? Will you pledge with me? And will you then follow through?
THIS is why you drive a lot of us crazy...and why you get blamed for Trump...because you WOULD NOT pledge in 2016...and DID NOT suck up in 2016.
Will you this time?? And after you pledge will you follow through? Will you honor such a pledge if you take it? How about it??
I, ANGELA FOX BRIDGMAN, PRECINCT CHAIR OF THE WAKE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY, PRECINCT 10-02 AND ELECTED MEMBER OF THE NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINEE, NO MATTER WHO IT IS...EVEN IF IT IS BERNIE SANDERS.
As a Precinct Chair and member of the SEC, I should not even have to pledge this, because it goes without saying in my position. But I will do it, because I do not ask others to do what I will not.
Now...for Bernie supporters...
I, [INSERT YOUR NAME HERE] DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER 2020 FOR THE NOMINEE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, EVEN IF IT IS NOT BERNIE SANDERS.
Will you all take that pledge??