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Mon Feb 29, 2016, 06:58 PM

Clinton endorsed (Vermont's Times Argus)


Bernie Sanders appears poised for a runaway victory in the Vermont presidential primary on Tuesday, an extraordinary outcome in an extraordinary year during which he has mounted a serious and substantive challenge to the front-runner, Hillary Clinton. This paper, nevertheless, endorses Clinton for president.

This endorsement rests on Clintonís breadth of experience and her proven commitment to those many issues where she shares a progressive outlook with Sanders. The very notion of political experience has taken on a negative connotation in this surprising year because voters associate it with compromise and corruption. But outsider status, which Sanders has always enjoyed, does not automatically confer wisdom or ability. Clintonís experience as a hard-working, policy-oriented senator and a secretary of state who restored the good name of the United States weighs heavily in her favor.

The contest between Clinton and Sanders has been framed as a choice between pragmatism and idealism, between incrementalism and boldness. Framing it that way oversells what Sanders offers. Fighting for health care reform, as Clinton has done for a quarter century, has been an exercise in idealism. It has been a long, difficult fight against powerful entrenched interests. The Clinton administration didnít succeed in the 1990s. The Obama administration has made significant progress, and Clinton is right to underscore the importance of that victory.

Itís easy to hold out the promise of grand solutions. On Sandersí part these would include a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system and free college for everybody. These are lofty and worthy goals; Medicare-for-all was Ted Kennedyís idea. But Clinton is willing to be square with the American people in acknowledging that getting to those goals would be a step-by-step process, requiring the kind of painstaking work she did as a senator.


http://www.timesargus.com/article/20160228/OPINION01/160229683/0/SEARCH

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ismnotwasm Feb 2016 OP
UtahLib Feb 2016 #1
SunSeeker Feb 2016 #2
Stuckinthebush Feb 2016 #3
sheshe2 Feb 2016 #4
shenmue Feb 2016 #5
asuhornets Feb 2016 #7
Thinkingabout Feb 2016 #6
brer cat Feb 2016 #8

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:06 PM

1. Truth telling wins. nt

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:09 PM

2. Well said. Thank you. nt

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:10 PM

3. I'm sure something is wrong with this newspaper

Republican owned?

In the tank for Wall Street?

Clinton is blackmailing them?

They hate good ol Bernie?




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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:16 PM

4. KnR~

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:37 PM

5. A Vermont paper endorsing Clinton?

Some of the Bernbots are going to be ticked off tonight!

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Response to shenmue (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:38 PM

7. Tonight and tomorrow...n/t

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:37 PM

6. Good endorsement.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Feb 29, 2016, 09:23 PM

8. K&R

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