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Oh Boy... Another Sanders Hit Piece By The New York Times... They Are Worried... [View all]

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Readersí Turn on Bernie Sanders: Idealism vs. Pragmatism (Just Win?)
The Upshot Staff - NYT
JULY 14, 2015

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Bernie Sanders called up Nate Cohn of The Upshot last week to explain why he thought he could win the Democratic nomination for president. That conversation was mostly about ideology versus class.

But some of our readers started a different debate: idealism vs. pragmatism. In the final few months of an election, when it becomes evident that a candidate you support has no chance, is it better to continue that support (and possibly abstain from voting) or to rally around your partyís front-runner to prevent the opposing party from winning?

Another example of idealism vs. pragmatism: Ralph Naderís candidacy in 2000, or if Donald Trump decides to run as an independent in 2016.

Retina McCormack, USA

Too many think that a Bernie vote is a throwaway vote. Not me ó Iím making a statement: Iím tired of this Plutocratic Oligarchy that has taken over the past several decades. Gazillionaires do NOT have my interests in mind and they do NOT speak my language. While I donít agree with everything Bernie says, I donít agree with anything the ultra-wealthy have to say ó I will not throw away my vote on status quo anymore.

John McGloin, Staten Island, NY

Exactly. Voting for the lesser evil is voting for evil. If everyone voted for someone they thought was actually a good candidate, instead of someone they were told ďcan win,Ē good candidates could actually win.

Notafan, New Jersey

If he trips up Mrs. Clintonís candidacy and causes her to lose, then woe unto the senator who will be the most hated man in America, hated by the howling Republican mobs who despise what he believes but hated more by Democrats like me because he will have caused us to forfeit the next five seats on the Supreme Court, which will be filled by appointees of the next president. Thatís not 4 years but 40 years of the kind of place America will be for our children and grandchildren.

Sanders is a far greater threat to the liberal agenda than any Republican, and if he falls in love with running for president so much as to contemplate a third-party candidacy, then he will surely be the selfish old fool who guaranteed a Republican White House next time around. There is only one thing that matters in the 2016 presidential election: winning. If you donít get that, I have two words for you: George Bush.

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More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/upshot/readers-turn-on-bernie-sanders-idealism-vs-pragmatism-just-win.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0



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