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Serody: The Future of the Democratic Party

Written by  Bob Serody

Posted May 27, 2016
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The Future of the Democratic Party
By Bob Serody

The finish to the Democratic nomination is around the corner. It is likely that Clinton will succeed in getting the number of delegates required to win the nomination. Bernie is a realist. There is still the Democratic party platform. Many progressives probably feel that the platform is meaningless, since it is not a binding document.

However, this is not a typical presidential year. First there is Donald Trump. It’s not just all the hateful things he stands for and his unstatesmanlike personality; he is downright dangerous. Second, May 26 polls from All Clear Politics show that in a general election, Clinton and Trump are in a near dead heat, while for California, Bernie leads Hillary in a matchup with Trump by +17 to +10 points.  

What do these indicators mean? Bernie and his progressive platform cannot be easily dismissed. Hillary needs Bernie’s support. People are paying strong attention to the issues of 2016 and realize that this country cannot continue to be run by corporate interests without a serious rupture in the near future. Second, no one can definitely be sure that Clinton will win against Donald Trump in a general election. Simply put, the negatives of these two candidates far outweigh their positives.

It should now be clear that Bernie and his ideas to save America are not going away. The Democratic Party is going to have to become the party of FDR and Harry Truman again if it wants to become a viable alternative to the right wing policies of the Republicans. This means that Clinton is going to have to adopt Bernie’s ideas, not those of her corporate sponsors. How can this happen?

The first step is to remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her position as DNC Chair. Party leaders are now considering this move. Second, give Bernie a chance to remold the platform to reflect the progressive issues that the Democratic Party should embrace. With this platform and Bernie’s support, its message could resonate with a huge voter turnout, resulting in a clean sweep for the Democratic Party: that means gaining control of the White House and the both houses of Congress.

I believe this will happen only if Hillary adopts a progressive stance that includes the economic issues pushed by Bernie. This is the price she must pay to get Bernie’s support.

Clinton could renege on her promises once the election is over. But Bernie’s ideas and his strong position will serve to pressure her to make the right decisions. The important point is this: the progressive wing of the party will be much stronger after the elections, and it will be under Bernie Sanders’ control from his position in the Senate.

Bottom line: Bernie’s support is stronger than ever. Bernie is not going away.

Bob Serody is a member of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance

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