Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Somebody help me here. What's up with the 'Let-Trump-Win' strategy?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Somebody help me here. What's up with the 'Let-Trump-Win' strategy?:

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Somebody help me here. What's up with the 'Let-Trump-Win' strategy?


As readers of this blog know, I am a Sanders supporter and have been among the loudest critics of Hillary Clinton and the regular Democratic Party for many years, especially around education reform issues.

I supported Fanny Lou Hamer's Mississippi Freedom Democrats when they tried to get seated at the '64 and '68 conventions. I was one of the thousands in the streets at the 1968 Convention when we faced a "police riot" and turned Chicago and Mayor Daley's Democratic machine upside down protesting the war and racism. The Democrats were definitely the war party back then and the party of racial segregation in the South. Hubert Humphrey was their candidate -- not ours.


Some say our protests handed the election to Nixon. I doubt it. But I'll own part of it.

So why am I having such a hard time understanding some of my die-hard lefty/progressive friends in Philly? (Long sentence coming. Hold your breath). 

1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago
Why would you go into the Democratic Party behind Bernie Sanders' highly successful and dynamic campaign in the first place, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of young activists around key issues (Fight For 15), win significant battles (not all) with DNC regulars in the Platform Committee (including on the education plank), super-delegates, force the removal of the DNC chair, cheer ecstatically the speeches of the party stalwarts (Michelle Obama, Elizabeth WarrenCorey Booker), and then announce to the press that, despite Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Somebody help me here. What's up with the 'Let-Trump-Win' strategy?:

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