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This isn’t 2008. And Hillary isn’t Obama.

Armory of the Revolution

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a cabinet meeting as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama has recently been discussing his efforts at job creation as the Republican presidential candidates vie in the Florida primary today. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Mickey Kantor, former US Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton is a personal friend. Mickey is one of the most connected Democrats in the country. He has the ears of presidents and is respected for his political acumen. Speaking with Mickey is akin to speaking to the entire Democratic establishment. He is that influential, and that prescient.

I spoke with Mickey a few weeks ago.. We discussed the state of the presidential race. He is convinced that Hillary will be the nominee, and that Sanders should rein in his criticism of Hillary in the interests of party unity in the Fall.

I offered that many Sanders voters, especially environmentalists and animal activists, would take a pass on Hillary if she is the Democratic nominee.

Mickey dismissed my prognostications as being unrealistic. He mentioned the acrimony between Obama and Hillary supporters in 2008, and pointed out that it…

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