How Progressives Can Win the Democratic Party, and Bernie Can Win the White House

Armory of the Revolution

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a rally at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

In the general election last year, Hillary and her Wall Street cronies expected progressives to embrace Hillary, just as progressives have supported centrist and neoliberal Democratic nominees for decades. They believed progressives had no other option, as the Greens were a joke and Trump was the Republican.

Many progressives assumed that the Democratic leadership would make serious overtures to the Sanders wing of the party in the wake of the repudiation of Hillary Clinton and the loss of the opportunity to retake the Senate. The race for chair of the DNC was thought to be indicative of the future of the party, and the measure of the value of the progressive wing of the party to the Democratic leadership.

Those who thought the Democratic leadership would put other than one of their Wall Street hacks into the chairmanship of the DNC were deluding themselves. The Democratic leadership will never willingly…

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