Sanders even responded to Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Clinton by critically identifying the most maligned and attacked women’s health organization in the world as “establishment.”

Well, if you politically align yourself with donations to the Establishment, kind of hard to avoid that label being placed on yourself.

of his hand in sidelining identity-based issues as purported distractions from “real,” hard economic issues, and approach his message with scrutiny. Because while Sanders ultimately lost the nomination, his ideology of packaging experience and Washington political networking as inherently evil, holds as much clout — if not more — than at the peak of his presidential campaign. And with midterm elections already underway, this has powerful implications.

Hm. What you’re describing is “politics as usual”. So, Bernie used “politics as usual” to assault Clinton, and you think that’s wrong? For who? Just for Bernie, or for all politicians in general?

The vote was 54 to 37 percent, in de León’s favor. Neither candidate received the endorsement having failed to win a necessary majority, but the vote was a jarring rebuke to the Democratic “establishment” nonetheless.

Kind of a shame. Feinstein’s a neocon, but she is an experienced hand in the Senate. De Leon, of course, is a raving madman.

In the current national political landscape, what we’re witnessing is an existential battle for the bare necessities, for protection of the Affordable Care Act so that some 32 million Americans don’t lose their health care and thousands of children and adults don’t die because they can’t afford basic medical services.

Well, that’s not really true, is it? Most of those 32M are in the Medicare expansion, which isn’t going away, for now. The rest are in the ACA proper, which was a harebrained idea from the get go, without a decent funding mechanism. No sane person thought a tax on tanning beds and medical equipment were going to fund a semi-national health care system.

Legislators with the slightest semblance of decency are fighting tooth and nail for basic legislative protections and civil rights for marginalized groups, for the funding of basics like public school, essential family planning resources, the right to not be fired by an employer for being gay or being a sexually active woman.

They already have all that, bubbala. Stop pretending they don’t.

We have to ask ourselves what the real, practical use for utopic ideas and dogged, ideological purity may be, if we can’t even protect low-income women’s access to birth control or the right of people with pre-existing conditions to access affordable health care.

A utopic idea never has a practical use; it’s always doomed to failure. What you need to promote is decent, self-sustaining policies which have firm financial backing. The ACA, for one example, never had that; it was always assumed that once in place, it would be so popular that the GOP would have no choice but to accept it and improve it. Oops.

But universal health care isn’t necessarily the only model to ensure that everyone has access to affordable health care,

Absolutely correct. The sexual fetish that the left has with universal single payer has cost many people their lives. We’d have had near-universal care in the 1990’s if not for the single payer obsession.

The election of the least qualified president in U.S. history over the most qualified candidate in U.S. history

Oh, this is a propaganda piece. I get it now. :-)

Trump may very well be the least qualified candidate in US history. 90% of the previous candidates, going back to President Washington, was more qualified than Mrs. Clinton, who spent half her life being a political wife, and the rest of her life being an undistinguished lawyer, senator, and one of the worst S of S’s in US history.

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