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  •  very good diary; well done (11+ / 0-)

    On your hypothetical - if Bernie runs in the Dem primaries against Hillary, I see it as a good thing. Yes, there will be major pie fights here. But, it won't be/can't be any worse than what happened here in early 2008. It was pretty ugly between the HRC/Obama/Edwards contingents.

    The problem I have is that these pie fights get really nasty and personal. Many of us have been called conservadems, right-wing Democrats, Republicans who have migrated to DailyKOS because the GOP has become so crazy, and neo-liberals.  They can say that all they want, but its bullshit.

    As things stand RIGHT NOW, of the six candidates who have expressed interests, my preference would be in this order:

    1. O'Malley
    2. Schweitzer
    3. Sanders
    4. HRC
    5. Biden
    6. Dean

    I put the Governors at the top because I think executive experience is going to be important this time and O'Malley is the most electable AND the most liberal of the 3 governors on that list. Dean is at the bottom because he had his chance and blew it. Schweitzer is more of a libertarian Dem. And, I believe libertarianism is taking hold more now than ever.

    Sanders is a populist Social Democrat in the classic European tradition. He is definitely the most liberal of the crowd, but in 2016 he will be 75 years old. Biden will be 74. HRC will be 69, tying Ronald Reagan as the oldest president ever elected.

    Thats my simple logic 2 years before the first primaries. I'm sure as the final list develops, I'll be changing my mind a few times. Right now, I don't plan to support HRC.

    Thats where my head is it, yet I'm labeled a right wing extremist, neo-liberal.

    Some people are hell bent on creating these artificial divisions amongst like minded people. Its not about politics. Its about cliques and personalities.

    KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

    by fcvaguy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 04:46:33 PM PDT

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