Mike Gravel: Bernie Sanders has Options: Will he choose the right one?


Mike Gravel

ATPR: Mike Gravel was a member of the United States Senate from Alaska from 1969 to 1981. He initially sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination but the later in the campaign unsuccessfully sought the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

By Mike Gravel, from OpEdNews.com, July 8th, 2016 (H/T Thomas L. Knapp):

At this point Bernie has several options. One: He could hang in there, as it currently appears, and press for changes in Democratic Party rules and in the party platform at the convention in Philadelphia. The latter is a futile exercise since convention platforms have little or no effect on policy decisions in Congress.

Two: Assuming Bernie is intent on the presidency (I hope he is) and cannot persuade a sufficient number of super delegates to flip and secure the Democratic nomination (a fair assumption), he should join Jill Stein of the Green Party, who has already reached out to Bernie. There is a real possibility that as the Green Party standard bearer, a Sanders/Stein Green Party ticket could very well win the presidency in view of Trumps self-destruct tendency and Clinton’s criminality. As an added benefit it would break up the two party monopoly. I sincerely hope Bernie pursues this option rather than getting his supporters all worked up over the Democratic platform. Fighting for planks on the national Democratic platform is a placebo —- comfort therapy. Members of Congress don’t read platforms, much less, follow them. Remember: ” all politics is local” not national.

Adding to the mix this fall is the candidacy of Gary Johnson, former two-term governor of New Mexico, on the Libertarian ticket with his vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts governor William Weld. If it weren’t for their radical agenda, a ticket of two Republicans with executive experience from two Democratic states might have some appeal to a disillusioned electorate.

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