Yes, Bernie is not a practical politician. And, yes, like your article seems to hint at, neither pure capitalism nor pure socialism are effective forms of governance. But I must say this article sounds more like a piece meant to pave the way for Hillary in another run against Bernie in the next presidential primary.

I voted for Bernie in the primary and then turned around and voted for Hillary in the general as the lessor of two evils against the disaster that was Donald J. Trump. Actually that was an easy choice. Hillary was experience, practical and not batshit crazy as is Putin’s puppet, Trump.

The trouble was that a lot of fanatical Bernie Sanders supporters couldn’t tell the difference between Sanders positive populism and Trump’s hateful populism so they did the really stupid thing “on principle” and voted for the ass, a key factor in Hillary’s defeat.

With the extreme left pretty much cut from the same emotional cloth as the extreme right, it is the extreme left ending up voting against the center left time after time that poses the biggest threat to the Democratic Party. But in the last election it wasn’t so much Bernie that was Hillary’s problem, along with voter suppression, the Russian disinformation campaign and the head of the FBI doing dumb things, it was the Clinton’s history of playing footsie with Republicans and Wall Street that turned off so many Democrats. Please, no more Hillary.

Personally, I see Senator Al Franken as the best naturally prepared personality able to take on the orange monster. He’s smart, tough and quick witted. He would run circles around the Brooklin bully.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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