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    Sanders needs Warren

    Despite the early success of Senator Sanders, it is inevitable that his campaign will be ground down by the Clinton political machine. Some commentators believe that his only salvation would be Senator Warren as his running mate.

    If such is the case, it might prove useful to analyze the two political currents vying for the soul of a new and progressive-tized Democratic Party: that which sees incremental progressive change as a pragmatic evolutionary effort, led by the party's quasi-crowned matriarch, Hillary Clinton; and that which advocates revolutionary progressive change, led by Senator Bernie Sanders.

    That incremental progressive change that Hillary spouses has been the trademark of the Democratic leadership for more than three decades, up to and including Barack Obama. An evolutionary effort that Bernie claims to fall short as he points to the ever-widening gap in wealth/income between rich and poor, as well as the deterioration in civil and human rights areas... which has taken America's sizeable middle class from an enviable pedestal in the past down to a surface-mediocrity in the industrialized world. Bernie's call to narrow the abysmal economic gap does not appear to be reached via trickled down evolutionary gains. Only giant revolutionary strides, following Senator Sanders' logic, can keep most Americans not just from losing more ground but also catching up to other first world economies where the governments appear to care for all their citizens, and not just the moneyed elite.

    Unfortunately for Bernie, and the success of his revolution, he carries the "S" scarlet letter in a society where only the young are exempt from cumulative political poisoning fed to us throughout our lives. Must the good senator have to explain ad nauseam why democratic socialism is not just another form of communism or anti-capitalism? And still be condescendingly tagged with suspicion or skepticism? Even if all young people (18-25) went to the polls, it would not suffice to carry Senator Bernie Sanders to the White House. Not without a major shakeup in the current status. For the tide to turn and carry the day for Bernie, not just as presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, but as President-elect in November, two things need to happen... and they need to happen soon. First, he would need an endorsement from another honest politician, one just as capable to lead the nation, who would not only be ideologically compatible but also willing to team-up as vice-presidential candidate and join the campaign long before the Democratic convention in July. And no one better suited for that role than Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Second, and perhaps most important in bringing about the tide, would require for Bernie to sell his political agenda and gain the endorsement of groups that now follow a tradition where the leadership is often swayed by personal and "historical" loyalties, often not in consonance with the groups' members - a behavior which prevails in unions and ethnic/racial groups and institutions. That has been the case with an already plurality of groups endorsing Hillary Clinton, where the membership would be much better served with Bernie Sanders in the White House. Not an easy sell for Bernie, or anyone else. Not easy to find leadership with the unbiased clarity exhibited by South Carolina lawmaker, Rep. Justin Bamberg, who switched his endorsement from Hillary to Bernie.

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