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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far....well...ah...1994 in Rochester really, my wife took up the gauntlet to run for the State legislature. You remember 1994. Not a good year for any Democrat to run. In fact, it was pretty discouraging. The tide was deep red and there was little to say to change it.
But my wife and I learned a number of things. She ran as a Democrat but her campaign committee included a few prominent Republican women. Women who were discouraged by the growing right wing influence of the far right. . . .
I know there are a lot of Bernie delegates and supporters that are very disappointed right now. You say you could never vote for Hillary. That you are convinced that she embodies the things you hate. Corporate. Untrustworthy. Establishment.
But there is a difference between the narrative that has been accepted about her and the real person. It will take time to dig deeper into that biography.
But here is what I have trouble with. This isn't really about Hillary or Bernie or even about politics. The Sanders movement has been about lifting up . . .
My respect for Senator Sanders has only grown during this convention. Although some of his supporters have been less than cordial during the process, Sanders himself has done everything possible to change the dynamic of division.
He has been gracious and fair and looks like he will be a powerful surrogate on the campaign trail.
But we need to also acknowledge that Hillary Clinton has treated him and his support base with the utmost respect. In some extreme radical cases, much more than they deserved.
The Clinton campaign did compromise after compromise on . . .