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Access to quality healthcare. Timely action against human-caused climate change. The need to address serious income inequality.
These are all issues that the Democratic candidates for president need to address.
Unfortunately, way too much time and effort have been wasted on what has been on what’s been little more than a he said/she said by anonymous proxy, over whether Sen. Bernie Sanders had told erstwhile friend and current rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren that a woman can’t be elected president.
While it’s true that Sanders and Warren are essentially fighting for the same patch of progressive voters on the Democratic Party’s left flank, they should be doing so over matters of substance which could measurably improve voters’ lives rather than what are basically the grown-up equivalent of schoolyard taunts.
Whether Sanders said that or not is irrelevant.
For one, most importantly, it won’t be truly determinative for the outcome of this year’s election.
For another, four years ago, after losing the nomination himself, Sanders did sincerely entice his supporters to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
And finally, despite a quirk of what is fast becoming an antiquated and outmoded Electoral College, was the clear elected choice of a majority of those Americans who cast ballots in 2016 given Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump.
The fact is that Americans have elected a woman for president. And we may well be doing it again this year, too.
Now let’s get back to arguing about what really matters.
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