Bernie needs to emphasize that it’s going to take a movement, not detailed plans, to get substantial changes through Congress

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A recent article, Elizabeth Warren Is Winning Over Left-Wing Hearts In Iowa, quotes a number of Bernie supporters in 2016 who have flipped to Warren now, and it's primarily because of her "detailed plans," which makes them believe that she's more likely to get things done, while Bernie is more of a "idealist." Now, this is wrongheaded thinking in at least two ways. One is that Bernie speaks of what should be, in his view, fundamental aspirations of society, while Warren wants to tinker and regulate. What Warren is talking about is capable of being reduced to "plans," while what Bernie is focused on naturally exists on the level of philosophy rather than implementation.

More important, however, is what Bernie explained beautifully in his CNN interview yesterday: He said that he could "write great plans in my sleep," or words to that effect, but having great plans gets the plans no closer to becoming law because they have to go through the political process in Congress. In his view, with which I agree, getting any of these plans or ideas though Congress will require massive popular political mobilization–in other words, a movement. That's what he has and that Warren doesn't and never will. But the young progressives quoted in this article don't seem to recognize any of this–they think that having "detailed plans" is what makes them "real" and therefore more likely to be implemented. That's absolutely incorrect.

Now maybe there's no way to wean some people off the fixation on shiny new plans. But hopefully Bernie will continue to emphasize that getting anything through Congress of the magnitude that either he or Warren are proposing is going to require popular mobilization of which only he is capable.

I will say that this article opened my eyes as to the depth of Warren's commitment to Iowa: over 50 paid staff. She is absolutely playing to win.

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Is Bernie going for the quick knockout?

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Idk about you guys but it looks to me like Bernie and the campaign is going for the quick knockout because the majority of his campaign visits have been the first 5 states in the primary: iowa, NH, SC, Nevada, and Cali. And that he has a way more combative and feisty demeanor to MSM and in general. Not that I'm complaining because it's something i was hoping he'd do. Just an interesting observation i had. Thoughts?

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PLEASE tell me Bernie is going to be repeating “No Middle Ground” every chance he gets

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He needs to make it part of his stump speech. Close every rally with it, and say it at the debates. Biden/Hickenlooper/Delaney/etc are constantly talking about finding "middle ground" and if Bernie makes it one of his catchphrases, every time a candidate says it it will hurt them.

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