Bernie seems to be an alternative to the politics of Clinton. That makes him a threat to the "billionaire" class he is wont to criticize, to Super PACs fueled by Citizens United, and to establishment politicians like Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton ignores Bernie Sanders at her own peril.
This fall, Democrats have the ability to motivate the voters to turnout at levels adequate to replicate the 2012 turnout mix -- just as they did in Virginia last year. But we need to focus 100 percent of our energy on motivation. That requires that we follow several important rules.
I sent a couple of contributions -- quite modest, actually -- to President Obama. Then, to my dismay and genuine surprise, I received a card in the mail -- addressed personally to me -- that said, "Member of President Obama's Honorary Kitchen Cabinet."
With less than seven months until the midterm elections, the biggest challenge Democrats face isn't the Affordable Care Act or the President's popularity, it's the millions of dollars being spent by the Koch brothers' financed groups, most notably Americans for Prosperity.
Obama isn't the only politician who has declined to return Stanford campaign contributions to help make Stanford's defrauded investors whole. A total of 39 candidates and committees have kept their campaign funds despite the pleas by the receiver.