Adapted from the Twitter feed.
Be careful not to blame the Democrats for the work of the Republicans.
Be careful you're not blaming the Democrats for the fact that there are Republicans.
Mississippi is what it is for the same reason Massachusetts is what it is.
"Not good enough" =/= "Nothing."
Their not doing exactly what I think needs to be done exactly as I want it done =/= "might as well have done nothing."
There's a big difference between saying "We need/can do better" and "YOU didn't do enough!"
Accepting that there are political, economic, and social realities that must be dealt with =/= "settling"
It is pragmatic.
Believing that things can get done if only enough people believe they can get done isn't idealism. It's merely thinking wishfully outloud.
Idealism is a great thing. It's necessary to get good things done because it gives hope and energy and prevents "settling."
Ideally - see what I did there - good political leaders combine pragmatism and idealism.
Without too much of one or the other.
But that balance is hard to achieve so it's hard to find someone who achieves it.
I think it's better for a politician, if she's going to lean one way more than the other, to be more pragmatic than idealistic.
You might think that HRC leans too far towards the pragmatic. And you may be right.
But I think Bernie is nothing but idealistic. And I may be right.
So there we are.