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Bernie's big, bold, bad idea

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Big ideas and bold actions have long had an audience in America. Decades ago, in The Art of the Deal, now-President Trump laid bare his approach to winning over the public: “People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do.” Ronald Reagan rose to power calling for “raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors.” And in Tuesday night’s debate, Bernie Sanders pushed back against other candidates on the stage by declaring that, indeed, “Republicans aren’t afraid of big ideas.”

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, with extremely similar, extremely liberal agendas, spent the evening battling their rivals over the value of big ideas: eliminating the employer-based health insurance system, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, and more, while those more pragmatic or moderate adversaries blasted those ideas as too extreme or unworkable.

The Democratic base’s top priority is defeating Trump in 2020, and Tuesday night’s debate laid bare the divide in the party over the best way to do so, and whether it involves........

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