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Peter DeFazio

Bernie Sanders has a history of careful dealings with Democrats

WASHINGTON In the first week of May in 1990, the former mayor of Vermont's largest city met with some of the most liberal members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a body he hoped to join after that November's election. "I look forward to working with you on my issues come next January," he wrote to one, Colorado's Patricia Schroeder, a week later. There was only one thing that separated Bernie Sanders from the legislators, whose views on the need for a new national health care system, environmental protection measures, and even Cold War policies were ones he shared. They were all proud Democrats, and he just as proudly wasn't. But the famously socialist...