Inherent behind every “as a progressive, I cannot in good conscience vote for Hillary; I’m playing the long game, so maybe a President Trump is necessary to get things going” is the assumption that the Democratic Party, upon a loss in the Presidential race, will react by running candidates more to the left.
It seems to me that the best way to ensure this happens (because I think there’s little chance that it will without prodding from voters) is to basically do what the Tea Party did for the Republicans: elect local and especially Congressional candidates that will force the “establishment” to pay attention to what their constituents want.
It makes sense; this is, after all, how our system of government is supposed to work, and the results when it does are plain to see in Congress today. How likely, though, do you all think it is? How will the passion for Sanders translate beyond 2016, especially if he’s not the Democratic nominee? It’s not like there are a shortage of voters who believe in what Sanders believes — that much is clear. But can they put together the kind of passion and actual coalitions the Tea Party did? Would it take an anti-Obama (like, say, Trump) in the White House? Would even that do it?