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2012 Democratic National Convention

Dems can't repeat the mistakes of 1968

Here's a word of advice for all those who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary season:

I was in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention as state treasurer of Sen. Eugene McCarthy's Maryland campaign. It was an experience of a lifetime, but not a pleasant one.

Our people were tear-gassed, beaten and arrested. Our delegates were ignored and treated rudely. We didn't get any of the recognition or respect that the Sanders people got from the DNC in Philadelphia this year.

Back then, delegates to the convention were picked by the state central committees, not by voters as is done today. Voting for convention delegates came about only later as a...