The Bernie Factor

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March 17, 2016 by Chris Kite

Several months ago, I wrote about how I expected Bernie Sanders to influence the Democratic primary. I predicted that Bernie Sanders would not win the nomination, but that he would move the party and the conversation left of where it might have otherwise been.

I still believe that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, but Bernie Sanders is being more competitive than expected. I don’t make this prediction out of a wish. As I pointed out the other day, I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary in my state and would love to see him win. I just don’t think it will happen.

The article in the link below indicates just how much of an influence Bernie Sanders has had on taking the party back to a more liberal stance. While painted as a radical leftist by some, his policies are not too far from what mainstream Democrats stood for just a few decades ago. They are certainly all positions you could imagine FDR taking. And probably JFK, too.

Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has been good for the Democratic party and good for middle class and poor Americans. The conversation is more about what benefits the middle class and poor, and less about letting the rich get richer and hoping some of it makes it down to those that are not so fortunate.

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