This article and many others suggest that Sanders would actually have a better chance beating Trump, or any of the other Republican candidates.
I think what yesterday’s results show is that there are significant Democratic Party sectors who are either not ready for a Jewish socialist President, or they are simply too scared of a Trump Presidency to take chances with an unknown. Black voters in particular take the brunt of a Republican victory, and all of the Republicans agree that Dodd/Frank should be repealed while in fact it’s too mild of a reform to prevent another economic meltdown. I also think Justice Scalia’s death has many Democrats wanting to go with the better bet rather than roll the dice with a Jewish socialist.
Bernie is right – the bigger banks have to be broken up and we need laws which will send investment fraudsters to jail, and Clinton probably isn’t going to press that issue any harder than Obama (still none of the fraudsters in jail eight years later!). We may yet see another crash as some of the old patterns are starting to reassert themselves on Wall Street as CDO bundling packages reappear with new names. And why ratings firms are taken seriously at all after 2008, I have no idea. I don’t think the Constitution allows the federal government to shut the ratings firms down, but they could demand the right to audit their processes and call bogus publicly when they see it. None of the Republicans nor Clinton is likely to do this because they are beholden to that money – this is the core of the Sanders campaign.
As I’ve said from the beginning, I think Bernie will probably lose. But that’s irrelevant. A campaign like his isn’t just about electing someone President. It’s about creating a movement, and to the extent that he’s forced Clinton to move left on some of these issues, his campaign has already had a positive effect. I hope he continues to run all the way to the convention. I don’t think the email controversy will evolve into anything which can take Clinton down, but just in case it does, we might as well have a strong candidate waiting.
Will Sanders be the VP? Will he negotiate the acceptance of the nomination contingent upon Clinton forgoing PAC donations? Can she win if he does? Can she have a VP who draws larger crowds than she? Do we want someone like Sanders stacking paperclips in the VP office instead working with Elizabeth Warren to push real reform through the Senate?
If Bernie is still on the ballot come June, I will be voting for him. I still remember his narrow upset win to become Burlington Mayor. A decade later he was in Congress. His core purpose has been consistent the whole time. Politics are about movement, not what an individual candidate promises.