Here’s why Bernie Sanders can win

Though the international media’s attention is fixed on Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination for President, the real earth shaking campaign is taking place in the Democratic Party’s ranks, where Bernie Sanders is now ahead of Hilary Clinton in the polls ahead of the crucial and first Democratic primary in Iowa.

And it’s not difficult to understand why after watching this clip of Sanders in action against Alan Greenspan. Not since Eugene Debs has there been such a strong American voice for social and economic justice capable of uniting people on the basis of class, rather than keeping them divided according to race, religion, or any other false division.

9 comments on “Here’s why Bernie Sanders can win

  1. jim mclean on said:

    Unfortunately Bernie is still having a major challenge getting support from the “black” community but I must admit I am shocked (happily so) at how the “Hispanic” community has switched towards Sanders bringing him close to catching Clinton. At 40% Clinton and 35% Sanders and a 5% margin of error this is amazing from 70% Clinton 5% Sanders. (I’m a secret psephologist) Another thing which has reached out the the average American is Sanders willing to take on the Pro-Lifers. I think he might do it, hope he does.

  2. Andy New on said:

    Michael Bloomberg’s potential candidacy may stampede some Democrats towards Clinton, in the fear that Trump would win a third way Trump, Sanders , Bloomberg contest.

    It is an interesting development where Trump’s looming candidacy marks an irrevicable and final break with the Rockefeller Republican wing of GOP, of which Bloomberg is a late survivor.

    For the world biggest military and economic power to be potentially led by a populist like Trump is a scary thought for the USA’s business abd social elites, let alone the rest of us

  3. Andy, please check the name you’re posting under on one of your computers – you’ve ended up with the name “Andy New”, and your email address has random characters added to it.

  4. An interesting contrast between the American and British Lefts is that here in the US the extent to which Bernie stresses class over race and gender inspires criticism from the hard left, while it seems to endear him to the British hard left.

  5. bernie sanders victory might not be a good thing he cannot meet his promises with out a cut in the miliatary budget, usa spend more than rest of the world combined on that its just two big a drain on its society to have a welfare system and a rebalanced economy. he cant do what he has set out to do. plus he cant win a general election. i think if you got principals back third party candidate jill stein in hope of building an alternative route on to ballot paper for progressives. if you just want to stop a republican candidate then that horrid clinton makes the most sense.

  6. jqmark,

    I think the big test will be how Bernie survives the media, pundit, and political salvos he is now starting to get. If he continues to thrive with the denunciations coming on, I don’t think that you can count him out in the general election. Until recently, the media and the Democratic elites did not take Sanders seriously, but he managed to build up a real base despite the media blackout. That is extraordinarily impressive. If he can withstand and prosper despite the coming onslaught, that will be even more impressive.

  7. Andy Newman on said:

    jqmark: if you just want to stop a republican candidate then that horrid clinton makes the most sense

    From the point of view of people outside the USA, then Ted Cruz seems to have a more rational proposed foreign policy than Clinton. The thing about Cruz is that in a national culture that seems constantly to feel that more military action is the answer to everything (and Clinton at State has consistently been wrong over Afghanistan, favouring the idiotic idea that “one more push” will defeat the Taliban, and sidelining those advisors of obama who advocate improving civil governance as a necessary step), Cruz seems not only reluctant to commit US troops abroad, but also concedes the limits of US power.

    The thing about the USA is that presidents are mostly less powerful than they think they are, and have to negotiate through a minefield of separated powers, state rights, powerful institutional actors, independently minded military and intelligence superstructures. So if he did reach the Whitehouse, Cruz may act more like a mainstream conservative.

    The reason – for me at least – that the GOP primaries are more interesting that the Democrats is because we see the mainstream candidates in GOP utterly sidelined, with the dilemma for the Republican establishment, do they swing behind Cruz to beat Trump, or do they just make their peace with Trump. It is also fascinating that someone like Bloomberg – a thoroughly mainstream conservative by European standards – would be too much of an an outsider for GOP and therefore is considering he may stand as an independent.

    The problem for US democracy at the present time is that its party system is broken, and breeds cynicism

  8. John Grimshaw on said:

    Andy Newman: The problem for US democracy at the present time is that its party system is broken, and breeds cynicism

    I’m sure you’re right Andy. That being said I’m always surprised at how a large number of Americans get so worked up and excited about these debates. Of course I realise most of them are stage managed and that it’s difficult to judge how many people go to these rallies just by looking at the telly but I gather that some of them have had large numbers of people. Most of the time in recent years when politicians have tried these things in this country their is genuine cynicism.