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Apparently, Bernie Sanders really does represent the mainstream core of the modern Democratic party.
Until now, I had generally assumed that the Vermont Senator represented only a relatively limited portion of enthusiastic supporters. Such supporters did not reflect the broader population of the Democratic Party, and that Sanders’ primary successes would top-out at around 25-30 percent. Saturday’s Nevada Caucus proved me wrong, but not in the way I would have expected.
I was spending time with family on Saturday evening, and all of the seven others around the table are avowed Democrats. I am the only political Conservative in that branch of the family. All of them self-describe as being “moderates,” in favor of “common-sense solutions that respect the beliefs of all.” They decry the current climate of political polarization endemic in our society, and express a sincere desire to find common ground with those on the other side of the aisle. They profess a longing for the heady, halcyon days of bipartisan cooperation that characterized our country before the recent descent into darkness.
As the Nevada Caucus results were announced (Sanders with 40+ percent), every person at the table (less me) raised a cheer, and their glasses to toast his victory. Mind you, this was not because the Democratic candidate had beaten a Republican: they were cheering because the Socialist candidate was beating the other Democrats. It was this that convinced me that Sanders will ultimately be the Democratic nominee – that every single rank-and-file Democrat in that anonymous dining room in Middle America cheered Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada Caucus. Not one person (less me) expressed any concern or hesitation; they were all basically happy with the Sanders win.
Therefore, I can only conclude that Sanders (Socialist) fairly represents the Democratic mainstream, if for no other reason than the self-declared mainstream Democrats are comfortable with his avowed policies and beliefs.Published in