Bernie Sanders has a better chance of winning in November and getting things done
If you stay tuned in to any media establishment outlet such as CNN or NBC, you can be sure the anti-establishment candidate will be said network’s target. It’s only logical, the corporate media will always look after their own interests, and soon enough they’ll have everyone believing their own hype.
This scenario is true with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, not Republican Candidate Donald Trump. Trump has managed to be labeled as an anti-establishment candidate despite the fact that he is himself a billionaire, which in an oligarchy is the establishment.
Back to Bernie, there are two main talking points making the rounds on CNN and their ilk. Neither of which have to do with actual policy. The first point comes straight from the horse’s mouth which is that Hillary Clinton has a better chance of getting things done in Washington. The other is that Clinton has a better chance of being elected President. That she is more electable as they say.
For starters, if you think Hillary has a better chance of getting things done, you don’t know history. Whether she claims to be a moderate or progressive, it doesn’t change the fact that Republicans absolutely despise her. They are just as likely to work with Obama as with her.
You may draw attention to what her husband was able to accomplish with Republicans when he was President. If that is a sign of things to come we should be backing away. Punitive welfare reform, the Defense of Marriage Act and the deregulating of Wall Street to name a few. For all his help, Republicans tried to impeach him.
Let’s not pretend to believe that a political party who pushes the Benghazi conspiracy, email scandal and countless other hit jobs would be willing to work with Hillary on anything remotely liberal. She has been in the public eye for decades and she has been shot down every step of the way starting with healthcare in the 90’s.
What may or may not separate Bernie from Hillary in this regard is the people. When Obama was first elected, he was propelled there by a progressive movement similar (though not as big) to Bernie Sanders. After Obama assumed office, the movement disappeared along with Obama’s progressive agenda. It’s hard to say which one withdrew first.
Whether Bernie could keep his progressive movement’s momentum going once he reaches the White House remains to be seen, but I believe he will succeed, at least with some policies. Hillary, as it stands now, has no movement behind her.
As far as electability goes, this is another instance where the public should not believe the hype and instead believe in facts, which in this case are polls. While Bernie has erased nearly a thirty point lead that Clinton had over him as recently as December, what really matters is how they fare against Republicans.
In a recent Quinnipiac poll, a theoretical match-up with Donald Trump has Sanders beating him by 10%, while Hillary only beats him by 5%. Against Ted Cruz, Sanders is winning by 4% while Hillary is tied. If you want to be even more frightened, Against Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders is tied while Clinton is losing by 7%. Scary stuff indeed.
The point is, against every Republican candidate, Bernie Sanders is doing better. Despite the fact that Clinton is more moderate, independents just don’t like her. Independents actually poll much better with Sanders likely due to his anti-establishment positions.
It’s clear that Bernie’s socialist label isn’t hurting him, hell it may even be helping him. Republicans can call him a socialist all they want, it didn’t hurt Obama and he’s anything but. The democratic socialist brand is nothing to fear, a majority of Americans already support much of its ideology, you just won’t hear it from the establishment media. Right now, it’s better to bet on Bernie.