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It's Official: Bernie Sanders is the Most Popular 2016 Presidential Candidate. Tell Me Again Why He Can't Win?

Updated on July 2, 2015

Bernie Sanders Draws 10,000 Supporters in Wisconsin

Some 10,000 supporters turned up in Madison, Wisconsin to listen to 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont who is pursuing the Democratic nomination.
Some 10,000 supporters turned up in Madison, Wisconsin to listen to 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont who is pursuing the Democratic nomination. | Source

For the First Time, it is Undeniable That Bernie Sanders Could Win This Thing

Wisconsin may have one of the most conservative governors in the land, Republican presidential contender Scott Walker, but its capital city of Madison just served up a crowd of 10,000 admirers to give liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) the biggest rally of the 2016 presidential election cycle thus far. While it was already known that Sanders, the "Democratic Socialist" who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, had outdrawn all of his Republican rivals, it is now official that he has outdrawn Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton as well. Hillary's big bash, her campaign kickoff on New York's Roosevelt Island, drew about 5,000 supporters.

10K versus 5K? I'd say that the media should stop treating Sanders as the candidate who is hopelessly trailing Clinton. In fact, it now looks like Sanders is the candidate to beat. Refreshingly, the candidate himself has confidently predicted that he will win, and pundits are backing him up. While critics have derided Sanders' surging popularity as curiosity over the "socialist" who is loony enough to run for the White House, more level-minded analysts have reported that Sanders is a big winner on the important issues.

Like him or not, Bernie Sanders has been on the right side of every major political issue since he first won office as mayor of Burlington, Vermont in the early 1980s. He opposed the Iraq War when Hillary Clinton voted for it. He supported the right to same-sex marriage when Hillary Clinton was opposed to it. He wanted universal health care long before Obamacare became a household name. This grizzled political veteran has been making the right calls and sounding the right alarms since before the Clinton Era began...and now is his time.

Bernie Sanders is winning because he is running on issues rather than identity politics, and the issues will carry the 2016 race. While Clinton will inevitably win a big chunk of the female electorate, I predict that many women will find that Sanders offers a better deal for their wallets, health, and family than Clinton. Sanders wants much broader economic reform than Clinton, and the increasing prevalence of the female breadwinner means that women voters cannot be won over by identity alone. With America's economic recovery from the Great Recession still weak, workers of all races, religions, and genders would do well to consider the economic reforms touted by the old white guy from Vermont.

Before 2020 rolls around, America will face a growing retirement crisis, increasing problems due to global warming and climate change, and weakening sociopolitical stability due to economic inequality. The only candidate with plans to do something about these problems is Bernie Sanders. He has a plan. It may not be the right plan, but it is a plan. When the current administration has no plan on how to combat ISIS, it becomes clear that simply having a plan is something to be applauded. In this regard, Bernie Sanders is the General Patton of the 2016 presidential field. He has made decisions and is championing them. While others are keeping quiet, Sanders is moving forward. To quote Ben Horowitz: "Often any decision, even the wrong decision, is better than no decision."

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and every one of the many Republicans running for president right now have a lot to learn from Bernie Sanders. For the first time, it is undeniable that Bernie Sanders could win this whole thing. I sure hope he does.


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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Sgt Prepper : Tin foil hats for everyone!

    • Sgt Prepper profile image

      Gunny Cracker 

      3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

      LIVE FREE OR DIE! Both the Republicans and the Democrats are reading from the exact same script for a New World Order and it is almost complete. The real heartache concerning the Rebel Flag is that it represents state sovereignty and that is something the evil-cabal of global-elite detest. Soon no country on earth will even have national sovereignty and that is the way the UN and their Agenda-21 want it. GOPers are fascists & Demoncrats are commies. Together they are conspiring to make a one-world socialist economy, a universal religion(Chrislam?) under False prophet Pope Francis and a one-world dictator Antichrist Obama. Martial-law has already begun. Get saved before The Rapture! I hate Big Brother.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "The U.S. and China have the 2 biggest economies and both use a combination of capitalism and socialism."

      Seriously? Are you familiar with the 1979 one-child policy in China? Are you familiar with the suicide rate at the FoxConn corporation? Does the size of the economy justify human rights abuses?

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The point is that a combination of capitalism and socialism (not communism) work best. Each of these 3 above words are defined in my article. The U.S. and China have the 2 biggest economies and both use a combination of capitalism and socialism.

      Tamara above says "Nicomp, you have a serious case of black and white thinking." I am saying not socialism and not saying capitalism. I am saying both. Is Obama black or white? He is both. His mother is a white Irish woman. Is Vin Diesel black or white. He is both with one black parent and one white parent.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Chuck Bluestein : China provides more proof that Communism doesn't work. They have billionaires because they began allowing property ownership. In 1978 private ownership of a business was illegal. In 2001 China joined the WTO.

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      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      As far as a Democratic Socialist, here is paragraph from my article on Bernie Sanders. Remember that giving social security, disability and welfare is socialism.

      "The government collects money from people and gives it out to people. Officially China is a communist country that practices socialism. But polls show that China has more people that believe in free enterprise (capitalism) than America does. Money.cnn.com says "The Chinese like capitalism more than Americans." There are billionaires in China. So both of these countries use a combination of capitalism and socialism."

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Tamara M Wright - I have to go back to work because I am self-sustaining. Read some books and get back to me:

      Learn how government works:

      Parliament of Whores, by P.J. O'Rourke

      Learn how Democrats continue to destroy a once-great American city:

      Detroit: An Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff

      Learn the basic tenets of Free Market Economics:

      A Capitalist Manifesto -Understanding the Market Economy and Defending Liberty, by Dr. Gary Wolfram

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Good day sir.

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      You kind of cut out the rest of that huh? I know, because I read it. Boy that is censorship and you are twisting things around, but anyone that goes to the website and reads it, will see that you did that.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs,"

      That's Communism. That's Central Planning. The Free Market should run the economy and society should be an individual choice. I have no clue how to democratically run a society. Will the Democracy tell me what to serve for dinner or what car to buy?

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Oh, I get your number. Enough written. I have a busy life. LOL. Have a good day.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Another thing honestly we need in the U.S. is more then two parties (common sense) that have any power or that have any access to the media or debates. Oh, my gosh...I am thinking out of the box! That must terrify people with thinking like yours Nicomp."

      Dude, we have more than two parties now. If you have Internet access, look up The Green Party, The Libertarian Party, and The TEA Party.

      If you're whining and moaning about media access, start your own media and provide them access. Glenn Beck did it. Ariana Huffington did it. George Soros did it. Quit sitting around and complaining. It's your responsibility to step up.

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Nicomp, you did not read the link that I presented from the Democratic Socialist organization to even know what it was. You are like a small child sitting there saying "I don't like spinach" and you won't even taste it to know. I can picture you sitting there putting your hands over your ears and going "lalalalalala" when I present information that talks about what it is. Get educated.

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      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Nicomp, you have a serious case of black and white thinking. Communism is not Democratic Socialist. Before you get on here and start saying things about Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism, sounds like you need to take a few classes in college about politics. It would help you to understand better what you are talking about.

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      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Democratic Socialism is a combination of these things.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBIXmXJwIuk

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Nicomp...wow Trolls are everywhere these days. "

      Wow. I am insulted. That's hate speech. Someone call the Justice Department.

      "...and that even though people have paid into Social Security their whole lives, they are "Entitlements" WRONG by the way...that need to be cut."

      Read an economics book and get back to me. Social Security is empty. No money. All gone. By law, it must be spent as soon as it comes in. It's not in a lock-box. We can't afford it.

      "Bernie is really the only person making any sense that is running for president. "

      As I wrote earlier, don't wait for him to get elected. Give all your stuff to the government and get in line for cheese and health insurance. You can be a self-starter Communist. If you do that I promise to vote for Bernie. You won't do it because you want all your stuff and you want the government to give you other people's stuff. That's Bernie's platform: take stuff from people that earned it and give it to everyone else. That's Communism. At least admit it.

      "That the very rich should be able to buy off government and that they should stash their hoards into the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes?"

      Eat the Rich!!

      Read the Tax Code and get back to me. For the most part, no laws are broken, it's all legal and Bernie was there when the laws were implemented. He's been in office since 1990 and, wow!, the so-called loopholes are still in place. How's he looking now?

      "What is a Democratic Socialist?"

      A Communist by any other name would smell as sweet. Remember the words of Margart Thatcher, whom you hopefully have heard of: "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

      In all seriousness, Communism simply does not work. Read your history. It's not that they did it wrong, it's just that it doesn't work. You can't take away a person's dignity and redistribute his wealth while still expecting him/her to remain productive. The Free Market is ugly and painful, but it's the only alternative.

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Another thing honestly we need in the U.S. is more then two parties (common sense) that have any power or that have any access to the media or debates. Oh, my gosh...I am thinking out of the box! That must terrify people with thinking like yours Nicomp.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiEt6703L1o

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      Nicomp...wow Trolls are everywhere these days. You have that a bit twisted around. You watched too many movies in the 80's. I bet you think that most people on food stamps are "losers", that Veterans shouldn't have any help when they get back from NEEDLESS wars and that even though people have paid into Social Security their whole lives, they are "Entitlements" WRONG by the way...that need to be cut. That is is just great to ship our jobs overseas, that no one should have a working wage and that the LGBT community should not have the same rights as everyone else, or women for that matter in general. We shouldn't have equal pay? That the very rich should be able to buy off government and that they should stash their hoards into the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes? I guess if you are against all of this, that you are a damn commie. To me it just makes sense not to really want all of these things. Do you not like people or something? Our country has been socialist from the beginning. The founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they saw things how they are. Bernie is really the only person making any sense that is running for president. He is for the people and unless you are one of the Koch brothers, you would be a fool not to vote for him. Because soon you won't have "anything" to give away to the government. What is a Democratic Socialist?

      http://www.dsausa.org/

      Makes sense to me...

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Tamara M Wright : You don't need Bernie -- just give all your stuff to the federal government.

    • Tamara M Wright profile image

      TM Wright 

      3 years ago from U.S.

      I am incredibly excited about this election. I see hope for the first time in years. Go Bernie Go.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Prepper, you certainly 'got' me. Fortunately I have sufficient thickness of skin to not report you to HubPages admins for giving be a mental boo boo.

      Indeed, 9-11 was the work of George Bush and Vannevar Bush and Dick Cheney's barber's dog-walker.

    • Sgt Prepper profile image

      Gunny Cracker 

      3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

      I did it again. I actually got supposedly intelligent people to question whether "gullible" was in the dictionary. That old joke never gets old. My guess is you people don't realize also that we are facing the intentional crash of the dollar & martial-law. Please open your eyes! Kenyan-born Obama IS The Antichrist and Pope Francis is his False Prophet.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "It is an insult just like if someone were to call nicomp a nincompoop (a foolish or stupid person)."

      Yes, that would crush my soul. I don't know if I would ever recover from such a devastating denigration.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Hey, Prepper. I Googled gullible and it's there.

      dictionary.reference.com/browse/gullible

      www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gullible

      Them are dictionaries. Of the English language.

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Google says about gullible-- "easily persuaded to believe something; credulous."

      Merrium-Webster says "easily fooled or cheated; especially : quick to believe something that is not true."

      It is an insult just like if someone were to call nicomp a nincompoop (a foolish or stupid person).

    • Sgt Prepper profile image

      Gunny Cracker 

      3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

      That word "gullible" you people keep throwing around cannot be found in ANY dictionary of the English language.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Saying "anyone buying into what Bernie Sanders shovels should be locked in a room with Trotsky" is slander against everyone that agrees with Sanders"

      I can't even begin to tell you how much that's not slander.

      I would think that you, as a Trotskyite, would enjoy being locked in a room with him. I didn't mean the dead smelly Leon Trotsky of 2015. I meant the live smelly Leon Trotsky of 1917.

      Chuck, you need to get out more. Have a catch, go fishing. Enjoy the song birds in your neighborhood, unless central planning has killed them all.

      " Also if you say that you do no agree with what Bernie Sanders says, that is not slander. That is a statement about you." -- Chuck, we do agree on that point. It says I am not a selfish narrow-minded uninformed liberal who thinks he knows what's best for everyone else.

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      "which you obviously read and plagiarized." Obviously you do not know what plagiarism is." I clearly said that you wrote it."

      Plagiarism-- "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

      Slander-- "the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation."

      So you are committing slander on HubPages.

      Slander--"n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit. Damages (payoff for worth) for slander may be limited to actual (special) damages unless there is malicious intent, since such damages are usually difficult to specify and harder to prove.

      I clearly state at the beginning that you should not be making statements about a person on this forum, only about an issue. Also if you say that you do no agree with what Bernie Sanders says, that is not slander. That is a statement about you.

      Saying "anyone buying into what Bernie Sanders shovels should be locked in a room with Trotsky" is slander against everyone that agrees with Sanders. Of course above it is more directed at me. I am not a lawyer so I cannot give legal advice. Consult a lawyer for more information on the above. Maybe I should just tell HubPages instead of explaining it to you.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Chuck, I am guilty as charged. 4 long years ago I gave an uninformed liberal a verbal boo boo and she went running to Big Hub. They smacked me down for three days. All I got out of it was another hub, which you obviously read and plagiarized. Oh, and I never went back to forums 'cause there's no money there.

      Back to the subject at hand: anyone buying into what Bernie Sanders shovels should be locked in a room with Trotsky. It's Daily Show 101 nonsense designed to pander to the gullible, the uninformed, and the lazy.

      OK?

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Nicomp,

      I am not going to write about you. I will just quote something that you have written about yourself since it is interesting. Many people that get out of prison go back to it. You wrote:

      "OK, So I got Banned

      Logged on to HubPages this morning, checked HubTivity, zeroed in on a request for help from a fellow hubber. Clicked on Reply;

      Sorry, you are not allowed to make forum posts.

      Contact team@hubpages.com if you have any questions.

      Here's the boilerplate email that I received:

      We regret to inform you that you have been banned from the HubPages

      forums for a period of 3 days. This is because of personal attacks,

      which are against our Terms Of Service, and make the HubPages forums a

      hostile and unfriendly place. We appreciate your understanding, and

      want you to know that you are not being singled out -- other people

      are being banned as well."

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      OK:

      "Wow you demonstrate a propensity for believing that which has been historically demonstrated to be patently false."

      Better?

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      "We've had 8 years of massive hope." That is from President Obama. Bernie Sanders voted against war with Iraq. He is against war since we need that money. So how much is Obama spending on war in 2015? Any clues? It is $600 billion.

      https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/milit...

      No need for personal insults that may violate the policy of HubPages. You said "Wow you're gullible." You should be talking about the subject not the person saying it.

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      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      " Sanders does care about others including his 4 children and 7 grandchildren."

      Wow you're gullible.

      " We need one that will make a massive change."

      We've had 8 years of massive hope and change. And the national debt has increased more since 2008 than it did in the first 43 presidents *combined* .

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      Chuck Bluestein 

      3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I do not think that it is a matter of others learning from Sanders. Most people that get into politics today want more money and power for themselves. They do not care about others. Sanders does care about others including his 4 children and 7 grandchildren. He mentioned them in a speech giving him motivation to improve things.

      Also a newscaster said that a poll showed that Americans under 35 identified more with socialism than capitalism. I looked up socialism and it had a temporary announcement that said "Socialism is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 10th most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com."

      Today people know that the U.S. is in serious trouble and a conservative candidate will not help. We need one that will make a massive change.

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      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      10000 socialists in Madison, Wisconsin are in no way indicative of the entire country or even the entire state.

      Remember that Scott Walker won the state.

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      Gunny Cracker 

      3 years ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Birther Trump reminds me a LOT of wise King Solomon.

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      Judy 

      3 years ago

      If its about honesty and integrity rather than money and who can buy who, Bernie Sanders will win. Hopefully, the American people will see this over their hate, prejudice and greed. We need a leader in the future who will stand up and fight and move this country forward. Obama did his best, but the prejudice and hatred of many people in this country slowed him down. He made a dent, but Bernie Sanders can take it forward and maybe save this country from itself. He has my vote.

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      Djennfree 

      3 years ago

      In 40+ years, Bernie Sanders is the first candidate I've ever been excited about. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but it would be amazing if he won! Also, I am female and I can't stand Hillary Clinton. I hope women don't vote for her just because of her gender. Diversity on the Oval Office is important, but not if it means more of the same billionaire BS, which I believe it will in her case.

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      reeblite 

      3 years ago

      i'm a huge bernie sanders fan. sorry, but republicans will fear monger their way over bernie with russia and the middle east and his lack of foreign policy. on the other hand, a clinton/sanders ticket will destroy the republicans. they're petrified of her. some of bernie's fans are so dedicated, they'll vote republican or not vote at all if they don't have their way, and that will be detrimental to winning the election, but, they still will. this is my prediction, and i'm sticking with it,....for now.

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      Jerry Thomas 

      3 years ago

      When it comes to the two major issues in this election (1) Getting money out of politics and (2) Income Inequality -- there is only one person who has the integrity and the expertise necessary to resolved these important issues and that one person is Bernie Sanders !

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