It's Official: Bernie Sanders is the Most Popular 2016 Presidential Candidate. Tell Me Again Why He Can't Win?
Bernie Sanders Draws 10,000 Supporters in Wisconsin
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.