[NATIONALREVIEW] Elizabeth |
Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
is rising in the polls. In a recent Quinnipiac survey, she even topped Joe
Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
. In the past month, she has held steady at 23 percent in an average of the polls that qualify a candidate for the debate stage, reflecting a five-point climb after the last debate, and putting her just a few ticks behind Biden.
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Parallel with Warren’s rise is another phenomenon: Bernie Sanders
only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around...
is sinking, slowly.
For much of the race so far, there has been a debate about whether Warren or Sanders would begin consolidating support among voters in the social-democratic "lane" that stood the best chance of producing a viable rival to Biden. We may now be seeing the first signs of an answer to that question. As Biden has come down a little of late, Sanders has not reaped the benefits. He has begun to slide even in polls of New Hampshire, where the recognition he earned in 2016 and his prominence as a senator from neighboring Vermont should be a boon to his chances.
That Sanders is tumbling this early is a very distressing sign for his campaign. But if this is the beginning of the end for him, it’s not too early to note that he has had a profound effect on our politics.
Consider that in 2008, when there was a crowd of Democratic candidates, merely suggesting the addition of a "public option" health-insurance plan was still considered a risky step to the left, the land of Dennis Kucinich
...far lefty representative-for-life from Ohio, the former mayor of Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
and Mike Gravel. Now, a majority of Democratic candidates for president support some version of "Medicare for All," the policy that Sanders memorably championed.
In fact, one could say that Sanders himself represented a delayed Democratic backlash to the financial crisis that discredited so many elites. His 2016 candidacy was the Tea Party and the Trump movement of the left, the throbbing middle finger hurled at a failed establishment.
He also has made the most convincing bid to come up with a new foreign-policy paradigm for his party, trying to connect the cause of social-democratic politics to anti-authoritarianism. It’s not enough to convince a conservative like me, of course. But it cleverly unites natural Sanders allies on one side and conservative nationalists on the other one.
Even if his campaign goes into slow fade, Sanders has dramatically changed the Democratic party. By being a consistent champion of the social-democratic vision that has defined his career, and then challenging the corrupt establishment candidacy of
Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as
the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
, he managed to excite left-wing activists and pull the party in his direction. This was helped by the fact that Clinton lost, giving his candidacy a doomed "what if" romance it might not otherwise have. "Bernie would have won" will be a war cry forever on the left. His candidacy is a powerful testament to the way democratic politics is supposed to work.
For better or worse, we may look back soon and say that he was the morning star of Warren-style government.