A New Electorate: Can Bernie Sanders alter the course of the Democratic Party?

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      I’m putting this excellent Ryan Grim story from The Intercept in the reading room because it is quite long. Grim describes in detail just how the Bernie Sanders campaign is trying to expand the electorate by bringing in new and lapsed voters. It looks effective, just may work, and is the best hope of Bernie winning the nomination and the White House.

      This story is loaded with good observations about the current condition of the Democratic Party as well.

      I selected four paragraphs from near the middle of the article, which has a couple of vignettes about some of Bernie’s individual volunteers:

      Sanders picked up on her theme. “Alexandria a few minutes ago made the point, and I want to make it again,” he said. “There are a whole lot of folks out there who have given up. You know them. Some of you are in this room — given up on the political process, my vote doesn’t mean anything, politics is bullshit. Why do I wanna vote?”

      He said that when they leave and tell friends they went to a Bernie Sanders rally, they should be ready for them to wonder why they bothered. “Why’d you waste your time getting involved in that stuff? You explain to them you’re sick and tired. Tell them to stop complaining and get involved in the political process.”

      If they do, he said, they can win. “The truth is we can win this election if we have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country,” he said. “We are strong in Iowa, we are strong in New Hampshire, we can win here in Nevada, I believe we’re going to win in California, do very well in South Carolina. We can win this Democratic nomination, but we can’t do it without increased involvement in the political process.”

      Increasing the size of the electorate, said Sanders, is everything. “On caucus night, turn on the TV early, and if the moderator tells you there’s a large voter turn out, we win. If they tell you there’s a low voter turnout, we lose. It’s really as simple as that.”

       

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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