Bernie Sanders is the Democrats’ real 2020 frontrunner. I could not resist the headline. It has nothing to do with the fact that some people think I look like Bernie Sanders. After all, we are about the same age.
Most of the political class is ignoring the elephant in the room. Bernie Sanders is, by some measures the most popular politician in America, by far Democrats’ most in-demand public speaker, and the most prolific grassroots fundraiser in American history.
Sanders is building his team, is quietly moderating, has a clear message is the point of the article.
His primary season demands to break up large banks, ban hydraulic fracturing nationwide, and impose a carbon tax are gone from the agenda. In the wake of the success of “Bernie Would Have Won” as a slogan, Sanders has deeply engaged his base using Medicare-for-all while reconfiguring other elements of his platform into something more moderate than the one he actually ran on and for which a much stronger electability argument can be made.
Is he too old? "Is Pope Francis too old?" would be my response.
If not him, who? NCR had an interesting article that might help us think about this
New Orleans Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Under Mayor Landrieu. I was attracted to this article mainly because it was by Jason Berry. You might call it a "profile in courage" article to borrow Kennedy's book title. Could Landrieu be another "take on the establishment" candidate?