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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:37 PM

 

Hillary Clinton would almost certainly govern to the right of President Obama



Bernie Sanders could be the next Ronald Reagan

Believe it or not, the democratic socialist from Vermont could be a game-changer for American politics
By Conor Lynch


While President Obama is certainly historic in being the first African American president, he has not ushered in any kind of paradigm shift, as Roosevelt and Reagan did before him. Sadly, we are still living in a broadly neoliberal, pro-capital country and world, and Obama has governed only slightly to the left of Bill Clinton. And, while Hillary Clinton has attempted to promote herself as a pragmatic populist, one would have to be awfully uninformed to expect any kind of political transformation with her at the helm. Clinton is more of a poll-driven political realist than Obama, without much of a discernible ideology, and would almost certainly govern to the right of our current president.

So it is that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) is the only current presidential candidate who could potentially bring Reagan-style transformation if elected. Like Reagan, Sanders has a central vision, with policy ideas that wouldn’t stand a chance of passing in our current Congress. His goal is to bring forth a “political revolution,” just as Reagan did. When Reagan ran for president, he captured the vote of many former Democrats — namely, Reagan Democrats. Today, Sanders wants to recapture their vote. And, like Reagan, the idea of Sanders becoming president was “inconceivable” to the establishment not too long ago. For many, it still is.

The similarities don’t stop there. Reagan was one of the most personally liked presidents in recent history, and Sanders has the best favorability and trustworthy ratings of all the current presidential candidates, Democrat or Republican. He has a stubborn passion that Reagan once brought to the White House, though on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Of course, the fact that Sanders would overtake Reagan as the oldest president-elect in history is purely coincidental.

One could argue that, if Sanders was elected president, he would inevitably disappoint, just like Obama. But he is a fundamentally different kind of politician. He is personally more like Reagan than Obama. And the differences don’t end with personality; perhaps one of the biggest difference between Obama 2008 and Sanders 2016 is that Obama’s largest contributor was Goldman Sachs, while the average donation to the Sanders campaign is about $27. Sanders believes in moral leadership, which starts with refusing to play by the current set of rules, where special interests hold politicians hostage. If that is not a sign of a transformative leadership, I don’t know what is.

See the full article at:

http://www.salon.com/2016/01/25/bernie_sanders_could_be_the_next_ronald_reagan/









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Reply Hillary Clinton would almost certainly govern to the right of President Obama (Original post)
imagine2015 Mar 2016 OP
cosmicone Mar 2016 #1
imagine2015 Mar 2016 #3
cosmicone Mar 2016 #7
pangaia Mar 2016 #12
basselope Mar 2016 #5
Name removed Mar 2016 #11
cosmicone Mar 2016 #13
Name removed Mar 2016 #14
imagine2015 Mar 2016 #15
JaneyVee Mar 2016 #2
imagine2015 Mar 2016 #16
VulgarPoet Mar 2016 #4
stillwaiting Mar 2016 #6
BeyondGeography Mar 2016 #8
djean111 Mar 2016 #9
veronique25 Mar 2016 #10

Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:41 PM

1. I'd like to borrow your crystal ball

 

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:46 PM

3. It doesn't take that to understand Hillary's politics. Just follow her career and read her speeches

 


.... except the ones given to her Wall Street benefactors.

She doesn't want you to read those.

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Response to imagine2015 (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:50 PM

7. Bernie is running to get a better position in the speech circuit

 

so he can get 5 figure fees instead of the usual 27.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 06:31 PM

12. Fucking BULL SHIT !!!!!!!!



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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:49 PM

5. Hardly need a crystal ball to figure this out.

 

Just a TINY bit of common sense.

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 06:34 PM

13. Thank you low post count person

 

Welcome to DU and enjoy your stay here as long or short it might be.

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Thu Mar 24, 2016, 07:37 PM

15. Nothing. Welcome to Democratic Underground!

 

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:46 PM

2. Salon is Bernie propaganda.

 

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 07:38 PM

16. You mean it's a liberal and progressive website? Why that's awful!

 

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:48 PM

4. But we're not allowed to point that out for fear of being called misogynists. nt

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:50 PM

6. Bernie Sanders would put an end to the Reagan Revolution.

HRC would not.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:56 PM

8. Too bad he has taken the voice in the wilderness route

I don't disagree on the potential transformational impact of Sanders' anti-corruption message, but his late-to-the-party approach is all the excuse the establishment needs to attempt to push him to the margins at this point in time.

You couldn't say that about Reagan in 1980. There was no confusion over his party ID, he had been governor of the biggest state in the country and he had delivered the most memorable speeches of both the 1964 and 1976 GOP conventions.

Bernie is both too old and too unconnected from the party machinery to be the next Reagan. There could be a Son or Daughter of Bernie who does it though. Hopefully in the not too distant future.

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Response to imagine2015 (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 05:56 PM

9. I would rather be disappointed by Bernie than unpleasantly surprised by Hillary.

 

Although I doubt that would be a surprise, from Hillary.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 06:22 PM

10. michelangelo agrees

 

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."

-- Michelangelo

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