Senator Sanders' Influence Following the Nomination
Putting progressive ideas where they will count.
It is no secret that MeanMesa has "dared to dream" during the Sanders campaign, but it is now time to face facts. We've pretty clearly lost another election. Ms. Clinton is set to "test her sword" in the contest with Trump, and facing the odds for her victory in November is already plenty intimidating.
It is as if every Democratic Party strategist has intentionally ignored the polling which shows the prospect of Sanders defeating the GOP higher than the prospect of Hillary accomplishing it. While this is hair raising -- not to mention agonizingly painful, it is entirely consistent with the dangerously out of date, cynical Democratic Party machine with which we have become so comfortably accustomed.
At the beginning of the Sanders campaign the hackneyed simile of the media "mouth junk experts" was that Sanders' influence would move Hillary to the left. That happened to a certain extent, but now, as Clinton's nomination victory looks imminent, the conversation has migrated to speculation about Sanders' influence at the convention and beyond.
The Senator has amassed an impressive number of votes and delegates. These will provide significant inertia for his efforts to direct the Democratic Party platform in progressive directions, but MeanMesa remains unimpressed with the possibility that this alone will actually change much. Party platforms rapidly take the role of seedy living room furniture quickly hidden under an old Persian rug when company is expected.
"That couch was in Aunt Martha's apartment before she moved into assisted living.
She had cats."
Sanders has big plans for using the political inertia he's garnered during his campaign. In fact MeanMesa, considering these proposals, has a strangely optimistic sensation. Yes, expectations for the second Clinton Presidency may be as seedy as Aunt Martha's couch, but this is a true exception amid what will probably be the vastly uninspiring equilibrium of President "not Trump."
Take a few minutes to read through this article from American Prospect. [The entire article is presented here. The site is labeled American Prospect [Long form]. It is a bit long for SHORT CURRENT ESSAYS, but it is well worth the time required to read through it. Visit the original five-point-plan-sanders. All photographs are from the original article.]
A Five-Point Plan for Sanders
Bernie Sanders supporters are still convinced that he can win the Democratic nomination, but at this point they would do better to help him build a progressive legacy.
May 25, 2016
When Bernie Sanders announced a year ago that he was running for president, few of his supporters—and probably not even Sanders himself—expected that he would actually win. It appeared that Sanders, like his hero Eugene Debs—who ran for president five times in the early 1900s on the Socialist Party ticket—was running mainly to inject progressive issues into the national debate and to help build a movement for radical change.
|Bernie Sanders speaks to young people at Creative Visions,|
an organization founded by former Des Moines School Board
member and current State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad.