Despite the crowds of devoted followers who show up at his campaign events, not everyone on the left is convinced that Bernie Sanders could close the deal with America, should he somehow beat the Clinton machine.
Bernie’s biggest problem, according to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, is the way Sanders describes himself in political terms:
Why Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be president, in five words
Here’s an exchange from Bernie Sanders’s appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday:
CHUCK TODD: Are you a capitalist?
@BernieSanders: No. I'm a Democratic Socialist.
— Meet the Press (@meetthepress) October 11, 2015
And, in those five words, Sanders showed why — no matter how much energy there is for him on the liberal left — he isn’t getting elected president.
Why? Because Democrat or Republican (or independent), capitalism remains a pretty popular concept — especially when compared to socialism. A 2011 Pew Research Center survey showed that 50 percent of people had a favorable view of capitalism, while 40 percent had an unfavorable one. Of socialism, just three in 10 had a positive opinion, while 61 percent saw it in a negative light.
Here’s a video of the moment on Meet the Press, via The Gateway Pundit:
Progressive activists who love Bernie will reject all of this. They’re convinced that Sanders will lead them to a utopia of economic equality and social justice.
Our old pal DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn’t seem quite so sure about that.
Blake Seitz of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
DNC Chair Won’t Say if Bernie Sanders is Electable
The s-word is back to haunt Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.). The DNC chair wouldn’t say on Sunday if Bernie Sanders would be able to win in a general election given his socialist views.
Twice Wasserman Schultz was asked about Sanders’ electability on CNN’s State of the Union, and twice she ducked the question to bash Republican presidential candidates for holding what she says are extreme views.
Watch Debbie squirm:
It’ll be fascinating to see how this is handled in the debate tonight.
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