If you compare Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, you’ll find many differences. Those differences convince me that Bernie is the most viable, electable and strongest candidate either political party can put out there this year.
Anyone steeped in the media narrative of the electoral cycle might ask how America could entrust leadership of selecting the next Supreme Court nominee and treading the waters of political division and partisanship to a sweater-wearing 74-year-old claiming to be spearheading a “political revolution”.
Like Mr. Obama, Bernie is campaigning as a change candidate. However, Mr. Obama’s breakaway success was limited by the unprecedented nature of his candidacy. Much of his rhetoric — and presidency — were muted by the realities of the American political process.
Mr. Sanders uses terms like “socialism” freely; he loudly and repeatedly calls out bankers for ruining the economy for everyone; he abstains from super PACs, something Mr. Obama did not do to win his re-election in 2012.
In essence, Mr. Obama represents the culmination and capstone to the outgoing political system.
Mr. Sanders — paradoxically the older of the two — represents a different political system. He is a “change candidate” who walks the walk. He not only criticizes political spending by shadowy corporations, he refuses such donations outright.
Mr. Sanders is the natural next step in the evolutionary process of participatory democracy and a general shift to concerns about inequality, stagnation and economic and political crisis.
As one black Charleston resident said, “Mr. Obama brought us here, and Bernie can bring us [a bit higher].” I tend to support this view of things.
And if New Hampshire is any sign, the nation seems to be “feeling the Bern.”
S. Morris Street