Opinion

Why the Sanders Campaign Matters

sandersBernie Sanders has quite the fan base.

The Hill reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders drew 10,000 supporters, the largest crowd of his campaign thus far, according to reports.

“Tonight, we have more people at any meeting for a candidate of president of the United States than any other candidate,” Sanders told his fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis., according to the Associated Press.

This doesn’t surprise me in the least. For years, I’ve been hearing from my far-left friends that Sanders is their number one (Elizabeth Warren isn’t far behind). Academics, in particular, adore the unapologetic socialist who openly advocates for wealth redistribution and seeks equality of outcomes rather than equality of opportunity.

So, why is Sanders drawing such big crowds?

First off, many on the far left can’t stand Hillary. Some will vote for her if they have to (while biting their tongues), others will write in Sanders no matter what…or stay home altogether.

Also, Sanders stands for something. I find his rhetoric absurd and his policies laughable, but I absolutely believe that he believes what he’s saying. There’s an authenticity there that Hillary lacks.

But what does it say about the electorate?

I’m really curious to see how well Sanders does. Because if wealth demonization, overspending, and taxing the hell out of people who have the nerve to succeed is a successful selling point among a good portion of Americans, we’re in trouble. Big trouble. But it’s valuable information.

So, keep your eye on Sanders. Because even if he loses significantly to Hillary, the size and strength of his fan base may be quite telling about where the voting public stands and what their mindset looks like.

And one message to GOP candidates: being real matters. Lose the talking points. If the public doesn’t believe that you believe what you’re saying, you won’t have a shot.

Jedediah Bila is a Fox News host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.


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PaulE
7 years ago

Well it looks like I was unfortunately right. This article, for whatever reason, did not make the cut for this weekend’s AMAC newsletter. That’s a shame.

Ivan Berry
7 years ago

Jedediah, remember the term “reciprocal plunder?” To get an idea about my take on what is transpiring, see the article about wealth inequality as viewed by Mr. Weber and the long comment I provided. The number being drawn to socialism is growing. Recriprocal plunder may be one, if not the greatest, cause. Of course, ignorance helps.

PaulO
7 years ago

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So Bernie’s a bit left of the fascist wing of the GOP party …… and you find that “absurd and laughable”?

Rik
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Hey BuckO, WE Conservatives call those Republicans “rinos” … As in “Republicans in name only” because they’re really Marxists, sent undercover, to help today’s Democratic Party to destroy our traditional American values. You won’t be so pompous when the next President will be a Conservative to undue and rollback Obama’s Marxist agenda! … By the way, you look niiiice in your new Rainbow colors!

PaulO
7 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Hi rik,
I never knew if anyone bothered to read my stuff. But now I know that you do.
You inspire me to write more, thanks.
See you next week with another post.

Ryan
7 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Oh Rik, it’s always a classic to couple senseless paranoia with subtle homophobic jabs, and you do it so well.

HAM
7 years ago

Hillary’s campaign has been lackluster. She avoids issues and her “people” know she does not have the charisma but Democrats WILL vote for her because as Dig the Bounty Hunter said, you get her AND Bill, 2 for 1. The Dems really just want Bill and know voting for her will be as close as they can get.

It doesn’t matter which one is the party’s candidate, either will be equally bad for the country. They both owe their souls to the far left money people (the ones who attended the private meeting in Chicago and the attendee’s id’s were secret). Was that followed up on and I just missed it? It doesn’t really matter what the “candidate” is for or against, the platform will be decided by these money people and you can bet it is going to be a far left Marxist/Socialist agenda. They are poised to finish off what they started when they put their “groomed” Obama into office. It really doesn’t matter who the figurehead is though I am sure they would prefer a female to lure other females to vote because they think it’s going to help their agenda. We all know the Dems have been courting Hispanics, females and gays. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that strategy.

Unfortunately, conservatives have been asleep at the wheel. The conservative candidate needs to be very strong and capable of overcoming AND meeting headon the onslaught by the liberal media which is just waiting in the wings to viciously attack.

HAM
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Sorry, that should have read DOG the Bounty Hunter. He made the statement when he was a guest on Fox’s “Outnumbered”. I don’t put a lot of credence on his opinions but this may be what a lot of people are thinking.

Steven
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Dog the Bounty Hunter is another mindless conservative whose comments lack specificity and substance.
Kinda like your comments HAM.

HAM
7 years ago
Reply to  Steven

I agree with you Steven, Dog CLAIMS to be a conservative and I too think he is mindless, because he said he would vote for Hillary for that reason. Have a nice day.

Ryan
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

C’mon Ham, now I have an unshakeable image of Bernie Sanders sitting across from George Lopez, Beyoncé, and Neil Patrick Harris trying to gain their support over wine.

elrod hendrix
7 years ago

No comment. yet. Just a severe fan.

PaulE
7 years ago

Jedediah,

In your article you state “I’m really curious to see how well Sanders does. Because if wealth demonization, overspending, and taxing the hell out of people who have the nerve to succeed is a successful selling point among a good portion of Americans, we’re in trouble. Big trouble. But it’s valuable information.” The increasing size of crowds at Bernie Sanders’ events are effectively signaling that a growing percentage of the population however not yet the majority, have not only been successfully conditioned to accept his ludicrous and dangerous socialist positions as viable and worth enacting, but to view them as actually preferable to capitalism. Make no mistake about it. We are already at what I would consider the “big trouble” point in this country. A growing percentage of Americans have bought into the fantasy Utopian vision of socialism hook, line and sinker. This is especially true in the vast majority of the 40 and under crowd, who have been continuously inundated with socialist propaganda, via the mainstream media and a complicit public education system, all their lives. Many have effectively been trained to be just like Pavlov’s dog. To reflexively accept these ludicrous socialist values as not only correct, but superior to virtually everything this country was founded on.

I realize that this article probably won’t end up in this weekend’s edition of the AMAC newsletter, which is a shame. For whatever reason, AMAC seems focused on just one or two issues to the exclusion of all else. However, I just wanted to let you know that there are AMAC members who actually value and appreciate your article each week. Enjoy the Fourth.

Ryan
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hey, Pavlov’s dog was one smart s.o.b.

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