Bernie appeals to those who feel displaced and left out, and want Washington upended. Sanders’ goals are aspirational as Trump’s are. Did anyone believe the promise that Mexico would pay for a wall?
With 150 million people on private health plans, including millions of municipal workers, Medicare For All is, at least in the near term, a pipe dream. What Sanders would accomplish is basically what any other candidate would be able to do: tinker with Obamacare.
Sanders’ most compelling quality is his gift to connect with people, particularly young voters, with whom he enjoys enormous support. As one local thirty-something told the Sun, “He is honest and speaks to me.” In 2016, Sanders got the lion’s share of New Hampshire Primary voters, and then the Clinton machine crushed him, and Trump won. Unless voters open their minds and hearts and listen like a 30-year old, Trump could win again.