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By offering, in other words, the 2020 version of Bernie Sanders.
JW: How can we defeat this phenomenon once and for all? Don't we need a progressive like a Bernie Sanders who would raise the minimum wage, make college tuition-free, bring Medicare for all -- and actually make life better for ordinary middle- and working-class people?"The real thing would beat the fake." In 2016 Republicans offered a fake populist, and the Democrats offered a fake Republican. In that contest of fakes, the populist won ... barely. The first party to offer a real populist to the same electorate will sweep into office with a mandate.
TF: Yes. I don't want to put any proper names on it, like a certain senator from Vermont, but the bottom line is this: If the economy booms and wages go up, it's going to be hard to beat Trump in three years. The Democrats cannot stick with the Clinton and Obama approach where you identify yourself with what I like to call the ideology of the 1990s, the "catechism of tech, bank, and globe," as I say in the article. There's really only one set of successful politics for an age like this one: It's the politics that we identify with the party of Lyndon Johnson, the party of the New Deal. What Trump has offered is a kind of weird replica of that. But as I have said many times, the real thing would beat the fake.