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Sanders Is Not Another McGovern. I Know! I Worked on McGovern's Campaign (Stephen Zunes, Ph.D. Cornell)

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Remembering McGovern, WWII Hero, Politician A longtime Democratic legislator from South Dakota and a three-time presidential candidate, George McGovern was a proud liberal well-known for his vehement ...
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Unelectability arguments come from conservative anti-Trump pundits and Democrats who don’t want a left-leaning president. Those fearing Republicans insisting Sanders is a “socialist” and equate his policy positions with Soviet-style Communism should remember that Republicans apply such labels and worse toward any Democrat, even in situations where the tactic is ludicrous. Republican attacks are going to be vicious and dishonest whoever is nominated.

Democratic victory comes within reach if Democrats mobilize higher turnout among youth, people of color, and other left-leaning Democrats and independents who stayed home or voted third party in 2016. Sanders has demonstrated he can do this in increasing youth turnout in the primaries and building a multiracial coalition. To win in the general election, Democrats need to beat Republicans in the enthusiasm gap.

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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the (more...)

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