Michael T. Hertz: Bernie, Tulsi and Liz should join forces in the fight to get a progressive candidate. They should understand that only one of them can get the Democratic nomination, and they should be comfortable in backing one of the others if need be.
Marc Cooper: I am not sure what non or anti-Bernie Dems are all upset about just because the most popular candidate in their field has officially declared.
Robert Reich: Bernie helped reveal a new and deeper political divide in America – between oligarchy and democracy. Rather than the size of government, he raised the more central question of who government is for.
Norman Solomon: Bernie Sanders represents a different approach to the root causes of—and possible solutions to—extreme economic inequality, systemic injustice and a dire shortage of democracy.
Robert Reich: He could be a spoiler in 2020, splitting the vote and putting Trump back in the White House. Even Bill Burton, a former Obama adviser who has joined the Schultz team, publicly warned against third-party voting in 2016.
Michael T. Hertz: The unfortunate things is that Sanders, Warren, Gabbard, and Brown risk drawing votes away from one another, opening the race to a more conservative Democrat. So what to do?
Cesar Armendariz: The problem with the ADEM elections is that, historically, the candidates have been politicians and members of their inner circles.
Jasmyne Cannick: I believe that California’s Democratic Party is in the middle of a morals and values crisis. Our Party no longer reflects the interests of the people it serves and many of its members are disillusioned.
Johnny Townsend: Moderate Democrats are not the wave of the future. If you haven’t understood that yet, then Trump winning a second term is on you, not me.
Anastasia Bernoulli: If the Republicans give you Donald Trump or Mike Pence, and the Democrats give you Beto O’Rourke or Joe Biden, are you really about to tell me that the latter two are not vastly superior to the former?
Julianne Malveaux: The issue should not be one of who is the most sensational, but who has the most focused program, and the basis of the Democratic program must be economic justice for working Americans.
James Haught: Americans who say their religion is “none” have climbed to one-fourth of the population, but they were only 17 percent of voters this year. Skeptic-agnostic-disinterested folks apparently shun politics along with church worship.
Brent Budowsky: Much of the insider political community has fallen victim to the misleading cliche that Democrats must not move “too far to the left.”