Brent Budowsky: Young people and many independents and others support Sanders because he believes in the power and nobility of the dream, while cynics claim those dreams are “naive” and “unrealistic” and should be abandoned before the battle to make them come true has even begun.
Robert Borosage: Sanders is providing the first clear, forceful, populist message and agenda that these younger voters have heard, focused on how our corrupted politics and rigged economy keep us from building a decent, vibrant country of opportunity.
Randy Shaw: The best news for Sanders and the Democratic Party is that his Iowa finish ensures a long, competitive race. How Bernie Won
Dwight Albee: Here on the Iowa caucus floor in Bremer County, a largely rural county with the largest city being Waverly with a population of nearly 9,000, the caucus started late and was somewhat less than well organized.
Robert Reich: “The real world we’re living in” right now won’t allow fundamental change of the sort we need. It takes a movement.
Berry Craig: “She has “a warmongering attitude, an undisguised hunger for power and a smug sense of entitlement that it’s her turn and that we owe it to her to put her in office.”
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If there were some profound theoretical rationale for why Iowa should go first then maybe I could be persuaded to overlook the state’s complete lack of demographic representation.
Robert Nelson: Hillary Clinton will be masquerading as her progressive opponent Bernie Sanders in the first major electoral event of the presidential nominating process.
Brent Budowsky: What the insider Washington Democratic establishment fails to understand is that the issues Sanders raises have great appeal to the broad nation.
Lila Garrett: Sure, let Trump keep pulling stuff out of his bag of infantile tricks. Just as long as we remember that, beneath his fun and games, there’s a rock solid bigot who’s sees Mexicans, Muslims, and blacks as the enemy.
Brent Budowsky: Numerous polls suggest Trump’s politics of perpetual insults have created negative ratings so high among general election voters that both Clinton and Sanders could defeat him by epic landslide margins.
Murray Polner: Bernie’s now-familiar answer is that Washington has become so corrupted by money, patronage, and special interest groups that no serious reforms can be made unless people rise up as they did in the civil rights, gay and women’s movements and say, Enough!
Robert Reich: Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.