Brent Budowsky: In politics, a dream merchant is a candidate who sells a big idea about what America can be, offers big proposals that could make it happen, and campaigns with a sincerity and passion that voters believe is real, true and appealing. Bernie Sanders Dream
Robert Borosage: Indiana shows that the Sanders campaign still has juice. Eleven primary contests remain; millions of voters have yet to vote, Sanders is still drawing big crowds, driving the debate and, as Indiana showed, can still win primaries and pick up delegates.
Dick Price: Bernie Sanders is precisely the kind of populist insurgent the superdelegate system was intended to contain—an older, small-state senator with a Brooklyn accent and thinning hair, not even really a Democrat.
Walter Moss: In a fitting irony for our mixed-up, topsy-turvey political season, the Jewish Bernie Sanders praises the Catholic papal positions on capitalism, while the Republican Speaker of the House, the Catholic Paul Ryan, is much more influenced by the free-market philosophy of Friedman and Hayek. Bernie Sanders Moral Economy
Berry Craig: It’s hardly headline-grabbing news that the white South is conservative, if not reactionary. But Sanders ought to know better than to insinuate that the Democrats are shoving the region ever rightward.
Bill Fletcher Jr.: When most progressives think about electoral politics they think less about strategy and more about a particular candidacy or set of candidacies, more often than not candidacies that have not emerged out of the progressive movements.”
Robert Nelson: Some might argue that tuition free higher education was gutted by short-sighted public university administrators of the 1960s who could not pass up cheap loan money. Others point to the avarice and greed of our under-regulated banks. Free College Tuition Plan
Bernie Sanders: At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.
Robert Borosage: Contrary to the hand wringing of pundits, it isn’t the personal distemper that will make unity difficult in the fall. It is significant differences on policy, direction and strategy.
Peter Laarman: Now we have another total insurgent who has somehow slipped through the cracks and is depriving the party establishment of a good night’s sleep. And all that the party establishment is able to say, with an increasing degree of arrogance, is that the “math” ensures that the insurgent will never be nominated.
Robert Borosage: Wisconsin voters reflected the attitudes that have largely defined this race. Those most concerned about honesty and trustworthiness or a candidate who cares about “people like me” went for Sanders.
But in arguing for healthcare for all, for free college education, and for taking on income inequality, Sanders puts us in mind of John F. Kennedy calling for America to put a man on the moon, a bodacious project that united and elevated our country, and not asking that we settle for miniscule incremental change so we can say we’re making “progress.”
Ernest Canning: Bernie is the only person out there who is talking about those fiscal stimulations and banking rules that will get the banks lending.