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Fresh from his win in New Hampshire, it's now clear that whether or not Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination outright, he's already won in another, perhaps more important way: His brand of politics is the future of the Democratic Party.
Sanders is the overwhelming choice of young voters, scoring a staggering 84 percent of voters under 30 in the Iowa caucuses and projected to do better in New Hampshire.
Any young and ambitious Democrat looking at the demographics of the party and the demographics of Sanders supporters has to conclude that his brand of politics is extremely promising for the future. There are racial and demographic gaps between Clinton and Sanders supporters, but the overwhelming reality is that for all groups, the young people are feeling the Bern.
Whether the first Sanders-style nominee is Sanders himself or Elizabeth Warren or someone like a Tammy Baldwin or a Keith Ellison doesn't matter. What's clear is that there's robust demand among Democrats — especially the next generation of Democrats — to remake the party along more ideological, more social democratic lines, and party leaders are going to have to answer that demand or get steamrolled.
Well I have to say that I am certainly on board for a more Left leaning Democratic party.
However I am also a pragmatist, and I know that the most important thing to do is win elections.
If we are to move the party, and by extension the country, to the Left, we are going to have to do it incrementally and not expect one big election to get us there overnight.
And let's not forget that while the youth of America is pushing the Democratic party to the Left, that the base of the Republican party is pushing it toward the Right.
Sure most of that base is either sucking oxygen out of tanks while watching Fox News on the TV, or clogging their arteries with pork rinds and washing them down with cheap beer while listening to Right Wing talk radio, but they are still going to cling to life for a few more election cycles, so Democrats are going to have to play the long game.
Besides revolutions are notoriously bad for economies and government stability, so while that might play well with young anarchists, the older middle of the road voter is going to wake up in a cold sweat at the very thought of it.
So here's my thought.
We all join forces to help get Hillary elected in 2016, she chooses Elizabeth Warren as her VP, and in 2020 Hills takes a pass and throws her support behind Warren.
For some reason I have the unshakable feeling that Hillary simply cannot win two terms. So in my opinion this is the best case scenario.
Just a thought.