Bernie Sanders: nice guys finish second?

Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and senator who ran for the Democratic nomination in 1992 and who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton in the current race, said Mr. Sanders might be winning now if he had relentlessly pressured Mrs. Clinton since last fall over her closed-door speeches to Wall Street banks, her role in the finances of Clinton Foundation programs, and other vulnerabilities.

Mr. Sanders did not raise the paid-speech issue, after long resistance, until late January.

“Making the transcripts of the Goldman speeches public would have been devastating” to Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Kerrey said. “When the G.O.P. gets done telling the Clinton Global Initiative fund-raising and expense story, Bernie supporters will wonder why he didn’t do the same.”

Source: The New York Times

Two New York Times reporters wrote last month that Bernie Sanders would have done better in his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination if—

  • He had been harder-hitting in his attacks on Hillary Clinton
  • He had spent more time on the campaign trial and less time tending to his duties in the Senate.

Measured by the standards of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove, I think the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been relatively genteel.


Early Missteps Seen as a Drag on Bernie Sanders’ Campaign by Patrick Healy and Yamiche Alcindor for the New York Times.

Sanders’s Strength of Character Hurt His Campaign by Russ Baker for Newsflash.

This Is What Will Happen at the Democratic Convention by John Laurits for Nation of Change.  How Bernie Sanders could still win.

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One Response to “Bernie Sanders: nice guys finish second?”

  1. peteybee Says:

    Sanders did / is doing better than I expected. Far better than the previous comparable left-progressive Democratic primary candidate, Dennis Kucinich.

    IMO, Sanders fell short by not doing a good enough job reaching out to southern and black democratic voters who are sticking to Clinton, and by not having the opportunity, early on, to take on the “perception of electability” question.

    I think Sanders has showed pretty emphatically that a left-progressive candidate can compete and win on issues, within the Democratic party, nationwide, without the kind of “compromise” that Democratic party leadership claims is “necessary”.

    Also, per the heads-up general-election polls this primary season has produced, we can see that a less “compromised” left-progressive candidate would be very competitive in the general election as well.

    Sanders even consistently outperformed Clinton in general election matchups vs all Republican candidates. I don’t want to say this will always be true, because Clinton specifically has been a target of Republicans for so long.

    But certainly I’m very happy to have so much evidence against the “least-worst” voting strategy that I think has plagued national politics in the US.


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