Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?

I respect both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  They are the only two current Presidential candidates, except maybe Tulsi Gabbard, that I’d vote for.  Unfortunately I can’t vote for both.

Warren has a better and deeper understanding of policy.  Sanders’ ideas (for example, the Walmart tax) are sometimes half-baked.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Via Vox

But Sanders has a better and deeper understanding of public opinion and political power.  When he started campaigning for a $15 an hour minimum wage and Medicare for all, these ideas were regarded as crackpot.  He understands that public opinion is not a given.  It can be changed.

He also understands that it is not enough to have correct ideas or even to have popular ideas.  You have to have a political force behind you that is powerful enough to push these ideas through.

That is why he gives so much support to striking workers and protest demonstrations.  They represent a potential counterforce to the power of big money.

He regards billionaires and CEOs of big corporations as his enemies, and his aim is a political revolution that takes away their power.

Warren’s aim, on the other hand, is to make the system work the way it should.  That’s why Wall Street regards her as the lesser evil.

So even though many of her specific proposals are similar to Sanders’ proposals, the two represent different philosophies.

Warren wants to win an argument.  Sanders wants to win a battle.

My main reservation about the two is that neither Warren nor Sanders are full-fledged peace candidates—although Sanders is closer to being one than Warren is

If both are on the ballot in next year’s New York Democratic primary, I would vote for Sanders.


Warren and Sanders: Compare and Contrast by Rob Hager for Counterpunch.  The case for Warren.

Why the Differences Between Sanders and Warren Matter by Zaid Jilani for Jacobin.  The case for Sanders.

Sanders and Warren voters have astonishingly little in common by Holly Otnerbein for POLITICO.  Sanders’ voters are more likely to be young or black, make less money, have fewer degrees and be less engaged in politics previously.

Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is Different by Ben Beckett for Jacobin.  [Added 7/24/20190

Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee by Natasha Korecki and Charlie Mahtesian for POLITICO.  [Added 7/24/2019]

We’re Having a Different Conversation Than Them by Ben Curttright for Jacobin.  [Added 7/24/2019]

Warren Is No Hillary – She’s Also No Bernie by Liza Featherstone for Jacobin.  [Added 7/25/2019]

The Overlooked Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by Aidan Smith for The Nation [Added 7/30/2019]

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2 Responses to “Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?”

  1. whungerford Says:

    I believe it is too soon to decide; much can change in the time remaining before the primary.


  2. peteybee Says:

    Both are great candidates.

    One way to look at it is that whoever ends up second between Sanders and Warren could endorse the other, and delegates for one could vote for the other. Not sure if this would actually happen, but there is a lot of overlap. Also DNC superdelegate rules would come
    into effect without a primary candidate coming into the DNC with a clean majority.

    From a “getting things done” once in power point of view, neither Sanders nor Warren will be accepted by the existing D and R party leaders. That is unfortunately part of the game for any candidate who is serious about facing issues of inequality in a way that includes divisions along lines of wealth and income.

    From a general election strategy point of view, Sanders has better numbers with the working class (i.e. not college educated) demographic. Perhaps due to his direct speaking style. Along with age and race, class/education is a category that can identify marginal voters – some years they turn out in big numbers, some years not. In a good year (such as with Obama 2008, the marginal voters come out in large numbers). With Trump as president, it is likely to be a high turnout year. The way I look at it, it is a positive for a Sanders candidacy.

    The dream ticket, of course, would be both.


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