Bernie Sanders’ evolution: democratic socialist rises, the party gadfly to the front-runner

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Sen Bernie Sanders is on a tear.

The independent senator from Vermont burst out of the gates, Feb. 19, he started his second straight bid for the presidential nomination, and he has not slowed yet.


The self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” is drawing huge crowds on the campaign and racking up big money. He pulled in $18.2 million in fundraising in the first 41 days of his campaign, the overwhelming leader of the pack in the fundraising race among the large roster of White house hopefuls.

The senator consistently registered the second-in the double-digits — in the year 2020, polling, after Biden introduced former Vice President Joe. But until Biden officially jumps, as is widely expected, Sanders is currently the front-runner among the declared candidates. This state indicates an incredible rise from the beginning of the last cycle.

“We have come a long way in the last four years,” said Sanders recently in the election campaign.

He is not a joke.


When the senator first started his 2016 White house bid, he was considered a far-left fringe candidate who would be a longshot against former US-Secretary of state Hillary Clinton for the democratic presidential nomination. He was hardly taken seriously, as he made multiple trips to early voting States in 2014 and the first half of 2015.


But Sanders caught the lightning in a bottle that said in the summer of 2015, after officially his candidacy. Together with the Republicans Donald Trump, he tapped into the anger of voters with a system that many felt was a bust. And he launched his White house bid at a time when the democratic party moved further to the left.

Whether or not Sanders, and the ride felt the wave, or whether he is to be seen to be largely responsible for the party, the shift since this time. But the 77-year-old politician seems to be in the right place at the right time-finally, after decades in the political desert. Today, the policy he represents, are virtual litmus tests for the field. His presidential primary rivals scrambled to co-sponsor his latest “Medicare for All” bill last week.

Veteran political scientist Dante Scala says that since President George W. Bush administration, more and more Democrats are “willing to identify himself as a liberal.”


“What we have seen over the last ten years or so, this decline in the moderate and conservative Democrats. A lot more Democrats are willing to say to the survey and opinion research., “I’m a liberal and I’m proud of it.’ In some ways, Sanders is a trend that has been carried out, with the Democratic party was able to take advantage of,” said Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire.

“Sanders large class of voters wrote – in the year 2016, in particular, with a growing sense both among young voters, the white working that the system was defective and that radical change was necessary to fix it. And I think a lot of that comes from the great recession,” Scala added. “They wanted a politician who would go and Bernie was happy to oblige.”

Sanders’ crushing defeat by Clinton in 2016 in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary launched a political Juggernaut, sending him into a marathon battle with the subsequent candidates, who do not end until after the primary and caucus calendar.

As he is running for a second time, the loudly liberal candidate does not seem to have a problem, the rest of the pack and resonance for younger voters, even with rivals, the four-decades-younger. And he changed the conversation, with many other White house hopefuls, the same proposals, the Sanders highlighted the insistence that the presidential election campaign, four years earlier.

But Democrats argue the feeling of the ‘Bern’, that Sanders was expected to start strong, thanks to its strong name recognition and the extensive country-wide organization, which he built in the year 2016 and maintained in the coming years.

“He starts with a leg, because previously running, but I don’t think it said a insurmountable advantage, with all means,” longtime democratic strategist Judy Reardon.

But Scala says Sanders is successful again, because he is “married to the kind of liberalism and populism.”

“I think that’s what makes him a danger to the other 2020 candidates, that he could be, what was trump, in the year 2016. That is, it could be the case that a strong minority Block of voters who are married to Bernie and they are not interested in Dating,” he said.

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