Bernie Sanders' campaign is over. Did his revolution succeed or fail? | The Tylt
Five weeks after she clinched the Democratic nomination for president, Bernie Sanders finally endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton. For many, the conclusion of his campaign was a relief; for others, it's something to grieve.
Did Bernie's revolution succeed or fail?
Many Democrats are angry Bernie waited so long to come out for Hillary, and argue he obstructed the important work of making sure Donald Trump doesn't win the presidency. And some feel he squandered the political capital he earned during his campaign by insinuating that Clinton was corrupt and that the nomination process was elitist and unfair. Others deride his so-called "revolution" as a largely naive, white liberal movement that never connected successfully with voters of color. His supporters have been critiqued for being active on social media, but not willing to get in the trenches and do the real grunt work necessary to mobilize voters and win.
But others argue that even though Sanders didn't win the nomination, he accomplished amazing things. He drew young people and millennials into the process. He highlighted income inequality like few political candidates in U.S. history. Progressives credit him with pulling the entire conversation to the left. For instance, Hillary proposed free college for families making less than $125,000 a year, and that's because of Bernie. Both Obama and Clinton have shown their support of a public option for healthcare, which may never have happened without Sanders' adamant assertion that all Americans deserve health care, regardless of their income.
Sanders proved that Americans are hungry for a leader free from the corporate-controlled "pay-to-play" political system, and that left-wing populism and socialist ideas can flourish here. He may not have won ... but for some, he succeeded. So ...
Do you think #SandersSucceeded? Or would you argue #SandersFailed?
Bernie Sanders' campaign is over. Did his revolution succeed or fail?
We have to be honest. We're feeling pretty betrayed Bernie Sanders.— NC For Bernie (@NCForBernie) July 12, 2016
We’re going to make sure that Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 12, 2016
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