The ironic consequence of Sanders’s 2016 campaign is that most Americans now have a difficult time understanding how his socialism differs from the stands taken by other progressive candidates.
Michael Kazin June 28, 2019
And although I share many of Bernie Sanders’ positions, he increasingly comes across as a humorless shouter who, like Biden, refuses to admit he ever did or said anything he now regrets. His response on gun control was a prime example of that. Bernie’s 2016 campaign will be remembered—and hailed—for helping push the party to the egalitarian, social democratic left. But the ironic consequence of his glorious challenge is that most Americans will now have a difficult time understanding how his “socialism” differs from the stands taken by Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, and even Harris—all of whom can deliver a facsimile of it without hectoring their audiences.