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Bernie Sanders Just Changed the Democratic Party

The New Yorker
That history explains why Sanders emerged as the big winner of the night on the Democratic side. Not only has he pulled off a rags-to-riches story, he has done it on the basis of a message that is more radical than anything Presidential politics has seen in decades—a message that he repeats with such regularity and relentlessness that his stump speech has become familiar to many Americans.
Sanders' message isn't that radical. His message is fairly pedestrian. I suppose, in comparison, to the conservatives that've captured Washington for the past thirty years, he is quite a bit to the left, but he's probably no further left of Carter.


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