|George McGovern and Bernie Sanders|
I pulled the numbers off of Wikipedia so take them with a grain of salt:
George McGovern wanted a 37% reduction in defense spending over three years and he wanted to end the Vietnam War. He wanted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. He was the Bernie Sanders of the time. I loved George McGovern because he wanted to end the war and the younger generation was giddy, they embraced him wholeheartedly for the 1972 election. That election had the lowest voter turnout for a presidential election since 1948 even though the vote was extended to 18 year old citizens (if you could fight in a war at 18 you should be able to vote). George McGovern got 37.5% of the vote to Nixon's 60.7%. The very unpopular war continued.
Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 election, ran against Barry Goldwater (the arch conservative of the time, now would be considered a moderate). Goldwater lost to Johnson in a landslide.
The reason I am telling you all this, I do not believe a candidate too far to the right or left can win. So, although I like Bernie Sanders I just don't think we can count on young people to vote in enough numbers to make him a winner. A candidate that calls himself a Socialist has doomed himself. I think he will have a hard time getting the Black vote in America. Bill Clinton will have that segment locked up for Hillary. Are we ready for a Woman President? I think we are more ready for a woman than for a Jewish Liberal President from Brooklyn.
I stood up for my ideals voting for McGovern. A lot of good it did me or the country. We got stuck with Nixon. People in Florida stood up for their ideals on Al Gore (he wouldn't take a stand on the Homestead Air Base) and instead voted for Ralph Nader. That got us 8 grueling years of George Bush. Those votes in South Florida cost the entire country and got us in a war.
Ideals are to be taught to your children not for electing people. You have to be strategic, especially with the financing we now have since Citizens United.
We have to consider that most people are moderate and middle of the road. That is what sells in America. The only reason Obama got in twice is because the Republican keep putting forward moronic candidates that label themselves as conservatives. I think that many Americans are afraid of the word Conservative. Can Bernie Sanders win against a conservative moron? Maybe. But I am just not convinced. I think America is deathly afraid of the word socialism, too close to the word communism. The Republicans would have a field day with the label.
Do I think that the DNC should make it harder for Sanders: No. Let the chips fall. Am I appalled that the Sanders campaign mined data from the Clinton Campaign that they got in a computer glitch: yes.
According to data reviewed by TIME, it appears that one top lieutenant on the Sanders campaign and three others intentionally sought to obtain information from the Clinton voter file. The Sanders’ campaigns actions also appear to have violated a contract with the DNC about respecting data.
“This was a very egregious breach and our data was stolen,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook in a conference call with reporters Friday.