Sanders and Corbyn: sounds familiar. Next?
In the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, Senator Bernie Sanders gained 60% of the vote, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 38%. As noted earlier on this site, Sanders has a Corbyn-like appeal for younger voters and is attracting far larger audiences than expected.
The Times reports that, in a speech to his supporters after the contest, Mr Sanders said the result marked a new era, adding: “What the people here have said is that given the enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for the same old, same old establishment politics and establishment economics”.
“A message that will echo from Wall to Street to Washington”
Sanders’ message that that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their Super PACs [political action committees] and that the economy is rigged in favour of a “billionaire class” struck a chord among New Hampshire voters who did not trust Mrs Clinton and her ties to Wall Street, reference being made to the “1%”.
According to exit polls, income inequality and jobs – two central themes of the Sanders campaign – were the top issues for Democrat voters. More than half said they were dissatisfied with the current state of politics.
They cared more about a candidate’s trustworthiness than about experience or electability, a ranking of priorities that favoured the Vermont senator.
Bernie Sanders has assembled an online fundraising operation and ‘electrified’ the youth vote with promises of a “political revolution” that would bring Scandinavian-type policies to the US.
In Canada, Britain, Greece, Italy and Spain also, ‘a sense of revulsion at the political elite’ is leading the popular vote for those seen as trustworthy candidates, who care for the 99%.
Posted on February 12, 2016, in Democracy, Inequality, Jeremy Corbyn, Politics, Watershed and tagged 1%, Bernie Sanders, establishment economics, establishment politics, income inequality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.