On the same mid-March night that Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions were snuffed out, the movement for which he is an icon also happened to enjoy perhaps its most significant triumph. The voters in Chicago’s suburbs who backed former Vice President Joe Biden by more than 20 points over the Vermont senator for the top of the Democratic ticket also traded in their eight-term congressman, Rep. Dan Lipinski, for 55-year-old abortion-rights activist Marie Newman.Newman ran on a campaign of Sanders’ greatest hits—Medicare For All, a $15 minimum wage, the Green New Deal, free college, the abolition of ICE—and is a shoo-in to win in November.Many observers point to Sanders’ inability to crack 35 percent among Democrats in most of the 27 states and territories that voted in 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic short-circuited the process) as proof that his ideas is not as popular as he proclaims. But that’s not the whole story. It’s true that most of Sanders’ proposals remain light years from the sort of popularity required to get them through Congress, even if Democrats retake the Senate and White House, and doubters make a strong argument that the failure to become law means Sanders wasted everyone’s time and… Read full this story
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