Bernie Sanders is Unelectable Say DEMOCRATS
The far left progressives who make up the base of the Democratic Party are just crazy about Bernie Sanders but many Democrats in politics know that Bernie won’t win a general election.
Mike Lillis of The Hill reported:
Democrats: Sanders unelectable
The surging popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders has done little to alleviate the chief concern that Democrats have about his presidential bid: Namely, that he’s simply unelectable on a national stage.
The Vermont Independent has quickly closed the gap on frontrunner Hillary Clinton in national polls, while overtaking the former State secretary in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Supporters say his rising momentum and populist message will carry him to the White House.
But Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has spent a career operating largely from the left-most fringes of the Democratic Party with which he caucuses, stirring worry that he simply couldn’t compete against a Republican perceived as a more establishment figure.
“No matter how well you think of Bernie — and all of us do — … when the politics of it all hits the road, I don’t feel — and I feel most members don’t feel — that he can be elected,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)…
“Bernie Sanders is raising some issues that are important,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the Democratic whip and a Clinton supporter, told reporters last week. “But I don’t think there’s an expectation that’s he’s going to be president of the United States.”…
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) suggested Sanders’ fierce advocacy has left little room for compromise, even with other Democrats.
“I tend to remind my progressive friends … that we’ve got to work together in order to accomplish something. And you don’t do that by isolating the other side in your own party,” said Pascrell, who’s endorsed Clinton. “In other words, it’s my way or the highway. Sometimes I have that feeling about what Bernie is all about.”
Bernie seems to be toning down his use of the word socialist and now insisting he’s a progressive – as if there’s any difference.
I know which side I am on. I am a proud progressive, prepared to stand with the working families of this country. #nhpolitics
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 19, 2015
I prefer the term “progressive” and I’ll tell you why. https://t.co/O0IFpadIrT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 20, 2015