How did a life-long avowed socialist and someone who’s never actually won an election as a Democrat get to the top of the party’s mountain?
The simple answer is that he’s being supported by millions of younger Democratic voters, and those voters have been raised to be Sanders voters, even if their parents don’t realize it.
Here’s how it happened:
We convinced everyone college was 100% necessary, and then we made college unaffordable. …
The cost of college tuition has risen by six times more than the rate of inflation since the 1970s. Now, millions of American young people are straddled with college loans that look impossible to repay.
Simple reason, but probably true for many. Follow the money usually works.
The world has a massive debt crisis. Compared to GDP, debt is easily at at an all time high. Even with near-zero interest rates, many (including some governments) struggle to keep pace with interest payments.
So maybe this will be a political theme for buying elections for the next decade or two: just promise to pay the debts of some large class of people (without alerting everyone else that they’ll be paying).
UPDATE: Bernie’s also doing well because the other candidates are so incompetent:
Former VP Joe Biden tells a crowd he is “running for the U.S. Senate” and if they don’t like him they can “vote for the other Biden.”
At least Hillary was competent.