FiveThirtyEight: The Bernie Sanders legacy

Nate Silver, Clare Malone and Harry Enten discuss the Vermont senator's affect on the Democratic Party this election.
4:50 | 06/17/18

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Tell a financial. This seven fun. He is he's having fun. I think that there's something to be said for. The fact that he didn't think he was gonna get this far. He has a huge he has tons of money in lots of organization behind them. And so why not he's doing what he's an ideologue he's getting his message out which he might wish people wouldn't listen to. You know four years ago quite as much if you weren't on television constantly talking about the revolution. And I think he does he from very seriously have you a means part it's fun but he wants to. I think influence the democratic party's platform I think the campaign Connick got caught in between whereby they were running as this message candidate and then a candidate could win and they got. The justice Sandra day consequence to of the delegate system you're aware of the fact that it's so proportional means you have this long slog he could have left after. Pennsylvania once he didn't do that had and then you have some fairly good states for him and he's in until June 7 I assume. I think we've entered the realm. Where his biographer they will talk about this period as a time when like this there were something psychological going on. With both Sanders his campaign and the operation and I think it's a fascinating moment. But also very much. You know I just wouldn't dismiss the idea that may be Sanders just won a trip to Puerto Rico. Wealthy look at the political science literature usually ansari who writes for our site has. Pointed out in fact he's not and if you look at the polls at least the polls that I look at you know I don't know maybe heavier on special spoof calls over in your office name. Which he is getting she is getting hit 38 he's Buford and I saw us do right. Hillary Clinton is getting that he's improving there. They got the break who bombed the little group of hot heat she is getting a very substantial portion of the democratic vote about the same percentage that Donald Trump is getting the Republican vote at this point. But remember Donald Trump was a historically give this a figure there. Which in the GOP Angela weeks ago before Indiana unit Clinton getting a higher percentage of the democratic vote than from god I mean obviously Bernie Sanders is still in the race. The question is what happens when he exits the race if he does not endorse Clinton. Fine and 147 or he does so tapper June 8. Protected leave the actor that we don't we don't wanna in the realm of the right we don't wanna Geraldine Ferraro endorsing Bob Abrams thank you tip that we have we're going to mention. After California. Then I think Clinton has. My real problem. Com we answer that you alike and from hey he can't you always make fun of spitzer's actual tarot is that there's a little bit. Irony in the support for Bernie Sanders Wear here's a guy who is likable. And affable and kind of unlikely and that's kind of a free vote. For Bernie and people like what he has to say. But that there isn't really a movement. Behind it and the other actors that this does represent a break. From the kind of neo liberal consensus than Democratic Party. Clinton. Believes in and markets and capitalism. Thinks you have to regulate them where is senator think things fundamentally that you know. I don't think free markets. Our great economic system so it is different it's between a leftist Democrat is as pejorative it's descriptive and a liberal Democrat. And I think that might actually be or the real thing. I think could be the future I think see Anderson's policy positions. Are perhaps what the future of the Democratic Party might look like given that younger people are more. Politically liberal in a lot of way is an icing for the 2008 crash. But there isn't certain generation of people that will be shaped by and the focus events and inequality in the focus on the inequality and that's it yet so in some ways he sort of the personification. And the institutionalization. Of a certain set of politics that I think a lot of young people. House in the Democratic Party. I know that Sanders supporters get so upset when I say he's very liberal they say he's not a liberal. He's a progressive he's very progressive. Yeah and it's antacids it semantics but it also I think gets that the framework on which they're working under. If you look at the exit post you see the real space was on the age groups the very young people vying for Sanders and a very ill people going for Clinton. A troop in us the fact that if you really are. Diehard leftists if you feel left out. Of this economy if you support things like unions. For example if you're anti free trade and you haven't had a lot of voice on the Democratic Party with kind of either of the clintons or Obama and and this is a reaction. To that.

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