Bernie Sanders testing the waters in Iowa for 2016
DAVENPORT | Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will be in Iowa this weekend testing the waters for a potential 2016 presidential bid, said Thursday that American voters are angrier at many of the country’s institutions than many realize — and even though they want real change, most will sit out this year’s midterm elections.
“What we have to appreciate right now is there is a great demoralization politically in this country,” Sanders said in an interview with the Quad-City Times.
Still, the senator has been showing up on the doorstep of the first-in-the-nation caucus state. He was at an event in Clinton County in May. And he also appeared in the state three weeks ago, the same weekend as Sen. Tom Harkin’s final steak fry, which featured Clinton in her first return to the state since her loss in the 2008 caucuses.
I'm not sure I agree with this.
I think Bernie's behind the curve. I think what we're seeing is a remoralization of American politics after 40 years of crap. That's what the Capitol Occupations were all about, that's what Occupy proper was all about, and that's what all the civic engagement around fracking, resource extraction generally, and climate are all about. Bernie should be recognizing tendencies like this, and not using disempowering terms like "demoralization" (which also makes me wonder if he's projecting from what he sees around him in the political class).