Should Bernie Run
By every statistic, our economic system is failing most of society. Yet, to question that system – capitalism – has always invoked the knee-jerk fear of "socialism." But this may be changing. In every poll, the majority opts overwhelmingly for increased taxation of the rich and the corporations, universal health care and the preservation of Medicare and Medicaid, free public education and relief of student debt, increased Social Security benefits, and raising the minimum wage. These are in essence "socialist" policies – so apparently socialism is losing its sting. And well it should, since "socialism" denotes no more than that which benefits the majority in the most egalitarian way possible – something most people yearn for regardless of what it's called. The Democrats' losses in the 2014 mid-term elections are attributed to their failure to advocate the economic policies for which the people expressed the need.
In order for Bernie Sanders to win everything has to break his way. He has to win the NH primary, he probably has to win Iowa, and then he has to figure out how to sustain the momentum of that on a very low budget. The nominating process is front loaded, which means Sanders has to have an organization in place in states like SC and Nevada before Iowa and NH, because there will not be time to put together an organization afterwards. Everything has to break his way, but he could beat Hillary.