Interesting piece on Bernie Sanders in the Politico of all places, and there is some good stuff as well as some stuff to quibble with, and the title gets on one of my pet peeves
How Bernie Sanders’ ‘radical’ ideas entered the municipal mainstream
Clearly the author is noting that his past ideas are NOT radical for the municipal mainstream, but neither are any of his current ideas radical nor were they ever radical. They’ve long been well within the mainstream. It is only within the media environment that we live in this delusional center-right nation. Much like the ACA in which the individual components are rated extremely popular by the public but they hate the overall bill, liberal and progressive ideas across the spectrum have long been the preferred policy choices of the majority, but you slam the name “Democrat” or “liberal” or “progressive” (FSM forbid “socialist,”), and they become toxic.
This isn’t something new. Marc Crispin Miller and the good folks at the Media Education Foundation (here’s a .pdf transcript of the linked video, Constructing Public Opinion: How Politicians & the Media Misrepresent the Public) and countless others have been pointing this out for years, but for some reason it never sinks in with the bobbleheads and the Democrats continue to be the worst salesmen in the world.
It’s just maddening. Not only are left-leaning policies better, but they are actually more popular. It’s enough to make you scream.