By the standards of pretty much every other country on the planet, the US' right/left political axis is seriously miscalibrated.catmoon wrote: ↑Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:40 pmBernie Sanders as seen from Canada...
Had the last election been held in Canada, Bernie Sanders vs Donald Trump, Bernie would have won with about 90% of the vote.
To Canadians Bernie appears as a mildly leftist candidate. But the whole American political spectrum is shifted well to the right of us, so we have to wonder if Bernie Sanders is electable in such a political climate.
I think with Bernie, Trump and others, their main appeal is about where they lie on a different axis, the elite/populist one. Clinton didn't lose because she was left-wing, she lost because she was portrayed as elite relative to "populist" Trump. (These designations are pure PR, they bear very little relation to how these politicians thought or acted.) Sanders was a match for, or possibly stronger than Trump on the "populist" axis, and despite him being portrayed as an economic leftist relative to Trump, most of the polling suggested he would have won in 2016, largely due to better voter turnout from the Democrat base. Looking at the rest of the Democrat primary field for 2020, they all look a lot more "elite" than Sanders, so I suspect the same calculation would hold - possibly Sanders would have more of an edge this time, even though Trump is a sitting president, since Trump has lost a lot of the moderate Republican base.