Sanders and the Theory of Change: Radical Politics for Grown-Ups
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Paul Krugman has joined the self-appointed political grownups closing ranks around Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders. In a piece titled "How Change Happens," the liberal economist and New York Times columnist insists, "The question Sanders supporters should ask is, When has their theory of change ever worked?"
That must be right. It's an excellent, sober, adult question. The answer, of course, depends what you think the Sanders campaign's theory of change is. Krugman argues, "On the left there is always a contingent of idealistic voters eager to believe that a sufficiently high-minded leader can conjure up the better angels of America's nature and persuade the broad public to support a radical overhaul of our institutions." This, he says, was what drove the Obama campaign in 2008. By implication, he seems to mean other quixotic campaigns, such as George McGovern's in 1972, when McGovern lost forty-nine states to Richard Nixon.
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