No longer a fringe movement, the ideology of Sanders has become the ideology of the mainstream Democratic Party–win or lose the nomination, Sanders has won 2020.
If Democrats are to emerge victoirous in 2020, they need a candidate who is not created by or defined by opposition to President Trump but holds nuanced, left of center populist positions is clearly the most likely to take the White House.
When talking politics with Sanders or Ocasio-Cortez supporters, advocates of the free-market, myself included, tend to ask these adherents of democratic socialism the following: “If socialism is so fantastic, can you explain the failures of Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and the USSR?”
On March 13, 2018, ex-Marine Democrat Conor Lamb won in the Pennsylvania 18th district special election, replacing the disgraced Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after infamously pressuring his mistress into having an abortion, despite professing strong pro-life views. The 18th district is traditionally a Republican stomping ground, with mostly suburban and rural voters, and an electorate that is over 95% white. Few gave Lamb a chance; however, Lamb, a moderate Democrat, was nearly tailor-made for the district. Running on a pro-gun, anti-Pelosi, common sense platform, Lamb brought a safely Republican district into the toss-up category.