During a recent question & answer session with the editorial board of the Wisconsin State Journal, Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan was asked if Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump or Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders were electable. Here’s Pocan’s response.
Q: Is Trump or Sanders electable?
A: No, I don’t think so. In the case of Sanders, nobody is saying, “What I really want is a 75-year-old socialist.” Right? But it’s that message that they kind of like. It’s that populist message on the left.
On Rep. Pocan’s point that no one is saying, “What I really want is a 75-year-old socialist,” I have to respectfully disagree. Bernie Sanders has drawn large crowds wherever he’s held a campaign event, and he’s raised $15 million for his presidential campaign in the first quarter of this year. While that figure is dwarfed by the contributions raised by Hillary Clinton, it’s still no small number.
The fact is there are a lot of folks across this nation (and no doubt many in Pocan’s Congressional district) who are fervently supporting Bernie Sanders because they’re tired of moderate corporate Democrats who prefer triangulation over standing up for what they truly believe in.