VAL 2016 | Bernie Sanders ser ut att kopierar den strategi som tog Hillary Clinton hela vägen fram till utrikesministerposten under Barack Obama.
Redan när Tim Dickinson gjorde sin stora intervju med Sanders förra året talade presidentkandidaten om att han försökte skapa en gräsrotsrörelse som skulle pressa på för politisk förändring.
Anledningen att han fortfarande hänger kvar och kampanjar kan mycket väl vara att han vill kopiera Hillary Clintons strategi mot Obama 2008.
Genom att hänga kvar in i det sista, långt efter att det var uppenbart att hon inte skulle kunna hämta in Obamas försprång, gjorde hon det tydligt för alla att hon inte gick att ignorera.
Och genom att göra henne till utrikesminister undanröjde Obama samtidigt hotet att den starkaste politiska motståndaren i det egna partiet skulle ägna de närmaste åren åt politiskt krypskytte.
På samma sätt kan en strak gräsrotsrörelse vara det bästa sättet att bygga upp ett politiskt tryck mot en eventuellt kommande president Clinton. Kanske han t.o.m. kan få en framskjuten position i en sådan administration?
Så här lät det bl.a. i Dickinsons intervju i Rolling Stone:
I say with utmost sincerity: I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I knew her as first lady. We’re not best friends, ya know, but I know her. She is a very impressive woman, very intelligent and has a huge amount of experience. Nobody denies, Hillary Clinton least of all, that she is an establishment candidate. You can’t go around the country touting all the governors and senators and people who support you without acknowledging that you are the candidate of the establishment. Hillary Clinton has a Super PAC, which will raise money from a whole lot of wealthy individuals and corporate interests. That’s just the way it is.
I do not say, ”Elect Bernie Sanders for president, I’m going to solve all of these problems.” We need millions of people to stand up and fight back, to demand that government represents all of us, not just the one percent. I’m trying to create a movement. That is what my campaign is about – that is not what Hillary Clinton’s establishment campaign is about.
Do you think Hillary Clinton would be tough enough on Wall Street as president?
Of course not. Why would you think she would? For a start, look at where Hillary Clinton has gotten her money and support in the past. And if you look at her unwillingness to deal with the basic issues – and that is the re-establishment of Glass-Steagall and the fact that we have got to break up these large financial institutions – that is not Hillary Clinton’s position.
A lot of progressives agree with your ideas, but they view Hillary Clinton as more electable. And given the dangers you just articulated in terms of the Republican agenda, does that not argue for moving ahead with a more traditional candidate?
The answer is that progressives who think that are wrong. And I mean that very sincerely. Look up the polls for a start. The last polls that I saw – check ’em out; they’re in the machine – will show you that Bernie Sanders does better against Trump than Hillary does. On many of the matchups, I do better, OK? That’s just a fact.
Number two, the only way that Republicans win elections is when voter turnout is low. We have brought out over 300,000 people to our meetings – a significant majority of those people are nontraditional voters. I would say 90 percent of the people who go to my meetings have never been to a Democratic Party meeting in their life, OK? The energy and the enthusiasm that we are developing in this campaign with young people, with low-income people, with working people, is the kind of enthusiasm that is needed to create large voter turnouts.
Frankly and honestly, Hillary Clinton is not generating enthusiasm. She has very strong establishment support. But establishment support will take you only so far.
Tidskriftsomslag: Rolling Stone, december 2015, Issue 1249.