What political revolution?
The centerpiece of the +Bernie Sanders
campaign is a "political revolution" that will, it is claimed, flip both houses of Congress and give Sanders the power to push forward sweeping legislation. The Iowa Democratic Caucus did not compile popular vote totals, so to date we only have the New Hampshire Democratic Primary popular vote totals to find evidence of the revolution. The results are not encouraging:2016 New Hampshire Primary
Democratic votes: 250,974
Republican votes: 284,108
For comparison, here are the results for 2008:2008 New Hampshire Primary
Democratic votes: 287,557
Republican votes: 234,851
What we are seeing here is the opposite
of what Bernie Sanders wants. Rather than flipping Congress from Republican to Democrat, it appears Republicans are even more engaged and Democrats are less so.
One state does not a trend make, but if these New Hampshire numbers are repeated in the rest of the primaries and then the main event in November, the Republicans will increase
their grip on both houses of Congress. It won't be a "political revolution" at all, but a political catastrophe
The weird mathematics of the Electoral College still mean a Democrat has a good chance of winning the presidency, but faced with giant Republican majorities in Congress, who do you think will be better equipped to work within the system for the progressive change we need?