|Progressives love the Bern.|
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is gaining some momentum as a serious contender. The Democrats are fearing that the senator's populist stances could hurt them in swing districts where its competitive.
Sanders who is a democratic socialist was elected as a senator in 2006. He is currently serving as the senator from the state of Vermont.
He's very vocal about helping the middle class. And it's amazing!
He's a very proud progressive activist. Sanders has emerged as a leading progressive voice on issues like income inequality, climate change, and campaign finance reform. He rose to national prominence on the heels of his 2010 filibuster of the proposed extension of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy. Sanders is also outspoken on civil liberties issues, and has been particularly critical of mass surveillance policies such as the Patriot Act
But somehow the establishment want perennial candidates like Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden running. They think that Sanders is the left's version of Donald Trump.
Conservative Democrats fear that the Bern surge may hurt their chances at uprooting Republicans.
Two senators on the docket for vulnerability Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
They are the most vulnerable Republicans for now. On the Democratic side, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and the open seat in Nevada.
The most competitive seats Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
Some states that have Democratic governors are likely to flip to Republican. West Virginia and Kentucky are two to come to mind. The failed Democratic candidates who ran away from President Barack Obama felt the burn when progressives sat it out.
Why would they vote for a Democrat who votes like a Republican?
The progressives won. Obamacare is legal. Marriage is equal. We're closing the door on feuds with Cuba and Iran. The Confederate flag is being wiped away from the South. Marijuana is about to be legalized. Police reform is happening in states. The demand for equal pay and time off is popular. Immigration reform is needed. Gun control is needed.
Minorities, the poor, over 18 before 35 aged voters, and middle class got to keep fighting for the voting rights.
If the Democrats keep electing candidates who think like the Republicans, they'll lose.
That's why Republicans have such a hard time with nominating candidates like Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and John Kaisch. They are too cozy with the Democrats. Walker is trying to break from that.
Donald Trump is tapping into the anger that Republicans have with the changing demographics.
Bernie Sanders is doing the same. Democrats want the party to embrace the policies of Obama. They don't want candidates who roll back progress.