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As Senator Bernie Sanders surges in the polls, the establishment is now in a very public panic over fears that he may win both Iowa and New Hampshire, gaining him additional momentum, Brent Budowsky writes for The Hill.

The Democratic party elite and support infrastructure are on the attack against the popular democratic socialist, with Nancy Pelosi criticizing his widely supported “Medicare for all” plan on Wednesday, an attack echoed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

These attacks were followed by unabashed polemics from the editorial board of the Washington Post on Thursday, a newspaper owned by a billionaire who would not want to see a Sanders presidency, Budowsky notes. The Post degraded the Vermont senator’s campaign as “fiction-filled,” much like the criticism heard against Barack Obama in 2008.

The very visible and sudden panic as the Iowa caucus approaches shows that Sanders has been largely underestimated. His ideas and inspiring message that the government of the US can — and should — do better, clearly resonates with a frustrated population.

Sanders has been accused by many of having big dreams, but his supporters assert that, at the very least, he has them. Clinton, on the other hand, appears to offer more of the same, with vague promises of a slow rate of progress. Her flip-flopping and “evolving” politics have resulted in her being considered “dishonest” by a large percentage of millennial voters.

Sanders has clearly surpassed Clinton in generating excitement but, instead of the Democratic establishment embracing that enthusiasm and helping his momentum insure voters come out and bring the party a win, party bigwigs consistently dismiss and even insult his campaign and those who support him.

The results of the upcoming primaries will tell the tale of whether the old guard of the Democratic Party has it right this time.

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  • hopscotch64
    Sanders reminds me of a Salmon swimming up stream trying to overcome large man made concrete dams on his journey to the spawning grounds. No matter what happens Sanders has been instrumental in educating the people about Socialism. That it is not the boogey man or monster the establishment propaganda has portrayed it as. If Sanders does not win the nomination due to the corporate democratic parties propaganda then it will at least open the door for the establishment of a new dynamic Socialist Party in the United States. And this would be worth the effort and pain.
  • tony pin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
    hopscotch64, The US isn't fixable without a revolution.
  • rasojin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
    hopscotch64, good comment. Sanders' solid campaign has widened the mainstream political spectrum in the US which will hopefully bear fruit down the road. Yet one has to ask if the oligarchs in control will allow this opening to occur without using some means to repress it.
  • karlof1
    The reaction to Sanders ought to be closely watched for what it says about the .1% that needs to be overthrown globally. Fortunately, social media will play its role a la Color Revolutions regardless of what the Propaganda System spews. The real key is motivating those whose cynicism--for excellent reasons--kept them away from voting; and that's a huge number of potential voters--tens of millions. Yes, Obama burned us all, but Sanders is telling a far different story from Hope&Change; he uses Revolution as an essential part of his campaign rhetoric--he means it, has a track record of it, and is motivating and moving millions with it.
  • hopscotch64in reply torasoj(Show commentHide comment)
    rasoj, I believe they will use every means to defeat any attempt to undermine their tyrannical rule.
  • hopscotch64in reply totony p(Show commentHide comment)
    tony p, Yes I agree. However it will be up to the oligarchs as to what type of revolution they wish to go down by, political or violent the choice is theirs.
  • rasojin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
    hopscotch64, yes I agree. I think they have already proven their capacity for repression. When rulers are threatened they don't just allow events to unfold and accept the outcome.
  • tony pin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
    hopscotch64, I'm pretty sure it will have to be violent.
  • Wall Street should be worried. They are nervous if Sanders wins they won't be able to commit insider trading scams
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