Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders

Republicans for Sanders defy neat categorization. Some are fed up with the status quo in Washington, and believe that Sanders, with his fiery populist message, is the presidential contender most likely to disrupt it. Others have voted Republican for years, but feel alarmed by what they see as the sharp right turn the party has taken.

“I have been a conservative Republican my entire life. But the Republican party as a whole has gotten so far out of touch with the American people,” says Bryan Brown, a 47-year-old Oregon resident. “I switched my registration so that I could vote for Sanders in the primary, but the day the primary is over I’m going to register as an Independent.”

... In some cases, longtime Republican voters who have decided to support Sanders, like MacMillan, are rethinking their political affiliation entirely. (“I’m inclined to say I might stay with the Democratic Party because the Republican Party has changed and it’s not the way it used to be,” MacMillan says.) Far from claiming to have experienced a political conversion, other Republicans argue that Sanders actually embodies conservative values.

“When I think of true conservative values I think of Teddy Roosevelt who earned a reputation as a trust-buster,” says Jeff DeFelice, a 38-year-old registered Republican voter living in Florida. “Now look at Bernie. He’s the only one willing to stand up to the big banks. The big banks control an obscene amount of wealth in this country and he wants to go after them.” If Sanders looks like “a viable candidate” by the time the primary rolls around, DeFelice says he’ll switch his party affiliation to vote for the senator.

Sanders’s promise to wrest power away from Wall Street and return it to the American middle class taps into the same vein of populist anger that fueled the rise of the Tea Party. It’s also a message that resonates with mainstream Republicans and Democrats. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, for example, believe that large corporations wield too much influence on American politics, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in May.

1 comment:

jeffrey thurston said...

The government of China may be a joke but no more than your beloved Uncle Sam! Obama- our NOBEL PEACE PRIZE President has started more wars and done more unconstitutional shit than anyone before him! Drone killing of American citizens? War in Syria? Iraq? Yemen? Somalia? Libya? Pakistan? Afghanistan? Mugabe may be a thug but China honoring him is no more a joke than those idiot Swedes giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. Mugabe affects only those in his shit-blasted Third World hellhole- Obama and his schizophrenic foreign policy (he's supporting Al Quaeda in Syria while fighting ISIS- supporting the Shiites in Iraq and trying to get rid of them in Syria at the behest of our Israeli Masters) is bringing us to the brink of WW3!