Bernie and Guns
Posted on October 15, 2015 by Lou
In talking to Vermonters, he’d always explain how right wingers use guns to scare working-class voters, dividing us and diverting attention from corporate abuse and exploitation.
Determined to deprive opponents of a potent wedge issue, Sanders could then focus on his powerful economic populist message.
I drew a similar conclusion from working with unions.
At a fire fighters union meeting many years ago, I watched the local president beg members to support Dianne Feinstein against her Republican opponent despite the Senator’s sponsorship of the assault weapons ban.
Organizing socially conservative working-class voters is complicated and we don’t always want Democratic party orthodoxy to get in our way.
Let’s not pile on Bernie because he’s made some very shrewd calculations about how to build support and loyalty among vulnerable Americans.