Bernie Sanders was defeated by less than 1 percent of the vote in Iowa:
“Bernie Sanders accepted his defeat in the Iowa caucuses on Wednesday morning, while remarking that his campaign is still looking at contesting the results.
“Well, sure,” the Vermont senator told NBC’s Matt Lauer on “Today,” appearing from Burlington, Vermont, when asked if he accepted the results. “She ends up getting about 22 delegates. We get about 20 delegates.” …
As Pat Buchanan points out at VDARE, there are many points on which Trump’s supporters agree with Sanders:
“Yet there are areas where the Sanders agenda overlaps that of Donald Trump and other Republican candidates. Bernie is an anti-interventionist, anti-nation-building, anti-empire leftist of a breed common in the Labour Party after World War II, when the British Empire was liquidated, Churchill notwithstanding.
Moreover, Sanders is no free-trade globalist of the Davos school. He opposed NAFTA, GATT and MFN for China. Like Trump, he backs a trade policy that puts American workers first.
Thus, on both trade and foreign policy, there is common ground between the rebellions in the Democratic and Republican parties, even as Clinton has ideological allies among the GOP free-traders and neocons of the Bush I and II presidencies. …”
This will probably go on until Hillary finishes off Sanders with black voters in South Carolina and the Southern primaries on March 1. Sanders is trying to run a class-based campaign in a party based on racial and gender identity politics.
Listen to this excerpt from Bernie’s concession speech. Speaking for myself alone here, I fully agree when Sanders when he talks about our rigged economy. I could take you all over the South and show you how free trade has devastated our economy. It was the Bushes and Clintons who gave us NAFTA and the WTO. Sanders should be walking away with this election, but he can’t do it because he doesn’t have Trump’s killer instinct and he can’t convince the White working class to support his campaign.
Does anyone believe Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz wouldn’t support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Before writing off Sanders as a raving lunatic, remember that Princeton study which showed that the US is an oligarchy and that voters have no control over public policy. Angry voters are responding to a kernal of truth here.
Note: Trump is winning in the places where Sanders message should have the greatest impact. He probably lost Iowa, not because Cruz cheated, but because of the close race on the Democratic side between Hillary and Sanders.