When Bernie Sanders appeared on ABC News yesterday, it became clear that the interviewer wanted to goad him into attacking Hillary Clinton directly and then get her to respond in kind because that will enable them to create the kind of narrative they are most familiar with, that of a mud-slinging race and the effect of those attacks on poll numbers. But Sanders is smart enough not to fall for that. Instead, by focusing his attacks on the billionaire class that dominates US politics, Clinton is affected only to the extent that she is part of that class. It will be interesting to see how she reacts.
The question by George Stephanopoulos that Sanders supporting the kinds of soft socialist policies that Scandinavian countries have adopted would open him up to attack ads by Republicans that he wanted the US to look like Scandinavia got the response it deserved, which was “So what?” The die-hard nativists might think that the US should not emulate any other country in anything but Sanders makes the point that for most people in the US, adopting the Scandinavian model would be a huge improvement over what they have here now.