The New Democratic Party has surprised everyone by winning the Alberta province elections in Canada, ending 44 years of conservative dominance by the Progressive Conservative party and elevating Rachel Notley to be the head of the provincial government. (Thanks to reader left0ver1under for alerting me to the Alberta result.)
You can see the staggering sweep of the results in this single graphic.
Why is this significant? Because the NDP’s policies are decidedly left wing and yet they won in a provincial that has the reputation of being conservative.
But these labels are often misleading. Even in the US, polls show that the public supports policies that are decidedly socialist in practice while calling themselves conservative. Given the right conditions, the scales can fall from their eyes, enabling them to see that the politicians who share the same label as they do may not share the same interests.
This is what I hope will happen in the US too. Today, Peter Beinart explains why it would be dangerous to underestimate Bernie Sanders because he is in the best position to authentically exploit the anger at the looting of the country by a small elite and the widespread resentment against the one-percenters because it fits in with what he has been standing for all his life.