A while ago, I worried that Senator Bernie Sander’s eye on the Presidency would ruin the Democrats’ chances in 2016. We don’t need another Ralph Nader-like spoiler.
But he’s said recently that he would never run as an independent, which calms me greatly. He would use the race as a way to make sure the issues he cares about are discussed, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I think his presence in the Presidential race as a Democrat would be beneficial. He won’t win, of course, but he certainly could make sure that the party follows a more populist (and winning) message, rather than looking like just another traditional status quo race. (OK, yes, Hillary breaks the mold by being a female candidate, but her views are pretty moderate and traditional.)