To Win Midterms, Sanders Tells Democrats to Take Fight Directly to GOP

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) believes Democrats in Congress need to be more aggressive between now and November if they hope to retain the House and the Senate in this year’s midterm elections.

In an op-ed for The GuardianSanders acknowledged that there are numerous polls that show that Republicans have a greater chance of winning control over Congress than Democrats. Sanders also noted that enthusiasm for voting among Democrats’ base — Latinx, Black and Asian voters, as well as young and working class people — is lower than among Republicans’ base.

Several indicators demonstrate that Democrats are losing support, Sanders went on, including President Joe Biden’s dwindling approval numbers. Still, Biden — who once promised to be the most progressive president since Franklin Roosevelt — had high marks at the start of his term.

Sanders believes that the faltering support for Biden and Democrats can be attributed to the fact that, while Democrats were successful early on at passing the American Rescue Act, they’ve failed to deliver on other big-budget policy items, including the Build Back Better social and climate spending package.

“Amid grotesque and widening income and wealth inequality and decades of wage stagnation, the existential threat of the climate crisis, a rigged tax system and crises in healthcare, childcare and housing, the American people wanted Congress to finally stand up and represent their interests, not just the greed of wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders wrote.

“Unfortunately…two corporate Democrats — Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) — both of whom received millions of dollars in campaign contributions from billionaires and corporate interests — decided to sabotage” Build Back Better legislation, he said.

In a PoliticoInterview last week Sanders described Sinema, Manchin, and Sinema in the following words: “two corporate Democrats who are not going to be with us.”

Still, Sanders continued in his op-ed, the situation isn’t hopeless. When Harry Truman faced similarly difficult odds in his 1948 presidential campaign after GOP lawmakers in the House repeatedly obstructed his agenda, Truman “took the fight to Republicans,” he said.

“The mid-century president “didn’t let [Republicans] hide behind their whining and ‘do-nothingism,’” Sanders went on. “He exposed them for what they were — tools of special interests.”

When Truman forced votes on critical and popular issues of the time, Republicans’ continued votes against working families “showed the very clear difference between the parties — and he won,” Sanders said.

He said that Democrats should use the same strategy right now. This would not only show voters that a Republican-controlled Congress would reject popular ideas, but also that Democrats “may have 50 votes in the Senate, but they do not have 50 votes to pass the legislation that the American people want and need.”

By forcing votes on issues that matter to Americans, Biden and Democrats can show voters “where their elected officials stand,” Sanders wrote. “Make them vote!”

It’s feasible that such a strategy would work, as polls from Data for ProgressAccording to polls, Americans want Congress’ passage of large spending items. Voters support progressive measures such as increasing funding for clean energy and expanding Medicare and Medicaid coverage. taxing the rich to address issues relating to inflation. Other traditional Democratic proposals like the one that was presented by Obama are also supported by large numbers of voters, according to polls. placing tighter restrictions on gun purchasesHow to ensure your security Abortion protections should remain in place.

Although many analysts say that the midterms are Republicans’ to lose, polling data shows that the race is much closer than in 2018, the last non-presidential election year.

Four years ago, the average number of polls was ().compiled by RealClearPolitics) showed that voters preferred that Democrats control Congress over Republicans by a margin of 7.0 points. Meanwhile, the average of polls in this year’s midterm season shows a much tighter race, with Republicans leading Democrats by just 3.4 pointsA number that is within the margin of error for some polls.