By Brigitte L. Nacos
If Bernie Sanders lived in Europe, he and his positions would place him left of center and in a mainstream political party, say, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany, which is now in a coalition government with the right of center Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
But because here in the U.S. he and his agenda are to the extreme left, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist will not become the next president—even if he were to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
It is only in the peculiar American electoral system that a member of the legislature elected as an Independent can run for the nomination of one of the two major parties of his choice.
The Senator from Vermont, who ran as an Independent for mayor of Burlington, for the U.S. House of Representatives, and for the U.S. Senate, is now as candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination inflicting great harm on the Democratic Party and its chances in this year’s presidential elections.