The Fire Berns Out

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Detroit, Mich., March 6, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Sanders illuminated both the powers and limits of socialism’s appeal.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 2016, Bernie Sanders got 13.2 million people to vote for him in the Democratic primary —  good for 43 percent. We can now surmise that a chunk of that total represented Democrats who simply wanted a non–Hillary Clinton option.

In this cycle, about 4.5 million out of 15 million voters in the Democratic primary voted for Sanders — just under 30 percent in a much more crowded field.

As Sanders’s second bid for the presidency falls short — once again against an elderly Washington figure who served in the Obama administration — you will hear a lot of arguments that “Bernie

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