By Joan Brunwasser
Joan Brunwasser, Senior Editor for OpEdNews and co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform, speaks with author, activist, and co-founder of RootsAction.org, Norman Solomon on the Bernie Sanders campaign, the state of the Democratic Party and the prospects of a progressive victory.
Joan Brunwasser (JB) | Welcome back to OpEdNews, Norman. We last chatted back in 2015, which seems like a very long time ago. I’d like to talk a bit about your recent piece, Bernie is Not a Wind Sock [3.25.19]. What did you mean by that?
Norman Solomon (NS) | Politicians who change direction with the wind aren’t dependable. We don’t really know where they stand if they’re willing to stand somewhere quite different when the political winds shift. Bernie Sanders is on another trip entirely. From him, instead of transactional behavior with elements of opportunism, we get long-term consistency with a core of idealism. During more than five decades, he’s been part of progressive social movements that are committed to really changing the political winds — not blowing with them.
JB | How is that playing, this time around? Ironically, although Democratic voters have moved more and more…