Election Notes Vermont: A Socialist in The House

A Socialist in The House

In a rural state like Vermont, Bernie Sanders carries heavy political baggage. His native Brooklyn bray grates on Yankee ears. Worse yet, he is a socialist. And he struck out in previous tries at statewide office. Yet the four-term former mayor of Burlington last week was elected the first independent Congressman in decades. Why? While Sanders rails raucously against huge corporations and tax breaks for the wealthy, Vermonters finally realized that his revolutionary bark has little bite. He ran Burlington efficiently, pushing nothing much more radical than a decree that 10% of all city-funded trade jobs go to women. Also, he...

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