It is inarguable that In the coming historic* political contest between the Republican and Democrat nominees it would be best for the former if the latter were radical social democrat Bernie Sanders than the more seemingly centrist Hillary Clinton-a social democrat to a lesser degree. There is no way in hell that with 80% of voters having a high level of concern about the federal government's runaway spending and $19 trillion debt that they'd elect as president a man who wants to hugely expand the size, scope and expense of government by at least 40% (see).
*Historic because for the first time a presidential nominee of either major party will be a woman or a Jew.
Most Americans would be frightened to have as president this decent but foolhardy man with his utopian faith in big government and contempt for free market capitalism-which to him is a completely corrupt and rigged system that keeps the poor in poverty and is shrinking the middle class as if upward mobility were a thing of the past, and rich Americans a fixed plutocratic caste. Though Sanders would be unelectable as his party's nominee nonetheless after Super Tuesday if he can win more support from the black community then it may be possible that he could pull a Bill Clinton* on frontrunner Hillary thus ensuring a Republican victory in November. It's a big if I know after South Carolina. But as you will see below it is a real possibility.
*In 1992 Bill Clinton went into Super Tuesday with no wins. And it wasn't until then that he won his first primary which was in Georgia (see).
Indeed, according to the Real Clear Politics average poll Clinton is beating Sanders nationally 47% to 42%; and what is mostly giving Hillary that 5 point edge are blacks who carried her to a landslide victory in South Carolina Saturday. According to Gallup Hillary among blacks is crushing Sanders by a 57 point margin 80% to 23%. And unless Sanders can significantly close that gap he stands no chance of beating her. As is well known Sanders' problem with blacks is not ideology but name recognition. Blacks know Hillary way better than Sanders: she was married to the 42nd president who was popular with blacks, was the senator from New York (a state with a large black population), and was the first black president's first secretary of state.
But in the time remaining in this primary season there is a way I believe for Sanders to take a big chunk out of Hillary's black support. How? It hinges on a crucial issue where Hillary is most vulnerable with blacks: welfare reform. Indeed, in 1996 husband Bill signed into law his signature piece of legislation: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). The purpose of this bill, in Clinton's words, was to "end welfare as we know it;" and it did just that. This was achieved by giving welfare recipients who were able to work, called "the undeserving poor," the incentive to find employment and get off the dole; called "workfare" it was a worthy program backed by Newt Gingrich and the Republican led House which gave Clinton the victory.
But in 1996 then Vermont Representative Bernie Sanders (with most House Democrats) opposed Clinton's workfare bill as an ill conceived, neo-liberal, right leaning program that would end up doing more harm than good to the poor-especially to poor blacks. Indeed, Sanders (and most Dems) refused to acknowledge the distinction made in the bill between the "deserving" and "undeserving poor." For Sanders (and most Dems) every poor person is a victim of a rigged economy that unfairly favors the rich over the poor and enriches the former at the latter's expense. For Sanders (and most Dems) it was immoral, unjust and criminally wrong to take any poor family or individual (whether able to work or not) off of the welfare rolls; and 20 years later this cradle to grave nanny state socialist hasn't changed his radical leftist tune.
Senator Bernie Sanders, flanked by the state legislators Joseph H. Neal, left, and Justin T. Bamberg, at a news conference in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday, telling reporters that Bill Clinton's workfare program "punished the poor and didn't help them."