When Our Revolution -- the new organization founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders -- kicked off in Burlington, Vermont, a nurse and long-time union organizer, Mari Cordes, introduced the iconic senator in front of the many thousands watching across the country. While Cordes is a major advocate for social change in Vermont, she is not a national figure. But some might call her a pioneer whose story may be the epitome of the kind of "political revolution" that Sanders says is "just getting started."
Cordes is among several Vermont progressives, many of whom have worked with Sanders in the past, who have already had success in winning down-ticket primaries this year against what Cordes described in an interview with Truthout as "the Democratic establishment in Vermont." She was endorsed personally by Bernie Sanders in her successful primary challenge for a seat in Vermont's House of Representatives, against an incumbent Democrat.
If neither presidential candidate wins the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College, Tim Kaine or Mike Pence could theoretically become the de facto president. It's time we abandoned the Electoral College for a free, open and unmediated democracy like a majority of the world's nations.
The political future of both parties hinges on two pernicious problems: growth -- or the lack of it -- and inequality. Pundits and parties who overlook the country's structural economic problems are certain to get another big surprise in the post-2016 electoral world.