Toward a Deep Presidency: Coming to Terms with Our Constitutional Catastrophe-in-Chief

  • William F. Grover
  • Joseph G. Peschek
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


If Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were elected president in 2016, “what do you think that would do?” Set aside for a second the implausibility of a democratic socialist from the small state of Vermont—the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress—raising anything like the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to contend for the office. Turn your back on the obvious point that a Democratic Party insider like former First Lady and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has nearly universal name recognition. As an Independent, Sanders would run the risk of being labeled a “spoiler,” and held in contempt by many liberals, as was Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election—do not even consider that possibility. And if he contested the primary as a Democrat, well, the party faithful might not exactly flock to such an “outsider.” Suspend all of your disbelief. The proposition still remains: what would happen if the United States—however far-fetched the possibility might seem—elected a progressive, socialist-leaning, working-class advocate from an electorally insignificant state to serve as president in 2016? Assume he rode a wave of popularity as a progressive voice for working Americans, somehow managing to win the nomination of the Democratic Party and then the general election. What would happen the morning after, when the election night parties had died down?


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