the largest difference between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders is not over policy. There is scant daylight between them on most issues and certainly almost all of the causes near and dear to Democrats’ and progressives’ hearts. The largest difference, and therefore what the Democratic Party is truly grappling with, is not about two different visions of the party. The choice is between two theories of change. It’s the difference between working the system and smashing it.Since I think Sanders' revolution is a fantasy — anyone like to place a bet that Congress will have a majority of democratic socialists within the next decade? anybody? — that leaves me with Hillary.
Mr. Sanders is promising to get a lot done: tuition-free college, breaking up the largest banks, health care for all, a $15 minimum wage, even guaranteed vacation time. None of these ideas have much salience among Republican lawmakers, and he doesn’t appear to be the kind of messenger who might inspire them to give in.
But these aren’t just empty postures for Mr. Sanders. He promises that as president he would bring them about through what he’s calling “political revolution.” The idea is that his campaign will be so inspirational to voters, particularly young people and others who might not otherwise vote, that they will not just sweep him into office. They’ll vote out intransigent Republicans and usher in a wave of legislators who will help enact his agenda. “The only way we can get things done is by having millions of people coming together,” he explained at the first Democratic debate in October. . . .
If Mr. Sanders embodies idealism, then Mrs. Clinton is pragmatism incarnate. Mrs. Clinton’s message of how to get things done takes the lessons of President Obama’s eight years in office — that Republicans will mostly unite against anything, even policies that they once supported — and, rather than change the system, she promises to work it. At the same early debate where Mr. Sanders explained his revolution, Mrs. Clinton was asked if she was a progressive. “I’m a progressive,” she responded. “But I’m a progressive who likes to get things done.”
Monday, February 1, 2016
Clinton and Sanders
Nice summary of the difference: