Unemployment? Yes, 2 or 3 percent of the working-age population has dropped out of the labor force, but the headline unemployment rate is 5 percent. Wages? They've been stagnant since the turn of the century, but the average family still makes close to $70,000, more than nearly any other country in the world. Health care? Our system is a mess, but 90 percent of the country has insurance coverage. Dissatisfaction with the system? According to Gallup, even among those with incomes under $30,000, only 27 percent are dissatisfied with their personal lives. Like it or not, you don't build a revolution on top of an economy like this. Period.
Two things stood out during the debate. The first is that Sanders is incapable of admitting a mistake. When asked if he would cast a different vote if he could have a do-over on the 1994 crime bill, Bernie did his usual defense of his vote, followed by stating that he wished he had a better bill. Bernie cannot openly admit that he was wrong.