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Bernie Sanders’ New Memoir May Be a Look Into the Democrats’ Future

After last Tuesday's cataclysm, the Vermont Senator's calls in Our Revolution to dismantle the rigged system will find a receptive audience.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the press before being introduced at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, on May 30, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to members of the press before being introduced at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, on May 30, 2016.

Photographer: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Early on in his new book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Senator Bernie Sanders describes the 2014 midterm elections as a “disaster” for establishment Democrats who failed to generate grassroots enthusiasm. “The election of 2014 was a wake-up call for the Democratic Party,” he writes. “I wondered if they heard it.”

The sound of last week’s Krakatoan explosion is still reverberating. Sanders, 75, finalized his account of his 2016 presidential campaign weeks before Donald Trump’s stunning upset of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, but given what’s just occurred the book is inevitably, satisfyingly prescient. It’s hard to escape the idea that the reason Sanders decided to enter the race against Clinton—“The Clinton approach was to try to merge the interests of Wall Street and corporate America with the needs of the American middle class—an impossible task,” he writes—was perhaps her biggest vulnerability against Trump.