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The Europeans, especially the progressive ones, should acquaint themselves well with the phenomenon of Great Awakenings in America. These waves of religious revival, Christian fundamentalism tend to foreshadow key social-political shifts:
The First Great Awakening led after many years to the American and Jeffersonian Revolutions.

The Second Great Awakening led, after many years, to the Civil War and Abolition.

The Third Great Awakening led, after setbacks, to the Populist and then Progressive Movements.

The Fourth Great Awakening led to the New Deal.

The Fifth Great Awakening led to the second Reconstruction, the Great Society, Feminism, and social upheavals.

Trump's Great Awakening might not be of a religious kind, but he apparently touches the national nerve better than Sanders or an army of marginal activists like us. We, lazy arrogant sinners, in the hands of an angry God...
by das monde on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 01:13:42 AM EST
he apparently touches the national nerve better than Sanders

Huh? Sanders beats Trump in all polls and in most key sub-groups of voters. He only touches the conservative nerve more.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:51:17 AM EST
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Maybe, but the problem is that as much as people like Sanders in polls, they never show up to vote for him.
by Zwackus on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 03:20:57 AM EST
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Sanders keeps winning states when Hillary is not intense. Did he underachieve many polls?
by das monde on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 04:00:41 AM EST
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Borowitz Report
Bernie Sanders failed to impress major media outlets over the weekend as he barely managed to win seventy per cent of the vote in three western primaries.

The major cable networks briefly mentioned Sanders's vote tallies in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii but noted that he ran out of steam well shy of eighty per cent.

"There's no point in sugarcoating it," one analyst put it. "Rough night for Sanders."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 04:02:49 AM EST
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