This jumped out to me:
Sanders’s exasperation was the principal fact to be communicated, more than any political content. Trump was about winning again. Sanders was about having lost. The vagueness of American politics is what astonished the outsider. It’s all about feelings and God and bullshit. Sanders actually uttered the following sentence out loud: “What we’re saying is when millions of people come together to restore their government we can do extraordinary things.” Nobody asked what he meant. Nobody asked for numbers. They applauded. Better to take it in the spirit in which it’s given, like a Catskills resort comedian.
This may just be my bias compelling me to defend him but Sanders probably could explain what he means and give numbers and all that, but that won't win him the election. More than any other candidate, I've heard him talk about real policy, real plans, and real action. But Americans vote with their hearts, so you have to be able to whip up enthusiasm and these sorts of empty calls to action do a much better job of that then careful deliberation on the finer points of policy.
I guess that is what the author is getting at throughout the piece. I just don't like the idea of painting all of American politics in such broad strokes. Or maybe I'm just looking for an alibi for my support of Bernie as well as my whiteness.
Fantastic article, regardless.