The Nation doesn't often endorse a Democratic primary candidate—the magazine has previously only done so for Jesse Jackson in 1988 and Barack Obama 20 years later—but this year it's endorsing Bernie Sanders. The editors write that Sanders "has already transformed the politics" of the race by drawing more than 1 million small donors who support his calls for economic and social justice and his fight against inequality—allowing him to "[spurn] the support of corporate super-PACs" and avoid being under the thumb of special interests. Sanders wants a "political revolution" that the editors "believe ... is not only possible but necessary."
Americans are demanding change via the fight for a $15 minimum wage, the Black Lives Matter movement, and campaigns calling for immigrant rights, action on climate change, and single-payer healthcare, the editors write, proving that they are "fed up and fighting back." In Sanders, they have "an ally and a champion." Yes, they acknowledge, Sanders still has a "steep" road to the White House, and he needs to talk more about foreign policy and work on building up support in the African-American, Latino, and Asian-American communities. But "his run has already...demonstrated that a different kind of politics is possible." The editors have a lot more to say on the matter—full editorial here. (Read more Bernie Sanders stories.)