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Sanders' Michigan Win Affirms Fair Trade Movement
Bernie’s win in Michigan was no “surprise”. His surge was testimony to his campaign spirit. It also was based on a Michigan rejection of the false promises of Clinton-era corporate and financial globalization policies like NAFTA and the TPP. Five million US manufacturing jobs were lost between 1997 and 2014. The US lost 850,000 jobs to Mexico alone during 1993-2013 according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Hillary’s weaknesses on trade will be highlighted in Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. Losses of white working class voters due to corporate-designed trade policies will benefit Donald Trump’s campaign through November. The Rust Belt already has seen tremendous Democratic decline at the hands of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with no sign of reviving the Progressive La Follette tradition there. Wisconsin has become the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws, and its Civil Service system is replaced by one in which a worker can be fired at any time for any reason, a state model of the corporate globalization trend.
Hillary still retains a strong margin of convention delegates votes based on her string of wins in the old Confederacy and her two-point margin in liberal Massachusetts and three-point victory in Nevada. But the Bernie surge may continue in the Midwest, Northwest and Pacific Rim States. Further momentum will help him in New York and Pennsylvania. Hillary’s edge with super-delegates could be shaken if Bernie continues to notch up close victories.
Hillary still retains a strong margin based on her sweep of the Old South and super-delegates already pledged to her. The tighter the race, the more difficult it may become to build a united front of Democrats without lasting bruises and divisions lead to lower turnout and voter defections.
The Michigan results prove the continuing resonance of the Seattle ’99 message that NAFTA, or today’s TPP, ruins the lives and expectations of hundreds of thousands of industrial workers while importing huge上海千花坊论坛