Is Bernie Sanders the Democrats' Ronald Reagan?

Don't get your hopes up, progressives

Bernie Sanders, Ronald Reagan.
(Image credit: Images courtesy AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)

With the ignominious collapse of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some observers are already talking about a crippled Trump administration. The health-care failure will force a far more modest approach to tax reform than originally planned, the thinking goes, and Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan will collapse for similar reasons. With palpable glee, headlines are being written about a "fiery civil war" within the GOP.

In this context, let's dust off political scientist Corey Robin's influential essay articulating an extended analogy between the then-incoming Trump administration and the administration of Jimmy Carter.

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