There isn't a millimeter of distance between Bernie and me on nearly every issue, thus I will energetically support his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.
However, I would have real fears for the general election with him as our candidate. But I want to change that, and Bernie just might be able to start the process of accomplishing that change.
I was listening to Thom Hartman this afternoon talking about Bernie. Bernie emphasizes that we spend far too much money on the military - as much as the rest of the world combined. A woman caller commented that we need that money for "Progressive Programs." I totally agree, but I fear that the American electorate does not. Many, many otherwise decent people have a real problem with what they perceive to be welfare. They have been brainwashed by their media of choice into believing that most people of color are bloodsucking welfare whores and drug addicts. They are convinced that spending on the kinds of things we progressives support is simply a process of stealing money from them and giving it to people who refuse to work like they do.
We are never going to get the kind of government we need/deserve until we quash this abominable attitude. But we have a long way to go on that.
The perception is that all we progressives (and they know Bernie is one) want to do is give away more money to poor, unproductive, people - and by poor people they understand that to be people of color (other than white).
I'm not just talking about Tea Baggers on the extreme right. I'm talking about rational, reasonable, well educated people who find the Tea Party to be mostly stupid and reprehensible. They are probably what we could refer to as "the middle" in American politics today. They believe that there needs to be a balance and that welfare spending is completely out of control.