The feud between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee rages on. Sanders has publicly announced his support for Tim Canova, the candidate running against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Florida's 23rd Congressional district. In a statement, Sanders explained that Canova's views are much closer to his own. Under the surface, Sanders' move was a criticism of the primary rules and debate schedules set by the DNC, which, according to the Vermont senator, have unfairly benefitted Hillary Clinton.
So where exactly is Tim Canova, ideologically? Are his views in fact closer to Sanders'? It turns out the two are almost equidistant from Sanders. Canova is a very liberal 10+L, while Schultz is a comparatively more moderate 6.3L.
Perhaps Sanders' objection goes further than simply ideological alignment. In an election where Schultz is clearly the establishment candidate, she represents in many ways what Hillary Clinton does at the Presidential level: Schultz has raised significant amounts of money from corporate PACs and special interests, whereas Canova has only raised money from individuals. Here's a glimpse as to which groups are backing Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016.
Sanders has insisted on staying in the race, despite most experts concluding that the nomination, at this point, is out of his reach. Although some might attribute this to stubbornness, there's likely more to it than that. His objectives seem squarely aimed at an effort to reshape the Democratic party and its platform.
Either way, Sanders' impact on the Party will be felt for years to come. Perhaps his efforts will help the Democrats unite in a General Election and avoid the deep divide found in the Republican Party between the "establishment" and grassroots factions. But if it backfires, and his supporters refuse to back Clinton, Donald Trump will be waiting to reap the reward.