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An obscure Vermont congressman, Bernie Sanders, had been reelected for years as a socialist— in a then generally Republican state. At a time when vagueness and opportunism in politics seemed to be the order of the day, here was an elected official who succeeded by being totally transparent and relentless about his values.

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