I would like to think that ignorance can be overcome.
Four years ago, Medicare for All was a crazy idea from a hippie congressman from Vermont. Today, over 50% of Americans support Medicare for All. (January 30, 2020 The Hill poll)
Of course, like @Chris’s family members, some people will prefer M4A over socialist “Sanderscare.” 😉
You also have a generation of Millennials with soul crushing student debt, or an inability to afford the university education or trade school required to get a decent job.
So compared to four years ago, it’s significantly easier to sell these “socialist” ideas to the disaffected voters that @Shewmaker has talked about. These are the same voters who voted for Obama and then Trump because they hoped there would actually be real positive change in their lives and in their children and grandchildren’s lives.
I’m not saying it would be easy and there’s obviously no guarantees. But when you look at all the other candidates, they all have plenty of baggage that can turn off swing voters: sexual orientation, racism accusations, former Republican, prosecuted innocent black individuals, East Coast Elite, a woman, age (too young or too old), progressive, in the pocket of Wall Street, etc.
I mean, do any of the Moderate Dem candidates even come close to Obama in electability?