Domenech: Trump And Sanders Represent "Beta Tests" Of A "New Political Realignment"

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During Sunday's Face The Nation roundtable, publisher of The Federalist Ben Domenech said that outside-the-box political candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are "not the disease" in American politics, "and they're not symptoms of the disease... They are the beta tests for a cure."

"I think we're moving from a traditional understanding of left-right politics," he said. "And for those of us... in sort of the established order of the political fray over the course of the past several years, it looks like chaos. But to the people, I think it looks like democracy."


BEN DOMENECH, THE FEDERALIST: In reality, what we are witnessing is a new political realignment

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS: But, Ben, isn't that -- I mean we're getting to the high fantasy theories now, right.

DOMENECH: Exactly. Exactly. What -- what we're witnessing really is a political realignment, John. I mean I think we're moving from a traditional understanding of left-right politics that we've had for a long time --

PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Yeah...

DOMENECH: To something that looks very different. The thing to understand here is that Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, they're -- they're not the disease and they're not the symptom of the disease. They are the beta test of a cure, from the perspective of the people. And for those of us... in sort of the established order of the political fray over the course of the past several years, it looks like chaos. But to the people I think it looks like democracy. And I think that that's something that really is moving us to a new reality, where the parties are going to have to retrofit themselves and adapt to this new realignment.

NOONAN: I think that was very smart.

DICKERSON: OK.

DOMENECH: Well, thank you, Peggy.

DICKERSON: So -- so a plus -- a plus one for Miss Noonan.

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