The reason for Donald Trump’s success is simple: He actually does what generations of Republicans have said they’re going to do. It weirds people out — the guy sounds like your typical New York Democrat, but he acts like uber-Reagan. The best illustration: Every Republican since the 1970s has made noises about the Right to Life March, but none ever attended. It was all just obvious lip service. Trump, the umpteen-times-married pussy grabber, actually went. Every other Republican talks Right, but goes Left. Trump talks Left, Right, whatever, incoherently — and talks and talks and talks and talks and talks — but when he moves, he goes Right. That’s why he wins.
Bernie Sanders, then, really is the Left’s Trump. Democrats, too, talk Right and go Left. America is a center-right country; the only way Leftists win is by pretending to be Centrists. The Media has run the exact same playbook since the Sixties — Josef fucking Stalin could be running for President as a Democrat, and the New York Times, Washington Post, etc. would devote endless column inches to what a straight-shootin’ centrist nonpartisan he is. Remember back in 2008, when the Media rushed to lecture us about how Obama was far more conservative than Nixon?*
But Bernie talks Left and goes Lefter. His platform is straight outta 1904, but so is the entire Democratic Party. Single payer health care? They’ve been mooning over that since 1992.** Free college? Endless maternity leave? Universal kindergarten and pre-K? Back in the 1970s, all that was called “Sweden,” and the Democrats have been drooling over it for more than half a century now. I know it’s hard to believe, but cast your mind back to the dim dark days of 2012. This “intersectional” crap would’ve gotten you laughed out of anywhere but the looniest college campus back then. Hell, Bathhouse Barry Obama — a pillow-biter if ever I saw one — was still pretending to be against gay marriage back then.
Bernie’s just saying what they all believe, and have believed, for the better part of 100 years now.
That being the case, there’s no way in hell he makes it through to the party convention in Milwaukee. As Z Man asked today, can you even imagine a debate between Trump and Sanders? It’d sound like Reagan-Mondale round 2, which would be absolute death for Globohomo. Both of them are just saying what their respective parties have been saying since at least 1984… but since they both obviously mean it, even the dumbest viewer will start to wonder just why neither party has managed to deliver anything.
I don’t think the Dems would be so gauche as to actually Epstein the guy…. but I sure as hell wouldn’t rule it out. The Dems have had five years’ experience with what happens when a politician actually threatens to deliver on the standard Party talking points. The Republicans are stuck with Trump, but the Donks will find some way to torpedo Bernie. Bet the farm on it. Keep your pill bottles on you at all times, Bernie, and don’t wear lace-up shoes.