Calm down, establishment Democrats. Bernie Sanders might be the safest choice.

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I believe the party bosses fail to comprehend how uninspiring, to be kind, the "defenders" of the "middle ground" -- Buttigieg, Biden, Klobuchar, Steyer, and the backdoor Republican --have become to big swaths of the electorate.

Sometimes you fight fire with water. Sometimes you fight fire with fire.

Calm down, establishment Democrats. Bernie Sanders might be the safest choice
Right after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s big win in last week’s Nevada caucuses, Joe Lockhart, President Bill Clinton’s former press secretary, expressed the fear gripping the Democratic establishment in an op-ed for CNN: “I don’t believe the country is prepared to support a Democratic socialist, and I agree with the theory that Sanders would lose in a matchup against Trump.”​
Like much of the party establishment, he is viewing American politics through outmoded lenses of left versus right, with Sanders (I-Vt.) on the far left and President Trump on the far right. So-called moderates such as former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg supposedly occupy the political center, appealing to a broader swath of the electorate.​
This may have been the correct frame for politics decades ago, when America still had a growing middle class, but it’s obsolete today. As wealth and power have moved to the top and the middle class has shrunk, more Americans feel politically disempowered and economically insecure. Today's main divide isn’t left versus right. It’s establishment versus anti-establishment.​
...Trump galvanized millions of blue-collar voters living in places that never recovered from the tidal wave of factory closings. He promised to bring back jobs, revive manufacturing and get tough on trade and immigration. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing,” he roared. “Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a workers’ party,” he forecast. “A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.” He blasted politicians and financiers who “took away from the people their means of making a living and supporting their families.”​
...Trump’s populist pose, of course, was one of the biggest cons in American political history. Since his election he has given the denizens of C-suites and boardrooms almost everything they’ve wanted and hasn’t markedly improved the lives of his working-class supporters, even if his politically incorrect, in-your-face style continues to make many feel as if he’s taking on the system.​
The frustrations today are larger than they were four years ago. Even though corporate profits and executive pay have soared, the typical worker’s pay has barely risen, jobs are less secure, and health care less affordable.​
The best way for Democrats to defeat Trump’s fake populism is with the real thing, coupled with an agenda of systemic reform. This is what Sanders offers. For that reason, he has the best chance of generating the energy and enthusiasm needed to regain the White House....

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/02/26/calm-down-establishment-democrats-bernie-sanders-might-be-safest-choice/
 
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A lot of people are hoping Bernie wins the nomination. Even many republicans are pulling for Bernie!
 
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A lot of people are hoping Bernie wins the nomination. Even many republicans are pulling for Bernie!
careful with that axe, Eugene

I get that trumpublicans are pulling for Sanders, because they think trump has the best chance of beating him

- however -

some Dems pulled for trump in the 16 R primary for the same reason

And boy is there egg on their faces!
 
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careful with that axe, Eugene

I get that trumpublicans are pulling for Sanders, because they think trump has the best chance of beating him

- however -

some Dems pulled for trump in the 16 R primary for the same reason

And boy is there egg on their faces!
Yep, no one thought Trump could win because we assumed people weren't that stupid. Clearly, we gave the right way too much credit. The right is indeed that stupid.
 
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Yep, no one thought Trump could win because we assumed people weren't that stupid. Clearly, we gave the right way too much credit. The right is indeed that stupid.
Maybe its excusable to vote for him, thinking, there is no way he can be such a dick like he was campaigning. But, still supporting him aftger his joke of a presidency, and being even more of a dick than anybody could have imagined, and republicans being corrupt crooks enabling him and jamming garbage hacks onto the courts. Absolutely no excuse now.

These people are worse than stupid, they are the Taliban
 
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Oh, and people aren't tired of Trump? Seriously? Did someone hijack your account?
When the hell have liberals gotten anything int he last 40 years? Its been republican and right leaning policies for decades, leading to the disaster we are currently have. But stupid people are brainwashed to blame liberals for everything.

The one thing you have to know about things people on the right say, its 100% projection. Everything they say about dems is stuff they actually say, do and believe
 
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