Is Bernie Sanders “feeling the Bern? Not as a popular Democrat presidential candidate, but as a one-time, and now, potentially two-time loser, because the deck was stacked against him in 2016 – and may well be stacked against him again in 2020.
Excerpted from S. A. Miller’s article for the Washington Times:
Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ grassroots activists fear a repeat of 2016 in next year’s Democratic primary — this time, instead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they see the party establishment rallying around former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in an effort to deny their candidate the nomination.
“The mainstream media and the DNC are colluding against the American people. That’s what it feels like. It’s the same thing all over again,” said Massachusetts neuroscientist Laurie Cestnick, a Sanders supporter who founded Occupy DNC to protest the nomination of Mrs. Clinton at the party’s 2016 convention in Philadelphia.
If they feel jilted again, Ms. Cestnick and fellow activists say they are not afraid to stage another revolt at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, even if doing so damages the party’s nominee ahead of the general election contest against President Trump.
Interesting problem, isn’t it? Let’s consider the possibilities:
-If Democrats were to nominate the 77 year old Sanders, they would be resting their 2020 hopes on an old white man with a socialist agenda…which would outrage both the identity politics crowd and the less voluble but still considerable number of moderate Democrats.
It is hard to see how, under those circumstances, Sanders could win the election against President Trump.
-But if Democrats were to nominate Joe Biden instead of Bernie Sanders, and Sanders’ people thought that they were screwed over a second time by the Democrat establishment, the party’s candidate, another old white man, would still have the identity politics problem, and also undying anger from the considerable-sized Sanders/socialist segment.
It is hard to see how, under those circumstances, Biden could win the election against President Trump.
See the problem?
When a party is split this decisively and its factions are so antithetical to one another, no candidate is going to please everybody, or anywhere near it.
That is the genuinely daunting problem the Democrat Party faces when running against President Trump in 2020.
I wonder who has the best shot? I’m not even sure he/she is among the gang currently vying for the nomination: maybe the strongest candidate has not even declared yet.