Bernie Sanders and the Awesome Democrat Future

 

I’ve written various professions of my love for Bernie Sanders in the past – all, sadly unrequited – but things are quickly ratcheting up in the hunka-hunka Bernin’ love department.

So, without further ado, let’s just get this out of the way: Bernie Sanders will be the Democrat nominee for President in 2020. To say that this is good news for me in terms of my recommended daily intake of humor does the situation no justice.

Why do I think Bernie will emerge victorious? Math, essentially. You see, I’ve learned my lesson from 2016 where I posited the “Trump Ceiling” effect; the notion that Donald Trump’s support within the party was essentially capped at around 40%. I think I was right about that – Trump got about 45% of the total Primary Vote against a highly fractured field, but that turned out to be more than enough when there are 16 other clowns in the car with you.

The same situation is currently befalling the Democrats.

A panoply of other reasons contribute to Bernie’s inevitable victory as well. The well-worn chestnut of American Politics is that the Republican party always nominates “the next man up” in its national primary contests – indeed, when you examine history, the second-place candidate of the party frequently captures the Nomination in the subsequent open Presidential election. Reagan, Bush 41, McCain and Romney are all the most recent examples of this phenomenon. But until recently, that hasn’t been the case with the Democrat party.

Now, it’s the Democrats who are in the business of nominating the “next man…” or woman as the case may be. Hillary Clinton and now Bernie Sanders are both alike in their having come in second place in their party’s prior Presidential nominating contest… and amateur observers should take note of who comes in second place this time as well. His 2020 announcement essentially caused a catharsis among his small, but dedicated cadre of followers, who collectively gifted $6 million to the Junior Senator from Vermont. Why are they so loyal, and eager to give their money to a man who owns 3 houses?

This, in a nutshell explains why Bernie will win… even if he has about 35% of the vote by the time all is said and done. Socialism is so hot right now. All of the hipsters are into it, and Bernie’s cred in this sphere is so deep that he doesn’t even have to explain it in order to win the “woke” primary. The man honeymooned in Soviet Union while thousands starved in Gulags. That’s authenticity that pansy statements about transgenderism, wealth inequality and 70% tax rates just can’t touch.

Next, you have the primary map itself, which is heavily favored towards Bernie. In Iowa, Bern earned a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in 2016. It’s arguable that Bernie’s popularity there was a function of his being not-Hillary, but it’s impossible to discount the notion that name recognition alone will carry him across the finish line in the Caucuses.

Next, the map shifts to New Hampshire… which conveniently sits next to Bernie’s home state of Vermont. Bernie won there in 2016 by a count of 60/40 over Clinton. Advance polling in the “Live Free or Die” state puts Bern up by 15% over the next most popular Democrat that has announced, Kamala Harris. Joe Biden doesn’t count. He isn’t running.

Not that it matters, really. Did you notice something here as well? Over 50% of New Hampshire Democrats prefer candidates that fit the definition of being “old white guys.” This forms the leg of my final argument regarding why Bern will win.

Strangely, I think the fact that Bernie’s old whiteness is going to be an asset in the 2020 campaign. Democrat voters – well, a significant portion of them – are in many ways just like us. They’re sick of being condescended to and called names (Racist, Sexist, Bigot, Homophobe) and they also want somebody whom they believe can take on Donald Trump at a visceral level. Bernie accomplishes this goal by being the same thing as Trump: an irascible old coot who doesn’t care what you think about him. That sort of toughness and unwillingness to budge in the face of pressure from whiny wheedlers on the left flank of the party are going to be a talisman that wins him what’s left of the Democrat party’s center.

The other candidates in the race are tripping one another in their attempt to win the “woke” primary, but Bernie is just going to be able to look up at them from over those Coke bottle bottom glasses and ask: “What took you guys so long? I’ve been here for 30 years!”

The future for the Democrat party is going to be awesome. Their nominee is going to be 78 years old should he win the contest. A doddering socialist with one foot in the grave; a man who isn’t even a member of their party will be the archon for Democrats in 2020.

A more fitting epitaph for a political movement is hard to envision.

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There are 10 comments.

  1. DonG Coolidge

    Breadlines and circuses! 

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    • February 25, 2019, at 3:12 PM PDT
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  2. E. Kent Golding Member

    Trump versus Bernie. America really needs to repent, put on sackcloth and ashes, and beg God for mercy. Again, I will be voting for lesser evil as I perceive it.

     

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    • February 25, 2019, at 5:16 PM PDT
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    Bernie is an old white man. Not going to happen. Hillary will take him out before she is indicted. I have my money on Michelle O. So she has no experience, no knowledge and no expertise other than her revoked law license. No matter -such issues never stopped her husband. Just think, it would be the second coming of the Transformative Presidency – this time for real and she is a Womyn! All the right people in the media will simply swoon! 

    • #3
    • February 25, 2019, at 6:29 PM PDT
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  4. tigerlily Member

    I dunno. We’ll see during the primaries what holds more sway for Democrats in 2020 – socialist economics or identity politics. My money’s on identity politics which Bernie doesn’t really understand.

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    • February 25, 2019, at 6:35 PM PDT
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  5. Chris Campion Coolidge

    Pretty good. It’s crazy enough to happen. Trump showed that the old rules don’t necessarily apply anymore. So did Bernie, in a big way, in terms of fundraising and popularity.

    Which doesn’t make it desirable, of course. But not impossible. What it really means is that every loser in the country has a chance now to be a millionaire! If a gibbering dolt like Sanders can have 3 houses, then any American can!

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    • February 26, 2019, at 3:10 AM PDT
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  6. Retail Lawyer Member

    Oh sure, Dems will sometimes say its OK to be white . . . but it really isn’t. Their women will say its OK to be a man . . . but it really isn’t. And I have yet to hear them say its OK to be old. Maybe they are OK with letting old people dodder around . . . but they surely don’t want them deciding anything. As Mark Weaselburg famously said, “Face it, young people are smarter”.

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    • February 26, 2019, at 4:34 AM PDT
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  7. Stad Thatcher

    Shawn Buell (Majestyk): Bernie Sanders will be the Democrat nominee for President in 2020.

    Could be. I would have put my money on Kamala Harris because she checked off a lot of boxes. However, I’m always amzed at the rapidity with which a candidate can crash and burn.

    Joe Biden is just too boring, and Corey Booker is insane. Warren is in heap big doodoo, and will make an early exit back to the reservation.

    Oh, and Schultz will be a spoiler for the Dems . . .

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    • February 26, 2019, at 5:50 AM PDT
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  8. Shawn Buell (Majestyk) Contributor
    Shawn Buell (Majestyk) Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    Could be. I would have put my money on Kamala Harris because she checked off a lot of boxes. However, I’m always amzed at the rapidity with which a candidate can crash and burn.

    Joe Biden is just too boring, and Corey Booker is insane. Warren is in heap big doodoo, and will make an early exit back to the reservation.

    Oh, and Schultz will be a spoiler for the Dems . . .

    Having an existing infrastructure which just needed life to be breathed into it is a huge, built-in advantage for the Sanders Campaign, as their day 1 haul attests.

    No other Democrat candidate even comes close to being able to raise that kind of dough – and the micro-donation model now favored by the Sanders people means that when they light the Bern Signal, they can get a couple million dollars in a blink if they need it.

    Most of the other campaigns seem to be favoring the older PAC-and-Bundler model which can produce some large numbers, but only after you have essentially gained control of the race.

    No, Bernie’s first day total of $6 million came from over 220,000 individual sources, meaning that the average donor was giving around $25. This is practically an inexhaustible supply of campaign funds for a primary run – and comparing the “go wideness” of Bernie’s reach to the other candidates reveals his strength – Kamala Harris raised something like $1.5 million with only 1/10 of those donors… She is the Clinton candidate in this race, so she is adopting their fundraising model.

    The other candidates raised approximately $0.72 by comparison.

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    • February 26, 2019, at 6:39 AM PDT
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  9. Sisyphus Member

    Why wait, just rend your garments now.

    • #9
    • February 26, 2019, at 8:13 AM PDT
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  10. Could Be Anyone Member

    Shawn Buell (Majestyk) (View Comment):

    Having an existing infrastructure which just needed life to be breathed into it is a huge, built-in advantage for the Sanders Campaign, as their day 1 haul attests.

    No other Democrat candidate even comes close to being able to raise that kind of dough – and the micro-donation model now favored by the Sanders people means that when they light the Bern Signal, they can get a couple million dollars in a blink if they need it.

    Most of the other campaigns seem to be favoring the older PAC-and-Bundler model which can produce some large numbers, but only after you have essentially gained control of the race.

    No, Bernie’s first day total of $6 million came from over 220,000 individual sources, meaning that the average donor was giving around $25. This is practically an inexhaustible supply of campaign funds for a primary run – and comparing the “go wideness” of Bernie’s reach to the other candidates reveals his strength – Kamala Harris raised something like $1.5 million with only 1/10 of those donors… She is the Clinton candidate in this race, so she is adopting their fundraising model.

    The other candidates raised approximately $0.72 by comparison.

    And on top of all this is his name recognition.

    I would probably state your thesis a bit stronger. Sanders has the money, infrastructure (manpower and connections), “authenticity”, and name recognition to win a strong plurality–at least–in the Democratic Primary. The Democratic Party’s base voters, and a fair number of independents, are ripe for his economic focused agenda against the more socially focused agenda of most of his contenders.

    It should also be noted that he does change his party registration when he runs in the primary so he will be a Democrat when he runs. And to be honest there is no real difference between him as an independent and other Democrats. Its just a sales gimmick to voters, that works. 

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    • February 26, 2019, at 1:03 PM PDT
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