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At the last Democrat debate, I thought I knew what was going to happen. Sanders is the clear front-runner. The others are falling further and further behind, and Amy Klobuchar is nearly out of it. There are many in the Democrat party who want Mr. Sanders to lose, particularly his opponents onstage with him in the debate.
So I presumed that Ms. Klobuchar would, at some point, say something like this: “Look, after three long years of us Democrats appropriately screaming out with righteous indignation about the improper influence of Russians in American politics, we simply cannot nominate a communist for the presidency!” But she didn’t. Neither did anyone else. I find that odd.
The recent Democrat obsession with Russians interfering in American politics would seem to be a real problem for Bernie Sanders. He honeymooned in the Soviet Union, has openly admired every communist dictator from Fidel Castro to Hugo Chavez, and his list of quotes praising communism is long and overwhelming. So surely there are some Democrats who anticipate problems in the general election from this angle. So why not take advantage of his vulnerability now, rather than waiting until he loses the general election?
I thought this would be a good angle of attack from Klobuchar, but she demurred. Warren couldn’t really criticize anyone for being a communist, since she appears to be one herself. Buttigieg can’t either, since his father was an open communist. Joe Biden’s record in the Obama administration is problematic, as is his son’s adventures in eastern Europe, so he should probably avoid criticizing the communist connections of Mr. Sanders. And Bloomberg and Steyer are stuck as the old white male billionaires asking for votes from the Occupy Wall Street crowd. And that’s all the Democrats have got.
So there you go.
I presume that there are many in the Democrat party who are concerned that someone who claims to be a socialist and appears to be a communist is going to be the Democrat nominee for president. This is a big deal. It’s an even bigger deal that Democrat voters across the country are voting for Mr. Sanders. JFK would be horrified (…and Lee Harvey Oswald would presumably have been a Bernie Bro).
I would have thought that if the Democrats actually nominated a lifelong socialist/communist, that would be a sign that the Democrat party is hopelessly out of touch with the American people.
But that does not appear to be the case. He is winning votes, in large numbers, all over the USA. The Sanders movement is not just sociology professors and La Raza activists. It’s people from all walks of life. It’s huge.
This is concerning to the Democrat party leadership, and it’s terrifying to me.
Mr. Sanders probably won the presidential primary last time, but the Clinton gang managed to take it from him. They don’t appear to be doing so now, probably because his victory is so obvious at this point, that they would be alienating a lot of Democrat voters if they take him out. That makes sense, I guess.
But why aren’t his primary adversaries going after him in the debates? He has a huge vulnerability. And his vulnerability is about to become the vulnerability of the entire Democrat party. Fix this now. Just tie him to Russia and communism. Russian interference in American politics has been in the news for years. Everybody’s talking about it. The ads write themselves. Problems fixed. Simple.
But none of his opponents have even touched this obvious weakness.
I find this fascinating.
Could it be that the Democrat power brokers really believe that Mr. Sanders represents the average Democrat voter? Could it be that they are right?
Of course not. That’s ridiculous. Right? The average Democrat voter is not a communist. Right? I mean, come on.
But then, why don’t they just fix this? Ms. Klobuchar missed a golden opportunity. And so did the Democrat party. I think.
As is so often the case when I think about the Democrat party, I feel like I’m missing something here…Published in